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Arts, heritage and culture

Experience

Play in the past and make memories for the future at your City of Ottawa’s local museums and historic sites.

Experience more variety than ever before at our local theatres.

Creativity thrives in any discipline and so will you when you take a class at a City of Ottawa arts centre.

City of Ottawa Archives Map of Ottawa 1940

Discover Ottawa’s archival treasures. Research your house, your family, or explore more than three million photographs.

Public art brings colour, beauty and imagination to neighbourhoods all over town. Whether it’s a mural at a Transitway station or a sculpture along the sidewalk, public art has become part of the fabric of this city - inspiring residents and visitors alike.

The City of Ottawa Art Collection is comprised of more than 2,800 artworks created by over 781 artists. Artwork from this collection is presented at over 170 public sites across Ottawa!

Create

#ottmusik is an initiative that brings local music to the City of Ottawa's phone system. When a caller has to wait on the phone, we want them to hear your music!

Develop

OAG Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment, Algonquin Anishinabe Commemorative Artwork and #ottmusik

Property tax relief for not-for-profit cultural, charitable or artistic organizations operating in Ottawa.

report and research

Ottawa music industry, OttawaXYZ cultural map, Canada Council for the Arts and National Trust for Canada

Professional Cultural Awards

The Ottawa Book Awards and Prix du livre d’Ottawa recognize the top English and French books published in the previous year.

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