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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 First Peoples Exhibit

Another Capital Region attraction that is partially closed; I would have hoped that these attractions would have been redone for all of 2017 not just the summer onward. It was... read more

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Burlington, Canada
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4 reviews
Reviewed today NEW

Visited May 21/17. The museum did not have some of the exhibits from its web page up yet. The Grand Hall is still spacious and impressive, as I remember it from a visit 18 years ago. Other displays are limited but offer some history and interest. Some old hockey memorabilia is fun to see, although limited. The Horse Power exhibit... More 

Thank Snack2014
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The visit to the Museum of History was a disappointment. First, the content itself was very limited. Got through the building pretty fast. Little to none content for Canadian history. Lot's of native displays and the showpiece during my visit was Greek history.

Thank Chris C
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One entire floor is the FIrst People's (indigenous) exhibits, which were extensive, very well done and interesting; and a Canadian stamp exhibit. On the second floor there was a "special exhibit" about Hockey in Canada which was also fascinating, esp. if you are a hockey fan! But there were no real exhibits about the history of Canada, much to our... More 

Thank LauraFF7
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Another Capital Region attraction that is partially closed; I would have hoped that these attractions would have been redone for all of 2017 not just the summer onward. It was still worth visiting though. The Grand Hall with the totem poles and recreated Native houses were amazing. I also enjoyed the First Peoples Hall. It was thoughtfully done and I... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Interactive fun for the under 5 group. Easy parking and an ok place to eat. Go early in the day during the week to avoid the crowds.

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Bobcaygeon, Ontario
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Unbelievable if you as I thought museums are boring think again ,spent 3 hrs there and should have stayed longer , plus very good photo op of Canadian Government Buildings from across the Ottawa river

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love museums so I have been a lot of them. This one is well laid out so you take your time on the main floor reading, listening and watching the movies as you go. At the end you will have a great understanding of the peoples that make up Canada in the very early years. The building, same man... More 

Thank WmM903
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At a conference in Ottawa that booked the main hall for a 700+ person event. Majestic views, powerful experience of Canadian history. If you're planning a big event, consider this venue!

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Regina, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stunningly beautiful and intricate artifacts of early Aboriginal culture in Canada. Except for the hockey exhibit (which was interesting), the children's section on the 2nd floor (which didn't have much appeal given our age), and the movie theater, there was little else to see. I visited this Museum 15 years ago, when it was the Museum of Civilization, and on... More 

Thank Peter L
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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