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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.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“totem poles” (140 reviews)
“first nations” (127 reviews)
“canada hall” (47 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8, Canada
+1 819-776-7000
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

Excellent museum which happens to be free on Thursdays after 5pm till close at 8pm. If your short on time just chose a couple of exhibits to view because there is just too much to see.

1  Thank 319tiiuv
Reviewed 13 September 2017

I applaud Canada for the design of this museum. It has great potential. Many of the exhibits are first rate. The exhibit on Canadian history during the 20th century was informative and very well done. The exhibit on the "first peoples" (what we in the...More

Thank NC608
Reviewed 11 September 2017

This is an excellent museum on Canadian History from Confederation to the 21st century. It fully met my expectations. It's a gorgeous building from the outside and is loaded with thoughtful, informative, interactive exhibits on the inside. Worth the visit for sure. If you want...More

Thank butchartd
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Attended a conference September 2017 at the Museum of History. As part of the conference we had some time to visit the Museum. I was especially impressed by the 100 years of Hockey Exhibit on the middle floor. Many of the exhibit pieces were on...More

Thank Baseball_Fan09
Reviewed 10 September 2017

This museum is wonderful, its displays are overwhelming at times, visual outstanding and really is the history of Canada. Like Canada it is a huge building with lots of open spaces. The entrance area has a stunning totem pole exhibit. which leads you on a...More

Thank torontoshutterbug65
Reviewed 9 September 2017

I live in the US and was so ignorant of really any aspect of Canadian history. The visit taught me a lot and gave me a lot more respect for the country and what Canadians have achieved as well as their willingness to expose the...More

Thank MikeBirdman
Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

Thank you for your great comments. We are very happy to hear that your visit to the Canadian Museum of History and our new Canadian History Hall helped you understand this country's rich history. We hope you enjoyed your trip to Canada, come back soon!...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017

Very nice museum specially the third floor and Thursday from 5 to 7 it's free. Also you can walk to go to the market at Ottawa because it's very near 15 to 20 munites walk.

Thank Andre C
Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

Thank you for your comments. We offer free admission every Thursday from 5pm to 8pm. Regards, Stephanie Fortin Tourism and Marketing Officer Canadian Museum of History

Reviewed 7 September 2017

This museum is beautiful with lovely displays. We enjoy a whole day of visiting our amazing country from its inception. The staff however were very rude and unhelpful.

Thank Deb G
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Even though you know your Canadian history, you should go to that new museum in Gatineau. Sure you will learn something new!! Excellent exhibitions on the indigenous peoples with beautiful totems.

Thank Luce F
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Fantastic museum, well done exhibitions. You need many hours to go around all the exhibition rooms. visitor can explore the history of Canada from the native people era until recent history.

Thank savvaskazanis
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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.