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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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We came here with our tour,we didn't have long here but what we saw was very interesting.The building is all curves and inside it is full of interesting artefacts the totem poles... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 September 2016
Sue W
Bolton, United Kingdom
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

We came here with our tour,we didn't have long here but what we saw was very interesting.The building is all curves and inside it is full of interesting artefacts the totem poles are amazing part of the building from up above resembles a boat with oars.Worth a visit The grounds are lovely too.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We arrived to a very rainy Ottawa so went to this museum, and although we only spent two hours there, you could have easily spent longer: the museum is so big, so interesting, and about so many different aspects of Canadian history. There's also a fun children's museum.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

I have been looking for a museum which has am extensive collection of native tribes. This museum did not disappoint! Unfortunately, we only arrived late in the day and were unable to complete full tour of all exhibitions. Would like to go back and explore further. For me it's a must see when visiting Ottawa. Children's museum is in the... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Throughly enjoyed this museum, great lay out, amazing first nation collection to name but a few. Wish we had more time to spend here. The childrens museum is magical, the best I have ever seen and unique. Its like living in a reality dolls house. If your kids don't like this make an appointment at the doctors immediately -theres something... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

The museum is just minutes from Ottawa, Ontario, but in Quebec Province. It has a wonderful view of Ottawa's Parliament Hill across the bay. The museum is modern and focuses on first people to Canada. It can be seen in about two hours. The bistro on the first floor is an outstanding restaurant for lunch with creative, fresh menu items... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

incredible display of totem poles and a very nicely done exhibit on the first nations. Many of the exhibits were multi-sensory and many of the peoples represented in the exhibits also contributed to them

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Koblenz, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Beautiful building. We were however disappointed that the First Nations museum only exhibited back to the 1900 to present day and only explained how they lived. It wasn't until you went into the Gold Rush museum that you got a glimpse into what they went through. The guide suggested that we go into the children museum as we would see... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place Kids love it , great hands on play at the kids zone, and they actually see many many different types of houses of different countries

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North York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Must watch for those love history .children's museum just good ,I max theatre is really good ,good views of Ottawa river and parliament from here on a sunny day .loved it

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Cochrane, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This should be called the National Museum of Aboriginal People. In the entire museum there is not one exhibit about any Canadian inventor, Canadian history of the building of the railway, Trans Canada highway or anything else other than the First Nations people. There was an exhibit about Napolean and a kids zone that did not interest us. We had... More 

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