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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 think we spent more time in the temporary exhibits than in the main. The sleighs, gold and Napoleon (which put Canada in a global context) were fascinating. The architecture... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
Waterloo, Canada
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Waterloo, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I think we spent more time in the temporary exhibits than in the main. The sleighs, gold and Napoleon (which put Canada in a global context) were fascinating. The architecture of the building is part of the appeal. There is a gift shop, a bistro and a cafeteria, with outdoor seating along the river.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

And the title sums it up really. A fantastic building, a great space and there really is is a great deal of space, but the contents - not so great. I don't know how long it's been open, but you can't help but feel that it may be better in a couple of years. The top floor will have a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Did the 3D cinema experience (45 minutes) which was great and that really turned out to be one of the highlights of this visit. It's true that the other expositions were interesting (Napoleon, Gold Rush, First People, etc) but it would not have been the same without the cinema.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Great surrounding, architecture, multicultural exhibitions, knowledgeable staff, hands on experience! Great much go while visiting Ottawa

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Gresham, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

The largest portion of this museum is a very large Totem Pole display and some excellent displays in mock wood huts of artifacts and costumes from the original settlers of the area, Indians. Great for Adults and they have a large area devoted to a Children's museum that we did not go into, but I saw a lot of kids... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Great museum, but the temporary exibits were better. Make sure if you are going to War Museum to bundle the two to save money.

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B.C. Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I first saw this lovely museum from an Ottawa River Tour boat. It was an eye-catching example of Modern Architecture. When, we went to tour the museum, I was amazed by the views of Ottawa from its grounds. The Canadian History Hall was well presented. The museum hosts many traveling exhibitions as well as the permanent ones. We were quite... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Went with the family to the museum of civilization. We had a good time browsing through the history of Canada

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Besides a historical run down about Canada, its immigration history, this museum display a vast amount of exhibits about the first people of Canada. It was really an eye opening and educational visit for me. One great museum it is!

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Enjoyed every moment of my trip wish I could of caught a 3D movie, but i'll definitely have to come back to watch one in the future

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