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“Beautiful spot for fireworks competition” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Canadian Museum of History

Canadian Museum of History
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Ottawa City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #2 of 43 things to do in Gatineau
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Ottawa, Canada
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“Beautiful spot for fireworks competition”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

This year, the Lac Leamy Casino fireworks show was at the Museum, and it was a beautiful venue for the event. Tickets were a reasonable price (especially when pre-ordered), and onsite parking was reasonably priced. Logistics for entry & departure were good, and volunteers did a great job keeping the area clean & pleasant.

To top it off, the Australian fireworks show was amazing - I would encourage anyone who likes fireworks to attend in the future, and to see the museum too. We didn't go through the museum this trip, but have been on many occasions, and have never left disappointed.

Visited August 2016
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“A Great walk through History! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

A very fun and interesting walk through history! I know the collections are changed frequently but the ones I saw were quite interesting. Napoleon Bonaparte, the stamp collection, Horse Power, Gold Rush and of course the Aboriginal & Natives display were great! If you have any interest in history then this is a must see! For families with young children. There's a kid's museum as well and it's quite interactive. Parking available on location for s reasonable rate!
Don't forget to check out the panoramic view of the city from the museum

Visited August 2016
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“Very disappointed ”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had visited some years ago and loved it. We decided to bring our kids this summer so they could learn some Canadian history. We got here, paid good money for tickets and - most of the museum is CLOSED. They did not tell us this when we bought the tickets and there is no mention on the website. I should have checked here first before driving up from the US.

Visited August 2016
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“disappointed. expected much more..”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

With a focus on Canada's native past, children's museum, and the gold rush, and unless I missed something, so many huge chucks of Canadian history were absent. ie. 2 World Wars, Confederation, modern history-aviation and space, technology, and only nominal inclusion of French and British colonization. Very disappointed. The thai food restaurant over the road had many, almost as interesting artifacts from Thailand. Enjoyed this experience more

Visited August 2016
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“Great place for the Entire Family!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Loved all the exhibits. Lots of walking -- too hard on my artificial, but thank God they had scooters which I used. The Children's museum is fantastic for children. The view from the back of museum is incredible of the Parliament Buildings. Its a magical place that showcases beautiful native art.

Visited July 2016
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