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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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Civilization is not = history

The museum is beautiful and we liked to exhibit really a lot. We were just a bit disappointed by the fact that, the museum being called "Musée de l'histoire", we were expecting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Mizzi F
Dania Beach, Florida, United States
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unless you have small children who will enjoy the children's portion of the museum, give this a miss. Considering the size of the building, the exhibits are few and disappointing, and not worth the price of admission. Add to that the astonishingly poorly-designed underground parking (we spent 30 minutes snaking through the apparently already full lot, only to resurface and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is beautiful and we liked to exhibit really a lot. We were just a bit disappointed by the fact that, the museum being called "Musée de l'histoire", we were expecting something more related to Canada's history . Having said that, we extremely enjoyed the wide variety of views on the aboriginal culture displays throughout the museum. The last... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm from England and I'm use to museums rammed with lots of exhibits and lots to look at. I felt this museum was a bit bare and didn't have much on show. I felt it was actually quite boring and I came away not learning a thing. However, the walk from Ottawa to here is great.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a nice place to spend some time. The exhibits were extensive. Free on Thursday evenings so if you're on a budget or simply want a free entry (who doesn't) then this is a good choice.

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Regina, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well. What can I say. The business meeting cut short and I have a couple of hours. The museum is right across from the hotel. But only level 1 & 2 are open. As if the museum knows I don't have sufficient time should I be crawling through the whole place. So disappointed.

Thank Andrew C
Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great walk from Ottawa (less than 15 minutes) across the Ottawa River, this was the best museum we visited in the Ottawa area. The origins of Canada, the pre-Canada history, and the many great accomplishments of this great country are all highlighted here. Friendly for kids, and amazing for anyone who appreciates the feeling of awe when your in... More 

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

Dear AngelaHehn, Thank you for sharing your great comments about the Canadian Museum of History. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our exhibitions. We hope to see you again soon! Stephanie Fortin Canadian Museum of History More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had out of town guests stay with us over the holidays and I thought it might be fun to take them to a few tourist sites. I hadn't been to the museum in years - in fact, the last time I visited, it was still the Museum of Civilization. The big draw was the Napoleon a Paris temporary exhibit,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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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