Two of Ottawa’s most popular museums are poised to reopen soon to the public following their pandemic-related hiatuses, with the Canada Science and Technology Museum reopening Friday and the Canadian Museum of Nature reopening Sept. 5, the Saturday before Labour Day.
For the science and technology museum, all visitors must reserve tickets online. The museum has reduced the number of visitors allowed on site, where physical distancing and the wearing of masks will be required. Visitors will follow a specified path in the museum, and additional hand-sanitizing stations have been installed.
The nature museum is reducing its capacity to 250 at any given time, and its new hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, plus Labour Day Monday. Tickets can be reserved online in 15-minute time slots and visitors must wear masks and observe physical distancing. A path within the museum will be designated and some of the museum’s high-touch interactive areas will remain closed for the time being.
On Sept. 25, the nature museum will launch its exhibition Planet Ice: Mysteries of the Ice Ages, which features specimens, artifacts and models that depict 80,000 years of earth’s history. The exhibition will run until Jan. 3, 2021, when it will start its international tour.
Earlier this month, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum reopened. Both require visitors to buy e-tickets online.