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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 wonderful place for children

I visited the museum with my six year old granddaughter and it was difficult to get her to leave. This museum is wonderful (the kids part) and there is alot of things for the kids... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 July 2010
Kingston, Ontario, Canad
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Kingston, Ontario, Canad
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2010

I visited the museum with my six year old granddaughter and it was difficult to get her to leave. This museum is wonderful (the kids part) and there is alot of things for the kids to do and see. There are tons of interactive attractions and the helpful volunteer students are there to help. I would highly recommend this to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2009

We had such an amazing time at the Museum of Civilization!! I highly recommend this musuem to any one visiting the Ottawa area!!! My kids just loved the children's museum...and we did too...A MUST SEE!!!!

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Belleville, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2009

We visited this attraction with a group of approximately 60 seventh graders as part of a year-end trip to the Ottawa region. The word "museum" had the kids in a total funk. To them, it meant "BORING, BORING, BORING". Imagine their surprise when they arrived at the museum and had (*gasp*!) a pretty enjoyable time. Wonderful exhibits, gorgeous architecture, bright... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2009

This museum was very informative and enjoyable to visit. The Great Hall with the totem poles rising up to the top of the building was beautiful, and across from the poles was a nice view of the city of Ottawa through the large glass windows. The First Nations hall was well-done, and if you are interested in learning about the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2008

I thought that the Civilization museum was a real highlight of my experiences in Ottawa. The building which has four floors of exhibition spaces and galleries is an impressive edifice dominated by the Great Hall which is particularly aesthetically inviting to the eye. I felt that the combined ticket to the Civilization and War museums was a great bargain. I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2008

The architecture is truly magnificent - worth a visit for that in itself! As far as it goes as a museum, the aboriginal collections are beautiful and informative, and they have some nice special exhibits (a good one on pianist Glenn Gould was running during our visit). Upper floors suffer from "dumbed down" exhibits with too many photo reproductions and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2007

This is an excellent museum in where you will get answers to all your questions about Canadian history. Besides the excellent way in which the different issues are presented the building itself is so beautiful. According to the brochure Ive got from the museum they advice to spend the following times in the different sections: The Grand Hall: allow 30... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2006

The museum is huge; unless you plan to quickly walk through without actually looking at anything, you won't have time to see everything. There are many exhibits: the permanent exhibits include a huge First Nations section (it takes up a whole floor), the postal museum, the canada hull and the children's musuem. When I went they had 3 other temporary... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2003

We attended the Museum of Civilization on Canada Day. The line up was long but quick to attend the Bog People exhibit. Very interesting. The totem poles and the "walk around village" were also very interesting. We didn't get a chance to see a OMNI movie but enjoyed our visit overall. With the bridges being closed to traffic on Canada... More 

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