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“Great way to spend a snowy day” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Canadian Museum of History

Canadian Museum of History
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US$29.44*
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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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“Great way to spend a snowy day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was there for at least 4 hours. Wonderful exhibits! I wasn't crazy about the British Columbia Gold Rush exhibit but that's just me. I don't understand why there are so many complaints about the volume of Native history... that's the essence of Canadian history.

The food was TERRIBLE. No vegetarian options, barely any options at all. I ate a gross asparagus and swiss crepe that was dry. Yuck. Should have brought snacks.

Other then that, great day. Good times. Do recommend.

Visited December 2016
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“A must see for all ages!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Get to know Canadian history and culture. Busy! Popular! Go early to avoid crowds! I love the Totem Pole! Special area for young children. Restaurant works for families!

Visited December 2016
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“No Canadian History, only PRE-Canadian History in this museum.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

As the title can tell we expected to learn something from Canadian History. However, there is actually nothing displayed on Canadian History.

If you want to know more on Pre-Canadian History, please endulge yourself. Lots of displays on first nations. We found the Napoleon exhibit the most interesting of the museum.

The kids loved the children's museum.

Visited December 2016
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Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this review, 5 weeks ago
Hello Chunky322,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at the Canadian Museum of History. We are currently working on a new permanent exhibition, the Canadian History Hall, which will open on July 1, 2017. Occupying more than 40,000 square feet, this signature gallery will trace Canada’s history from the dawn of human habitation to the present day. Authentic artifacts and stories are explored through various lenses, as visitors encounter the events, movements and personalities that have shaped our nation, and whose influence on our lives can still be felt today.

We thank you again for your comments and hope that you will join us on July 1, 2017 for the opening of the Canadian History Hall and the celebrations surrounding the coutry’s 150th anniversary.

Regards,
Stephanie Fortin
Tourism and Marketing Officer
Canadian Museum of History
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“Came here for a craft show”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful venue for a craft show. The exhibitors were interspersed with some exhibits in the great hall, making a unique experience, and a small "free" visit.

The bad part of going here is the parking - limited spots, poor layout and bad visibility. Doubt they can do much about this, but would be great to see it improved.

Visited December 2016
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Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this review, 5 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing your comments about your experience during our Christmas market. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the Christmas Market, it was a very successful event. On very busy days, our parking garage does fill up quickly. There are other parking options in the streets near the Museum and private parking areas in the neibourhood. We have noted your comments regarding the layout and visibility.

Thanks again and we hope to see you again real soon!

Stephanie Fortin
Tourism and Marketing Officer
Canadian Museum of History
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“You have GOT to take the kids here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

This is a must see when visiting the Ottawa area. I never get tired of this place. It's great for adults and great for kids. The most mind blowing sight is when you first enter the Museum and pay for your tickets. Standing at the top of the escalator (there are elevators available), you will see totem poles, lots and lots of totem poles. The first floor is dedication to the First Peoples and they have done a wonderful job of bringing this culture through time. Visually spellbinding! There is also a Children's Museum on the upper level. When the children first enter the children's museum, they receive a 'passport'. As they 'visit' each 'country/culture', they get a stamp on their 'passport'. Here they can sit on a 'camel', sit in an archeologists tent, ride a bus in India, so much to see and do. Great gift shop and refreshment area as well! Take your time, spend the day. (Might be advised to take bottled water with you as the juice and water is very expensive in the food court.)

Visited November 2016
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Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this review, 5 weeks ago
Dear strawberryguider,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience at the Museum of History. I agree that the view from the lobby looking into the Grand Hall is spectacular. It is actually one of the favorite areas of many of the Museum staff.

Thanks again for your comments and we hope to see you again soon!

Regards
Stephanie Fortin
Tourism and Marketing Officer
Canadian Museum of History
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