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Canadian Museum of History

100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8, Canada
+1 819-776-7000
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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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  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8, Canada
+1 819-776-7000
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

We hadn't planned to visit the Museum of History but it was a great day. There are so many displays. You could easily spend a full or even 2 days here. Lots of details and the descriptions of the items were very well done. During...More

Thank Cheryl G
Reviewed 9 October 2017

This is a museum to spend multiple days at. The displays of indigenous cultures from the breadth of Canada start with a beautiful set of 'big' house fronts from British Columbia with interior displays of the many native cultures of that province. Then there is...More

Thank Shawniguy
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

The museum is great well laid out and lots to see. Was there for 5 hours and did not see everything, I do like to read and look at each display. The displays of artifacts you could tap on and get more information. Flow of...More

Thank windmillpoint
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Definitely recommend for young kids. The best interactive area for kids I have ever seen. The kids we were with were 14, 12 and 11 and they enjoyed it. Lots to see and do. We spent the rest of our time in the Canadian History...More

Thank Jeanet M
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

This is just a fantastic museum. From the spectacular hall of totem poles leading to the First Nations exhibits to the comprehensive and fascinating Canadian history displays there is just so much to see and do. The special exhibits are great as well. It's easy...More

Thank JohnQFalstaff
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

This is a well laid out Museum with some magnificent exhibits - modern (like hockey) to ancient and all in between. The main hall with the tall totem poles are amazing, and from here you can look out over the river. Well wirth a visit...More

Thank Arthur C
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This was the one Museum I didn't want to miss and the first we went to. The architecture is stunning outside and in and the setting couldn't be better - on the river facing the Houses of Parliament. The view of the Grand Hall with...More

1  Thank toronto-beeb
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We only had a couple of hours here, but it was all that we needed to see what we wanted to see, which was the history from the mid 1700s through to 1900. The museum is very well laid out, such that it never feels...More

Thank RetiredBritsAbroad
Reviewed 2 October 2017

The Grand Hall, The Children's Museum and the IMAX experience are the best. The newly renovated History Hall is, frankly, somewhat disappointing; the hands-on computer-type activities are fun (when they are operational), but the overall layout is very average and doesn't hold a candle to...More

Thank simanouchehri
Reviewed 2 October 2017

I went to the Canadian Museum of History on a number of school trips and it was good then, but the new additions and focus have made it spectacular. It's not always easy to learn about the not so great aspects of Canadian History but...More

Thank Jenn A
Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for your great review of the Canadian Museum of History and especially the new Canadian History Hall. Your comments are important to us. We hope to see you again soon! Regards, Stephanie Fortin Tourism and Marketing Officer Canadian Museum of History

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Zelda S
11 September 2017|
Response from BobH1970 | Reviewed this property |
5 minutes walk
Jack L
10 June 2017|
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Response from paritala k | Reviewed this property |
Underground parking. I think we paid $13 to stay there all day.