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Exhibitions and displays

Exhibitions and displays

The City of Ottawa Archives has several exhibitions, virtual exhibits and displays that highlight the City’s history, local culture and heritage.

Barbara Ann Scott Gallery

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Chains of Office

A Chain of Office symbolizes the mayor's service to the municipality. The chain also symbolizes the strength and diversity of Ottawa communities. The idea comes from the medieval tradition of livery collars where colourful fabric collars, unique to a powerful individual, were worn by their servants for identification. British municipalities began to copy this behaviour in the 1500s. Many Canadian municipalities adopted the practice.

With amalgamation in 2000, a number of Chains of Office used by former municipalities were retired and are now on display.

Location and Hours

Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

613-580-2857 (TTY: 613-580-2401)

Open daily 9 am to 8 pm, including holidays.

Free admission.

Wheelchair accessible.

Paid parking available. FREE PARKING available at the City Hall garage on weekday evenings after 6 pm and all day on weekends.

Gallery 112

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Rideau Branch Exhibit: Main Street North Gower

City of Ottawa Archives - Rideau Branch and Friends of the Rideau Township Archives invite you to view a new exhibit: Main Street North Gower. Explore the rich heritage of North Gower's 'main drag' through images, artifacts and documents.

6581 Fourth Line Road, North Gower

June 2019 to May 2020

The Canadian Tribute to Human Rights

The Canadian Tribute to Human Rights monument is dedicated to the struggle for fundamental rights and freedoms. The Tribute is located in Nelson Mandela Square on the grounds of Ottawa City Hall, at the intersection of Elgin Street and Lisgar Street.

Location and Hours

Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Nelson Mandela Square - Ottawa City Hall grounds (intersection of Elgin Street and Lisgar Street)

613-580-2857 (TTY: 613-580-2401)

Open daily. The monument can be visited 24 hours per day.

Free admission.

Wheelchair accessible.

Paid parking available. FREE PARKING available at the City Hall garage on weekday evenings after 6 pm and all day on weekends.

A Virtual Exhibit: Ottawa Becomes the Capital

Time Traveller App

The City of Ottawa Archives has developed a new application that provides access to Ottawa’s history and its landmarks in the palm of your hand.

This app allows you to travel through time to discover places, events and people that shaped the City of Ottawa since Confederation. By no means an exhaustive list, Time Traveller encourages you to go out and seek history. 

There are three ways to ‘time travel’ using the app:

  • Use the interactive map and choose a story based on location
  • Follow the timeline
  • Teleport to a random story

The app is available in the Apple and Google Play stores for download. The app works in English and French depending on the language preference you have chosen for your phone.

Image: To illustrate what the Time Traveller app looks like.

Witness of Change: Visions from the Andrews-Newton Photographs

The Andrews-Newton photographers documented Ottawa’s growth and transformation.

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