Culture is a vital part of the Outaouais region's distinctive personality. Visual arts are front and centre in the region's many galleries, and studio tours invite visitors to meet artists in their environment. With a year-round program of seasonal festivals and celebrations, you can feel the creative energy in the air, and there’s always something entertaining going on. With no fewer than eight national museums (including the Canadian Museum of History, Canada's most popular museum, with 1.2 million visitors a year), the region has the highest concentration of museums in the country, and offers a variety of innovative perspectives on our culture, history and heritage. It all makes for a destination that's informative, amazing, entertaining and fun!
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Three museums in one day? Never fear: it's a challenge, but it can be done! Do you like to learn? Are you curious by nature? Discover the magnificent National Gallery of Canada, which houses the world's largest collection of Canadian art as well as an impressive collection of American and European art, both classic and contemporary. Next, take the electric-powered Aqua-Taxi water shuttle to the Canadian Museum of History, on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. Save money with a combo ticket that includes admission to your next stop, the Canadian War Museum. Finally, relax over a glass of wine at Soif wine bar in Gatineau.