Health and Safety
To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for our visitors and staff, the following health and safety guidelines are in place.
For safety reasons, some spaces may be closed. For more information, visit Site Plan & Facilities.
STAY AT HOME IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS
If you have any symptoms, please postpone your visit until you are well.
FACE MASKS RECOMMENDED
Masks are no longer mandatory but recommended in the museums.
ENHANCED CLEANING AND HAND-WASHING STATIONS
Hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout the museum. High-touch areas are cleaned and disinfected frequently.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING RECOMMENDED
Families and other social units keep at least two metres (six feet) apart from others when possible.
Visitor Code of Conduct
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is a national museum and is open to all. Respectful use of the space, resources, and animals ensures a safe and enriching experience for all visitors.
IMPORTANT! During COVID-19, following the museum and public health guidelines will help to keep you and your loved ones safe during your visit.
We also ask that adhere to the guidelines defined in the PDF below.
The possession or use of objects that are dangerous or prohibited by law is not permitted on the premises during museum visits or events.
Backpacks, coolers, sports bags, strollers, and purses may be subject to “bag searches” at all entry points.
The following items are not permitted in the museum, or any event area:
- Any bag exceeding 35 cm x 35 cm x 15.25 cm in size
- Hard-covered briefcases
- Flags, banners, or posters that might obstruct a visitor’s view
- Alcohol and glass bottles
- Drones or other similar objects
- Any object that makes noise (bells, horns)
- Any animal, except service animals (presentation of certification required)
- Fireworks or other pyrotechnical apparatus
- Laser pointers
- Audio visual equipment; i.e., video cameras on tripods (exceptions need preapproval by Public Affairs prior entry) Please contact: email@example.com
- Any weapon, pocket knife, cutter, blade, or any other knives, prohibited weapons, blunt objects, aerosol, capsicum/“pepper spray”*
- Any object deemed suspicious by security personnel*
*Knives, Weapons or Suspicious items
- Any knife, weapon, or object considered dangerous or risky is prohibited on the premises
- Any person with that type of item in their possession will be denied access to the venue, unless they voluntarily dispose of the object in the containers provided for this purpose
- Weapons and other items voluntarily given up for that purpose will be destroyed
Visitors must purchase their tickets online in advance of their visit. Members and those visiting during the free hour from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. are required to reserve their time slot using the e-ticket portal below.
This process ensures that we keep the capacity of site visitors within the recommended guidelines, and that practises such as physical distancing can be maintained.
When purchasing your ticket, you will be able to select a time slot. Your e-tickets will be available to download on your mobile device.
NOTE: E-tickets are non-transferable, and cannot be cancelled. Unable to purchase your tickets online or have questions? Please contact our Customer Relations Team by phone at: 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416, or by email: contact@IngeniumCanada.org.
Stay at home with symptoms
If you have (mild) symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever, or a sore throat shortly before your planned visit, stay at home. You can switch your ticket to another day, free of charge. Please contact our Customer Relations Team by phone at: 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416, or by email: contact@IngeniumCanada.org.
Yes. Everyone must purchase an advance ticket online. Visitors will not be able to purchase a ticket from our staff on-site. You will be able to choose a specific time to start your visit. Unable to purchase your tickets online or have questions? Please contact our Customer Relations Team by phone at: 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416, or by email: contact@IngeniumCanada.org.
Please ensure you arrive on time. Unfortunately, it is not possible to visit the museum later than your booked start time. This is due to the limited capacity of the museum, as a result of the guidelines issued by Ontario Public Health. Allow for sufficient time to park and make your way to the museum entrance.
Visitors are responsible for arriving on time for the visit time indicated on their ticket.
While some tickets are available on site, visitors are required to purchase their tickets online to ensure they can visit at their desired time. Unable to purchase your tickets online or have questions? Please contact our Customer Relations Team by phone at: 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416, or by email: contact@IngeniumCanada.org.
No, there is no restriction on the duration of your visit. Please note that an average visit takes approximately two hours.
No. In order to respect the reduced site capacity, re-entry is not permitted.
Currently, the museum is only open to individual visitors.
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is open year-round.
The museum is open to the public seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The museum is open on statutory holidays, except December 25.
The museum offers free admission from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please reserve your tickets in advance.
Join us at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. Admission fees are:
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|Category||Fees for visits before June 1, 2022||Fees for visits after June 1, 2022|
|Senior (age 60+) / Student*||$10.25||$11.25|
|Youth (ages 3-17)||$10.25||$11.25|
|Child (age 2 and under)||Free||Free|
|Family (6 pers. – max 2 adults)||$34||$37.50|
All admission prices do not include applicable taxes and are subject to change without notice.
Admission is free daily between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. **You MUST reserve your ticket online in advance for that time slot.
*Students must show valid student identification.
** Free admission does not apply to special exhibitions and events.
Ingenium offers free admission to all active Canadian military personnel, Canadian military veterans, Indigenous peoples, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and a support leader accompanying a person with disabilities. When available, presentation of an Identification Card is requested.
Become a member for unlimited free admission.
If you have a pass for a free museum visit, please check in at the museum’s front desk. You will be able to access the museum at the next available time slot. Please note that we cannot guarantee access to our museum at a specific time.
In order to maintain required health and safety practises at our sites, we are unable to accommodate group visits at this time.
901 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Please note that visitor parking is located at the Indigo parking lot, accessible via Prince of Wales only.
The museum offers paid, on-site parking, with registration of your licence plate. Please note that visitor parking is located at the parking lot, accessible via Prince of Wales only.
PAY BY PHONE!
Download the Park Indigo app on your phone before your museum visit and skip the lines at the pay stations.
- Download the app on IOS or Android.
- When you arrive at the museum, find a parking spot.
- Using the app, select the museum as your location
- Enter your licence plate number
- Select the desired amount of time.
- Pay by phone and enjoy your museum visit!
*Please pay for parking on-site. Paying in advance does NOT GUARANTEE a parking place.
ON-SITE PARKING FEES
- $3 per hour
- $8 daily maximum
- $4 evening flat rate after 5 p.m.
Rates include applicable taxes and are subject to change without notice.
An average visit to the museum lasts 2 hours.
A daily maximum parking ticket is valid at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum (same day only).
The museum remains committed to providing visitors with an affordable educational experience. All parking revenues will be invested in the museum to support programming. Automated pay stations are conveniently located and easy to use.
We recommend visitors download the Park Indigo app on your phone before your museum visit, for a touchless option.
However, for those who are unable to do so, the existing parking meters will be available.
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is a working farm located on a national heritage site in the heart of Ottawa. While every effort is made to provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere, some areas of the Museum have limited accessibility. However, the Museum is committed to providing an excellent visitor experience, and Staff will do their best to accommodate visitor needs. If you have questions or concerns about your upcoming visit, please contact us.
Designated Accessible Parking
As part of the Museum’s ongoing commitment to accessibility, designated spaces are available for people with special needs (permit required). There is no fee for parking vehicles with this permit.
Site Plan and Facilities
There are lots of things to see and do as you explore the world’s only working farm in the heart of a capital city! The museum offers visitors a unique opportunity to see diverse breeds of farm animals—important to past and present Canadian agriculture—and to learn about the food they eat. In addition to breeds common to Canadian agriculture, such as Holstein dairy cows and Angus beef cows, the museum also has Canadienne and Milking Shorthorn dairy cows, and Tamworth pigs. Many other breeds of dairy and beef cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, poultry, goats, rabbits and even honeybees round out the collection.
For your health and safety, some interactive elements and zones are currently unavailable, including: the play area in Canola! Seeds of Innovation, the second floor of the Learning Centre, and costumes.
Visit the full list of exhibitions that are open and closed.
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum includes:
- learning centre
- horse and cattle barn
- dairy barn
- sheep field
- small animal barn
- exhibition halls
- play structure
- green spaces and picnic area *OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE*
Bathrooms are conveniently located throughout the farm, in each building, including the exhibition space on the second floor of the Dairy Barn.
Renting the museum's venues
Ingenium and its three museum sites are available for events.
Please note that some of our spaces may not be available for booking, and events may be limited based on provincial guidelines for capacity and social distancing.
Check with our events team for available dates.
The play area in Canola! Seeds of Innovation, the second floor of the Learning Centre, and costumes are currently unavailable.
Food and Drink
Join the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum for lunch. The picturesque setting of this demonstration farm is ideal for picnic lunches and snacks.
Drinking fountains and bottle-filler fountains are available on-site. We recommend guests bring their own water bottle.
You are welcome to bring your own picnic or sack lunch. The museum does not permit the use of barbecues or hibachis on site.
Bottle-filler fountains are available on-site. For health and safety reasons, there are no drinking fountains. We recommend guests bring their own water bottle.
There is no indoor eating area. There is a limited number of picnic tables outdoors. Please be aware that picnic tables are not sanitized between users.
Yes, but there is a limited number of picnic tables. Please be aware that picnic tables are not sanitized between users.
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is a demonstration farm in the heart of Ottawa. Visitors are always welcome, but some precautions are necessary to keep everyone — both humans and herds — safe.
View frequently-asked questions about animal welfare at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.
Protect yourself and the animals by practising biosecurity. Biosecurity is the word we use for simple, inexpensive steps that prevent the introduction and spread of diseases. Learn about biosecurity and the precautions you can take to protect yourself and the Museum’s animals. Download this PDF from the Canada Food Inspection Agency prior to your visit.
Filming and Photos
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum welcomes visitors to take either still or video images of the Museum’s animals, buildings, exhibitions, and grounds during opening hours. All photography is for personal use only, not professional.
Please be respectful of the animals while using your camera. Getting too close or being too aggressive in your attempt to get an image could compromise your safety and cause stress to the animals. For safety reasons and for the enjoyment of all visitors, all indoor photography or video must be done with hand-held devices only; no tripods or selfie sticks indoors.
Please ensure that your photography activities respect the needs, privacy, and safety of visitors, staff, and volunteers. Your activities must not distract staff or volunteers from their primary duties. Please do not take images of other visitors or of Museum staff or volunteers. Photographing visiting schoolchildren and day camp participants is not permitted at any time.
Please remember that the Museum is a working farm. Please be mindful of safety and understand that seasonal weather conditions can impact your visit and photography.
Handheld cameras, video cameras, and camera phones are welcomed in all public indoor and outdoor spaces, subject to the following:
- Photographs and videos are for personal use only and may not be sold or used for any form of promotion, information campaigns or propaganda unless consent has been explicitly granted in writing by Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation. Failure to request consent for such activities may result in legal action.
- Selfie sticks and tripods are allowed in outdoor spaces only. Selfie sticks and tripods are not allowed inside.
- Please maintain a safe distance and regard for all animals, machinery, and visitors.
- Please do not take images of visitors who are not in your party, or images of Museum staff or volunteers.
- Photographing visiting schoolchildren and day camp participants is not permitted at any time.
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission from visitors to take images on its premises if such activity is a disruption to other visitors, staff, or volunteers, and/or is perceived to possibly compromise privacy and/or safety.
The Museum is not responsible for loss of, theft of, or damage to your camera or any other property.
Professional filming and photography on Museum property are permitted only by obtaining permission in advance from the Museum. Failure to request such permission may result in legal action.
For safety reasons, drones are not permitted at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.