Canadian Museum of History

Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau: Hours, Address, Canadian Museum of History Reviews: 4.5/5

Canadian Museum of History
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Experience Canada’s history in exciting new ways. The Canadian Museum of History is a destination of choice in the National Capital Region. An architectural jewel designed by Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal, the Museum is less than five minutes from downtown Ottawa and Parliament Hill. Explore Canada’s rich history and the outstanding achievements of First Peoples. Marvel at the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles. The Canadian History Hall, our signature exhibition, will let you discover the events, personalities and historical currents that have shaped Canada — from time immemorial to the present day.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Sam B
South Carolina297 contributions
Great!
The wife and I are visiting Ottawa for the first time and we decided to visit this museum. Really good decision. We spent all day here and barely finished. Super interesting. The exhibit on the First Nations peoples was so informative. I'm not a Canadian and learned a ton. The whole museum and its exhibits were laid out in an interesting and engaging manner. Super place for families with young kids.
Written October 15, 2021
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Samuraiword
Toronto, Canada192 contributions
Love it
Aug. 2021
Went to see this fascinating place on Aug 28. Great sculptures. Too many things to see. Even the outside is beautiful. Level 1 is the best.
Written August 30, 2021
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jsilverman83
Oakland, CA298 contributions
A huge and interesting museum!
Aug. 2021
This museum is way bigger than I expected with large areas dedicated to the Aboriginal peoples of Canada and a whole other large area dedicated to the entire history of Canada from the first humans to the present day. Tons of amazing artifacts all over the place, both historical and modern creations and recreations. The views from outside the museum across the river of other museums and Parliament were also lovely. We spent about 3.5 hours to see the whole thing.
Written August 25, 2021
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Rolipop
Saint-Hubert, Canada103 contributions
Too big to see it all, but worth a visit
Huge museum, lots to see and do.
We started by the temporary exhibition about queens of Egypt. Fantastic exhibit!
Then we headed to the great hall and loved the totems.
We attended the movie at Cine+ about mummies and it was great, not really children friendly at some moments, but our 5 yo didn’t mind.
We then headed to the Canadian history exhibit which is divided in 3 sections and we got bored by the second one and never got to the third.
After 2:30 of walking and visiting, we were fed up anyway.
Bring a jacket, it gets cold!
Written August 7, 2021
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TripandFamily
Mississauga, Canada97 contributions
Amazing place
Jun. 2021
The museum is so beautiful and filled with Canadian details. My favourite part was the totems, so beautiful. I took a thousand shots at this museum part. Totally recommend this. I am planning to come back when children's part is open.
Written July 13, 2021
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BeckyJazzz
Ottawa, Canada93 contributions
I'm so disappointed
As a child who was literally obsessed with this museum and would visit on a almost weekly basis I am so disappointed to have waited years for the opening of the Canadian Hall exhibit and walk into a completely disappointing textbook style (more writing less artifacts) exhibit. As other comments state, this exhibit in the past was more interactive with streets, houses, boats sharing displays of artifacts and information making you feel immersed in history.

I agree that after many many years it was time for an update/change and sharing much more to the history of Canada- the good , the bad , the ugly truth but there could of been a much more interactive way to do it. I can't imagine young kids being left with an impression that many of us who have grown up around here had after visiting the museum. We all remember experiences, and the museum used to be an experience. This is such a loss to have been closed for so long much more could of been done. This leaves me to wonder, where did all those amazing pieces of that exhibit go, how many years will they be hidden away??

I do want to acknowledge that bringing in other exhibits to the museum like the Queens of Egypt is great and should continue. This was a nice exhibit.
Written June 5, 2021
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Thank you for your comments and for taking the time to share your experience. We really appreciate receiving visitor comments and feedback. The Canadian History Hall, opened in 2017, is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition on Canadian history ever developed, telling the story of Canada and its people from the appearance of the First Peoples to the present day more inclusively and candidly than ever before. The galleries present significant and engaging stories and authentic artifacts that illuminate the richness and diversity of the Canadian experience, starting 15,000 years ago. Stories are presented from multiple perspectives to show how different historical events were experienced by different groups, giving voice to various opinions and allowing visitors to come to their own conclusions about our collective history. The former Canada Hall had many reproductions and scenes designed to evoke the time period and give an immersive experience, the new Canadian History Hall was developed to tell a much more comprehensive narrative with over 1500 authentic artifacts, including some of the finest national historical treasures. The Hall tells Canada's story through the lived experiences of real people and from multiple perspectives. While the Hall celebrates many individual and collective achievements of Canadians, it also addresses, with candor, some of the conflicts and controversies of our past and reveals the diverse experiences and perspectives of the real people who lived it. Canada has had many successes and accomplishments in its long history, as well as incidents of prejudice and injustice. These stories are told from the perspectives of different communities, helping visitors understand the context in which they occurred. Along with the displays of objects and stories, the experience is enhanced with interactives and audio-visual elements. In order to offer a safe experience for all visitors and to follow public health and safety guidelines due to COVID-19, some of these interactive elements have either been modified or temporarily removed. We do however, provide additional resources, such as printed activity-sheets to help visitors (especially families and students) engage with the exhibitions and content. We appreciate your candid feedback and are glad to hear that you enjoyed our newest exhibition Queens of Egypt. We hope to welcome you back to the Museum in the future. Regards, Stephanie Fortin Head, Tourism
Written June 9, 2021
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steve a
London, Canada82 contributions
Not anywhere near a decent museum.
Sep. 2020
First the good: The Great Hall with the totem poles is beautiful.

Now the rest: There is way too much reading to do, and very few actual artifacts. There are pictures of some artifacts, but very little wow factor when it comes to actual displays. You can walk past entire walls with absolutely nothing there except words.
Written September 17, 2020
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Thank you for your comments following your visit to the Canadian Museum of History. We appreciate all comments from visitors and are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our spectacular Grand Hall and its majestic collection of totem poles. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed in your visit to some of our other spaces. While the First Peoples Hall, a space rich in artifacts, art and history is temporarily closed, the Canadian History Hall contains over 1500 artefacts presenting the history of Canada over 15,000 years. Our exhibits strive to present enough information surrounding the objects and their stories to provide context and multiple perspectives on our rich and complex history. Our text panels present that information as succinctly as possible, and are supported by additional elements such as audiovisual recordings and interactives. We thank you again for your comments and hope that in overall, you enjoyed your visit. Regards, Stephanie Fortin Head, Tourism
Written September 21, 2020
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Mama M
8 contributions
Read the reviews!
Sep. 2020 • Family
I read the reviews before I went, and then I read them again - and now I know that all the 5 star reviews are on point! This place is absolutely amazing! I came with my young daughter, but I could spend all day here. We both want to come back again. After we left, I was speechless about how well executed all the exhibits are, and how much there is to see and learn. Thank you to the worker (sadly never asked her name), who told us the story about the original plaster of The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, and about the Morning Star mural. Now scroll down and read the other reviews - every good word is true!
Written September 11, 2020
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Dear MamaMayaB, thank you for your great comments following your visit to the Canadian Museum of History. We are glad to hear that your enjoyed your experience. We hope that you will visit us again soon! Regards, Stephanie Fortin Head, Tourism
Written September 14, 2020
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iplayazi
Calgary, Canada153 contributions
Summer Offering
Aug. 2020 • Family
Visited the museum by booking tickets online for our family of 5. Access to the museum is limited to a 30 minute guided tour of the hall with the totem poles. Guide was very informative and definitely worthwhile. Also attended the indigenous dance performance. We go to a pow wow every summer, but of course they have all been cancelled for this summer. The performance was brief but definitely made us miss the pow wow experience that we won’t be able to enjoy this summer.
Written August 16, 2020
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Dear iplayazi, thank you for your comments and for sharing them through this platform. We are glad that you enjoyed the activities offered during our Summer Offer. The Museum has now begun it's next phase of opening, with access to most of our exhibitions. We are offering self-guided family activities, the special exhibition UNCEDED ‒ Voices of the Land, and perennial favourites like the Grand Hall and the Canadian History Hall. Check our website for details. We hope that you visit us again soon! Regards, Stephanie Fortin Head, Tourism Canadian Museum of History
Written September 9, 2020
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DustyOttawa
Ottawa57 contributions
Wonderful lunch at the Cafe
Aug. 2020
We ate lunch at the Cafe in the Museum. I had a quineoa salad which was delicious and beautifully presented. As well, the shrimp tacos were delicious. We found the food excellent and the prices very reasonable.
Written August 1, 2020
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Canadian Museum of History is open:
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Fri - Sun 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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