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The rising number of COVID-19 cases in the area has prompted the temporary closure of two museums, one on either side of the Ottawa River.
Effective immediately, both the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa are closed to the public until Jan. 19, 2022. All on-site programs and events at the two institutions are also cancelled.
In a statement, museum officials said they regret the impact of the closure on people who planned to use the facilities but believe it is in the best interests of the communities they serve. “The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority,” they wrote.
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Both museums will continue to offer “rich and dynamic digital offerings,” the statement added. Go to or, or follow their social media channels to explore that content and find updates.
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