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Canadian Children's Museum

100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec J8X 4H2, Canada
+1 819-776-7000
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Ranked #2 of 30 Attractions in Gatineau
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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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Gatineau, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

My kids love the Children's Museum. They get to play, learn and travel at the same place. Can be noisy, but its worth the visit.

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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We just finished our cross country trip from Charlottetown to Vancouver and this was my kids favourite stop (ages 6,4,2). It was so interactive and so fun. They played for hours. Try running a post office or painting a house or piping a sink and then explore different cultures from around the world. Well done!

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Ottawa, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

It was not the first time and it is not going to be the last. If your kids are between 4 and 10, it is full of interactive activities. We went 3 hours with friends and there kids were so tired after that they slept all night untill 8 am....... Wow. The best reference are the fact that the next... More

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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We toured the museum with our kids ages 4,5, 8 and 10. The 4 and 5 year old loved it and could've stayed all day. The 8 and 10 year old were pretty bored. They left and checked out the History Museum but found that boring too. This is a beautiful building on the water. It was beautiful to get... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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110 reviews 110 reviews
20 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Enlarge this space & have more unique displays for all age groups so parents can visit as their child grows. Send educating personal emails & offer special values for returning families eg:passports earning colourful stamps depicting symbol of historical event.

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

Thank you for your comments and for taking the time to share your experience. We appreciate your feedback and your suggestions and they will be relayed to our exhibition planning team. Did you know that you can subscribe to the Museum's newsletter to receive promotional offers and our monthly newsletter, Inside History. To do so, visit our website at www.historymuseum.ca.... More

Laval, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Kids love it! And I too... some toys brought back many memories! A bit noisy for a museum, but hey, it's for kids!

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Toronto, Canada
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135 reviews 135 reviews
87 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I included the Canadian Children's Museum in my review of the Canadian Museum of History but I'll add just a few words for those who come to this page directly... Mostly for the under-12 set, this area is filled with interactive exhibits that help introduce young people to cultures from around the world and to the arts. The favourite for... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had a morning avaialble to do something in the Ottawa / Gatineau region so we asked our girls (7 and 9) what they would like to do. The resounding reply: The Childrens Museum! I said "ut you went there last year". No matter - they loved it so much they wanted to go again. What makes this place special... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Confession - we were frequent visitors between 2005 and 2009 but haven't been since we left the country. But, on the basis of why change a winning formula, I'm writing this review on the assumption that the museum is largely unchanged. This museum is housed in the same complex as the Canadian Museum of History. Don't overlook it and bank... More

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Brooklyn, New York
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Our twin 2-year-olds loved this place! We spent way more time here than we thought - turns out the kids were not too small to enjoy everything. Kids of all ages (including many adults) were scampering around so the creativity and ingenuity of the attractions appealed to all. Many great highlights, including: the colorful bus in the exhibit that encourages... More

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