50 Sussex Drive: The International Pavilion

In 2017, 50 Sussex Drive and 7 Clarence Street will welcome 10 diplomatic missions to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. 50 Sussex Drive will showcase a series of exhibits.

The International Pavilion

From February 3 to May 27, 2017

Public diplomacy exhibits and initiatives presented by international missions to Canada. The International Pavilion at 50 Sussex Drive features:



May 4 to 25, 2017. As part of the celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary, and the many jubilees of the Zionist movement that mark its epic quest for re-establishing an independent Jewish state, we chose this photography exhibition,...

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February 24 to March 8, 2017. “Mongolia, Land of Eternal Blue Sky” is a visual arts exhibition featuring artworks of photographer Bayar Balgantseren and artist Nurmaajav Tuvdendorj.

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United States of America

United States of America

February 1 to 19, 2017. The displays showcase the historic relationship between the United States and Canada, as well as cooperation in our shared Arctic.

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The Geography and Exploration Pavilion

50 Sussex Drive illustration

From June 29 to September 30, 2017

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society presents an exhibit on the NCC’s Plan for Canada’s Capital, 2017–2067, highlighting the key historical phases of development in Canada’s National Capital Region over the past 150 years, and introducing the NCC’s vision for next 50 years.


Monday Closed
Tuesday 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday 10 am to 5 pm
Thursday 10 am to 8 pm
Friday 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

About 50 Sussex Drive

50 Sussex Drive

50 Sussex Drive

With its elegant aesthetic, 50 Sussex is a model of contemporary architecture in Canada’s Capital. Constructed in 2000, the building stands on a promontory at Rideau Falls—where the Rideau River empties into the Ottawa River—and offers dramatic views of the Quebec shoreline.

For thousands of years, the canoes of Indigenous peoples on the Ottawa River passed by this location. European explorers and traders followed in the 17th century. By the 19th century, however, flotillas of canoes had given way to the lumber rafts and barges of the industrial era; recreational boating continues to this day.

As for industry, a flour mill was built here in the 1830s and later, a distillery, a woolen mill, and a door and window factory. The NCC cleared away the remains of these mills in the 1950s to create a beautiful riverside park at the Rideau Falls. This picturesque site became a hive of industry and later the wartime birthplace of the National Film Board of Canada.

In 2018, the building will become the new headquarters of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Confederation Pavilions

A fresh Capital experience to celebrate 150 years of Confederation.