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Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
380 Sussex Drive,
Ottawa Ontario, K1N 9N4
Phone:  (613) 990-1985
Web:  Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography

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The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP) presents the works of the country's most creative and talented photographers. The changing exhibitions never fail to open your eyes to the power of photography.

The CMCP was created in January 1985 and affiliated with the National Gallery of Canada. However its history goes back to World War II and the Still Photography Division of the National Film Board. In May 1992, the CMCP became a sparkling presence in downtown Ottawa with the opening of a building specially designed to safely house the collection and beautifully showcase its exhibitions. A creative adaptation of an abandoned railway tunnel, it presents dynamic exhibitions by Canada's best contemporary art and documentary photographers.

It is located in the heart of the nation's capital, just east of the Parliament Buildings, next to the Chateau Laurier hotel, overlooking the Rideau Canal.


What You Should Know
Photographs are historic documents. They are also the 20th century's very special contribution to the world of art. This unusual museum is the first of its kind in Canada.


1 May to 30 September: Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, to 8 pm on Thursday

1 October to 30 April: Open Wednesday from 10 am to 5 pm, to 8 pm on Thursday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Exceptions: Open Thanksgiving Monday, Remembrance Day starting at noon, 26-31 December, during the March Break (Ontario and Quebec), and Easter Monday. Closed 25 December, 1st January and Good Friday.

Adults $4, Seniors and students $3, Youths (12-19 years) $2. Free for children under 12 and Friends of the National Gallery of Canada. Free for everyone on Thursdays after 5 pm.

The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography is located in downtown Ottawa, beside the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.

380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N6
Tel: (613) 990-8257
Fax: (613) 990-6542

Boutique, wheelchair access, strollers, lockers.

Please call (613) 990-4888 three weeks in advance to make a reservation. Fees may apply.

Did You Know?

  • pictureThe CMCP collection has been developed through purchases, assignments and donations along two complementary lines: the photograph as document; the photograph as work of art. The variety and range of its collection make CMCP a unique institution in this country. This unmatched body of work offers us a detailed and panoramic view of Canada's modern history and culture, showing us both what we look like and how we see our world.
  • The CMCP collection spans from the early 1960s to the present and includes over 160,000 photographic works, comprising photographs, transparencies, negatives, books, filmstrips, audio-visual presentations, mixed media works, assemblages and installation pieces, video art and other types of art or information media based on still photography. The CMCP continues to acquire the work of photographers currently living and working in Canada.
  • Many special activities are organized for children, families and adults, such as CMCP Family Sundays, day camps, Meet the Artist, guided tours with the curator, etc. Please see our website for complete programming.

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