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Review of Canadian Museum of History

Canadian Museum of History
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US$28.96*
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Ontario
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126 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Not sure why they changed the name!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this museum's collection of West coast totems. The aboriginal history is just great, so well done. Make sure and get a ticket that includes a 3D movie.

Visited January 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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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