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Canadian Museum of History

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Address: 100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8, Canada
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+1 819-776-7000
09:30 - 17:00
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Thu 09:30 - 20:00
Fri - Wed 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization

At Canada's most visited...

Formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization

At Canada's most visited museum, discover the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped the nation's history. Take in the beauty of this architectural gem and its spectacular setting on the banks of the Ottawa River. Marvel at the world's largest indoor collection of totem poles, explore the traditions and achievements of Canada's First Peoples and this summer, step aboard the Empress of Ireland and relive the experience of the worst maritime disaster in Canada's history - with its stories of tragic loss, courage and human kindness - through artifacts and eyewitness accounts. Be a kid again at the Children's Museum and live the ultimate cinema experience at the IMAX(R) Theatre.

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Great exposition

This museum gives an excellent explanation of the lives of the First Nation people from the earliest times to the present day. The totems in front of the houses are amazing and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Margaret D
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum gives an excellent explanation of the lives of the First Nation people from the earliest times to the present day. The totems in front of the houses are amazing and lead into the story of their lives inside. It is a little difficult to read some if the explanations as it's very dark in there. Follow around through... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great museum, a must to visit. The main hall is wonderful with great exhibits. Also, and not less important, are the great views from the museum to the river and the Parliament Hill Buildings.

Thank kartikmexico
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting displays, especially the indigenous exhibits, including the West Coast First Nations totems in the Grand Hall. Also of interest was the new History of Hockey exhibit, which was both informative and whimsical. We were disappointed to find that the fourth floor exhibit had been closed due to renovation. This is to contain the settlement of the West, including the... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is a must see, especially for the little ones. Admission to the museum allows access to the children's museum, special exhibit and the cinema. The first people's exit was so good and informative.

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Nottingham, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have to admit that I only managed a small part (the first nations exhibits). This is an amazing museum. Spacious, with lots of exhibits. Much context, which helps the visitor from outside North America. I will be back to work through the rest. So if you plan a trip: take comfy shoes. I did like that there are water... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is housed in a stunning, curved line building with an amazing view of Parliament Hill--reason enough to visit. Add the jaw dropping huge indoor totems and the rooms devoted to six aboriginal communities from the British Columbia coast...be still my heart! Not nearly enough time allotted on this initial visit but it will be my first stop when... More 

Thank SelbyDale
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For the cost to get in I would have expected a lot more exhibits. The stand of exhibition was high but I don't think it is worth it for the price. Maybe one their new exhibition is put in!

Thank Isobel C
Comox, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent almost a full day here, between the History part and the Children's museum. We could have spent longer if we didn't have other things to see in Ottawa. The displays are very professional and engaging, we highly recommend it.

Thank NathanYQQ
Gatineau, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful building but nothing much to visit compared to other museums in outaouais .Parking is a bit of a problem , there is underground parking but quite expensive. We had tickets for imax movie galapagos but when we got to enter we were told only 1 place remaining so we declined , got a refund .

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As always the Children's Museum area offered lots of entertainment and interactive exhibits for the kids. The kids enjoyed making hockey bracelets in their studio area this time, and they had an Easter egg hunt setup too. We always visited the special hockey exhibit that is currently setup and it was well worth the visit!

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