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Canadian Children's Museum

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Address: 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec J8X 4H2, Canada
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Located within the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum...

Located within the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization)

Hands on adventure!

The Canadian Children's Museum is one of the most popular attractions at the Canadian Museum of History, and has been since it opened its doors in 1989. Passports in hand, visitors discover one incredible destination after another. Whether on a visit to homes in the International Village, a trek to a desert pyramid, a jaunt to the Port of Entry to help unload a cargo ship, or a stroll through the bustling Market Bazaar, visitors encounter endless ways to learn about the world and one another. A world of discovery where parents have as much fun as their kids!

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Best Museum in Ottawa for Kids!

My younger kids are never disappointed by what this museum offers and my teens still ask to go to have fun. This special section of the museum is kid sized, kid approved and far... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
cmelanie
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Ottawa, Canada

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Ottawa, Canada
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40 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My younger kids are never disappointed by what this museum offers and my teens still ask to go to have fun. This special section of the museum is kid sized, kid approved and far exceeds adults and kids' expectations alike. From the mini streets of capital cities around the world, your child takes a passports and begins their journey experiencing... More 

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Kokomo, United States
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The kids (5, 4, and 1) loved their time here and the museum's passport program not only kept them engaged, but ensured that the kids saw everything the museum had to offer. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. It was a great place for the kids to learn about different cultures and have fun while doing so.

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East Stroudsburg
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here after a convention. My daughter stayed busy for hours. The best part was she learned some about the different countries around the world.

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Thank Donald M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in Ottawa over the holidays and our friends suggested to go to the museum. It was GREAT!!! They had these restaurants (sushi, cafe and pizza), with menus and tables and all. Even chef's outfits, and our son was having a blast <cooking>, they even have a crane the kids can operate. And all sorts of fun kiosks from... More 

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Lots to see and do. Staff is great and multilingual. A little crowded at times which concerned me being with a younger grandaughter. A certain limit on attendance could be beneficial. A lower admission fee for people who are only going to the children part would make it a lot more attractive.

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Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Children's Museum, responded to this review

Dear lagare2016, thank you for your comments and taking the time to share your experience. We are glad that you enjoyed the Children's Museum and have noted the comments regarding attendance and admission fees. We hope to see you again in the near future! More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Overall this children's "museum" is merely a themed parent accompanied kid play area. The exhibits are not scientific nor have any interaction. This "museum" ought to be stripped of its status and renamed the history museum child daycare area. Props/ toys were sparse and during the busy and peak periods this museum was impossible to navigate and enjoy. Furthermore with... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

The day started off horribly after driving around the tiniest parkade looking for a parking spot to no avail. There are also no parking lots close by which is a problem when it is winter with small children. Next we get inside and it is jam packed with families with no apparent limit of the amount of guests allowed inside.... More 

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Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Children's Museum, responded to this review

Dear Trista L, Thank you for your comments. We are sad to learn that you didn't enjoy your experience at the Children's Museum. On extremely busy days, access to parking and hands-on activities within the exhibition space can be challenging. Your comments have been noted. Thanks again for sharing them. Regards, Stephanie Fortin Canadian Children's Museum More 

Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

This place is awesome. I have taken various family members here from 2 years to 67 years and we all enjoy the children's museum. It's a well done set up with lots of entertaining things to amuse the senses. I fully recommend a visit for any age. One caution is that if you have kids, especially smaller ones, be careful... More 

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Thank MacNomadicMac
Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Children's Museum, responded to this review

Dear MacNomadicMac, Thank you for taking time to submit a review about your experience at the Canadian Children's Museum. We are glad to hear you enjoy the Museum. There are indeed many things to touch and play with. Please be assured that we clean and disinfect all of the toys and areas on a regular basis. We hope to see... More 

Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

My husband and I visited back in 2008 and had a blast. We decided to visit again in 2016 once we had children. The staff said that 2 hours would be plenty of time, but our toddler could easily have spent 4 hours there playing and exploring. They don't advertise the Canada's National Museums Passport at the box office, but... More 

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Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

We visited the Children's Museum on Remembrance Day and admittance was free all day. Lots of interactive display and exhibits for the kids to enjoy. Kids are given a passport and The craft room was large with table for families to create art work. Underground parking was $12.50 (max), heated garage we left our coats in the van, although there... More 

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