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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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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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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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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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

On the north side of River Ottawa this museum is not to be missed, the Grand Hall has the most amazing displays of the culture of the indigenous people of Canada. The building itself is stunning and the artefacts so beautiful and informative. All explanations are in both French and English and all the staff are bilingual. Within the museum... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

What used to be the Museum of Civilization until the Harper government renamed it to suit their agenda, this museum has something for everyone from children to adults. An Imax theatre has excellent films. The Children's Museum is delightful.The view of Parliament and the National Art Gallery from the outside patio is unrivalled.

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Tucson, Az
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is a beautiful setting and architecture and we thought it would be Canadian history, but for now, it is early native Canadian history only. The third floor which will show Canadian history since the arrival of europeans will open, they hope, in 2017 sometime. So, for now the best museum of native history that we've seen...totems, many displays and... More 

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We spent a whole day at the museum, and still had things to see when we left. Currently, there is a major exhibit closure, getting ready for the 2017 celebrations (150 years as a country), so if you have any choice, wait till then, or even 2018 to visit (2018 because I suspect there will be many visitors in 2017.... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We always visit this museum whenever we're in Ottawa - mostly because we love West Coast Native Art, the interesting special exhibitions, and the location which allows you to relax outdoors in the Museum grounds on the banks of the Ottawa River with Parliament Hill as a backdrop. If you have children then almost one whole floor is dedicated to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The museum has several other small museums. Like Children's museum, stamp museum, war museum all in one. Spent all day at the museums. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to go slow and read everything as we visited Ottawa just for 2 days as tourists. One of the top attractions. Must visit! Ticket prices are very affordable. $15 per... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We were so impressed by the history of the native peoples of Canada. Their stories around and under the artifacts were moving. The totem poles were spectacular. The only suggestion I would make is to pick a time to visit when there are fewer school visits. (We were there toward the end of the school year.)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Highly educational exhibit on the first people of Canada, their industry and creativity in surviving harsh winters and the challenges of colonialism. Exquisite exhibition of totem poles with complete descriptions of their meanings and placements throughout Canada. The museum also displays the impacts of the cultural clashes on the first people. All is not settled, but there is strong sense... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Super experience to visit, exceptionnal site, just in front of the Canadian Parliament Plus IMAX theater

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