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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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A quick visit

On a trip to Ottawa to renew passport, it was suggested to visit this museum. Thought it was excellent but needed much more time to do it justice. Must return.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 September 2016
Kathy C
Sydney, Australia
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Spruce Grove, Canada
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11 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We were very disappointed with this museum. It is billed as a museum of Canadian history and is, in fact, a hodge-podge of galleries about First Nations people. Although the stories of First Nations people are a critical part of the history of Canada, there is much more to be told about the history of this great nation. There was... More 

Thank Gail C
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We were disappointed that this museum depicted very little of Canadian history. The main gallery exhibited a random collection of First Nations artifacts, there was a small exhibit of Napolean and a quite good exhibit on the the theme of gold rushes Including those in BC and Yukon. It was nowhere near a portrayal of Canadian history and It is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed the scenic aspects of the location and the building architecture. Nicely laid out with solid facilities. Very polished look to the area. Exhibition not the full story of Canada which some folks have all pointed out but the early beginnings of Canadian history is pivotal and important to recognise and celebrate here. Loved the outside area and great... More 

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Osoyoos, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

I was hoping that this museum would actually give at least an overview of Canada's history. Instead, it was simply an assortment of Native Canadian artifacts and housing options. It is not that I am against learning about Native history, just that that is not what was promised by the name of the museum. As a Canadian, I would like... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

On a trip to Ottawa to renew passport, it was suggested to visit this museum. Thought it was excellent but needed much more time to do it justice. Must return.

Thank Kathy C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We loved the visit to this museum. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to see everything and were on a packed schedule that meant we kind of sped through some areas. The exhibits are exceptional and the museum is very family friendly, clean and lovely. I would return. The Napoleon exhibit is incredibly educational.

Thank paula s
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

They have done a marvelous job and it is well worth a few hours of your time. Present special exhibit Napoleon and Paris will show you this great guy installed many well known monuments in Paris ; had some personal issues and eventually met his Waterloo....... LoL. Also have a look at special exhibit Horsepower ; a fellow named Bienvenue... More 

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Carleton Place, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Been here may times as my kids where growing up. Still attend special event here and IMAX movies from time to time.

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Goderich, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We enjoyed the new exhibits on the second floor but found the rest of the museum exactly the same as we visited 10 years ago. I was happy to see the new exhibits planned for the 3rd floor but unfortunately we arrived to early in the year to view them.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

I really enjoyed the Napolean and Paris exhibit, definitely the highlight of my visit. It told one of the best stories I've ever been told at a museum. The gold rush story was less well done or maybe more familiar to me. While the horse power was a surprisingly entertaining visit. It is nice that the special exhibits are included... More 

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