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Canadian Museum of History

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Address: 100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8, Canada
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+1 819-776-7000
09:30 - 17:00
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Thu 09:30 - 20:00
Fri - Wed 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization

At Canada's most visited...

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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Stunning place.

The building is beautiful and when you walk in it is so welcoming and respectful of Indigenous Canadians to have the hall full of totem poles and long houses. Plan to be here a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The building is beautiful and when you walk in it is so welcoming and respectful of Indigenous Canadians to have the hall full of totem poles and long houses. Plan to be here a while as there is lots to see and do.

Thank Kyle I
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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... More 

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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... More 

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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... More 

Thank Kellie E
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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!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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.

Thank Chunky322
Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this review

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... More 

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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.

Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this review

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... More 

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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... More 

Thank strawberryguider
Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this review

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... More 

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