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“Great museum for kids”

Canadian Museum of History
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US$35.81*
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Montreal to Ottawa Day Trip
Ranked #3 of 49 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 young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 10 January 2017

I've been to this museum many times over the years, but with every visit there is always a new experience. The main room with the native exhibit is breathtaking. Not only are the displays great, but the views overlooking the water and parliament are some of the nicest in Ottawa.

The focus this trip was more around the kids activities with our 3-year old daughter. She LOVED the children's museum (free with admission) so we spent the most time there. The displays were highly interactive, but there were also lots of staff running special activities such as beading. There was also a craft room where kids got to make mini clay snowmen so lots of fun things to see, do and take home with you after the day.

The parking garage under the museum is a little bizarre. It's very hard to park your car as their are structural poles in the middle of most spots. Along with it's all angled parking. It's not the end of the world, but really doesn't feel like a good use of space. I saw lots of people frustrated trying to get in and out of spots. Parking was $12 for the entire day.

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Reviewed 6 January 2017

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.

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Reviewed 4 January 2017

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!!

Thank Dr Tim T
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Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2017

Dear Dr Tim T,

Thank you for sharing your comments about your visit to the Canadian Museum of History. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the many different exhibitions in the Museum. We hope to see you again soon!

Stephanie Fortin
Canadian Museum of History

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Reviewed 3 January 2017

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.

Thank Keith T
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Reviewed 29 December 2016 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.

Thank Kellie E
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