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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
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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
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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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You have GOT to take the kids here!

This is a must see when visiting the Ottawa area. I never get tired of this place. It's great for adults and great for kids. The most mind blowing sight is when you first enter... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 November 2016
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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

This is a must see when visiting the Ottawa area. I never get tired of this place. It's great for adults and great for kids. The most mind blowing sight is when you first enter the Museum and pay for your tickets. Standing at the top of the escalator (there are elevators available), you will see totem poles, lots and... More 

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Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this review

Dear strawberryguider, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience at the Museum of History. I agree that the view from the lobby looking into the Grand Hall is spectacular. It is actually one of the favorite areas of many of the Museum staff. Thanks again for your comments and we hope to see you again... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

This place is great fun for adults and children. I have a different perspective as I have moved to the area and purchased an annual membership. When just going to the museum, it is great. I paid $135 for a family plus pass and it is worth it as I go often now. There is a big problem with communication... More 

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Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this review

Dear Museum Member, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your experience at the Canadian Museum of History and CINÉ+. Please know that observations and comments such as yours are always appreciated, and they have been shared with the relevant departments, promptly after your visit in late November. Certain admission combos and discounts cannot be combined... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

My tour guide was experienced and knowledgeable on most fields of the museum. There was "so-so" history on the aboriginal people. I have a witness, who said that most of what our tour guide was saying on the totem poles was false. but i didn't call him out on it.

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Belleville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This is a wonderful museum with many permanent displays and special collections. We saw the Indigenous Collections, Napoleon & Paris Special Collection, then a brief stop at the Postage Stamp Collection. We will need to go back again on our next trip to Ottawa/Gatineau, to see other collections. Recommend that you plan what you want to see before visiting. The... More 

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Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this review

Dear Gregg A, Thank you very much for your nice comments. It is always great to hear that visitors enjoyed the Museum. On July 1, 2017, we will be opening the new Canadian History Hall. Occupying more than 40,000 square feet, this signature gallery will trace Canada’s history from the dawn of human habitation to the present day. The largest... More 

Rotherham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

I love history and am endlessly curious about and interested in the first people of Canada and the USA - so this was an ideal location for me. It's just a shame that we only had an hour, I could have been there all day! Thank you - this is an amazing venue.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Really excellent exploration of the history of aboriginal people in Canada. This is the most memorable part of this museum

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

A fascinating place to visit both for the visual impact of exhibits like the Totem poles and for the insight into the lives and beliefs of the First Peoples of Canada.Well laid out,interesting and varied exhibits designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of ages and tastes.It also had a very pleasant cafe to help combat the chill in the... More 

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Hunter Valley, NSW
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We visited this magnificent building recently but only had time to see one of the special exhibitions (which was wonderful). Would have loved to have had more time to explore. The museum café was located on the ground floor overlooking the river - worth visiting just for the view!!! Perhaps one day we'll return.

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Hamilton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Brilliant displays and fantastic guides with an I credible skyline view of the Parliament buildings across the river in Ottawa. Nature your history buffs appetite with this historic walk through the the ages. A must see when in Gatineau.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I would have liked more time here.... next time! Lots to amuse children including a cinema, shop, cafe & many exhibits. Light & airy & very scenic walks outside, by the river.

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