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“Beautiful Building - Wonderful Early History” 5 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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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Beautiful Building - Wonderful Early History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit starting with the great hall and totem poles!! Continued on the lower floor -- using the gorgeous staircase to the next floor!! Children's Museum would be fun for the younger set!! Special Napoleon Exhibition was excellent!! Gold Rush Exhibit was interesting -- even can find out your weight in gold!!

Not sure why the negative reviews -- excellent place to add to your Ottawa Itenerary!!

Visited December 2016
Thank Dr Tim T
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“I could almost live here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you go for no other reason then go for the First Nations gallery. Last time I visited I got held up by this place and I've returned twice and always get sucked in by the quality of the exhibit. This time round they also had temp exhibits on Napoleon and gold rushes. I thought the gold rush exhibit was a bit generic but Napoleon was magnificent.

Visited November 2016
Thank Keith T
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“Great way to spend a snowy day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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
Thank Kellie E
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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
Thank Emily B
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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
Thank Chunky322
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Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this review, 14 December 2016
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.

Stephanie Fortin
Tourism and Marketing Officer
Canadian Museum of History
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