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Canadian Museum of History

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Address: 100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8, Canada
Phone Number: +1 819-776-7000
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Thu 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Beautiful displays and kid friendly!

It rained the entire week we were in Ottawa. I decided to take my 3 year old daughter to see the museum in part because I was told the Children's museum was in this museum. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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Falls Church, Virginia
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Falls Church, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

It rained the entire week we were in Ottawa. I decided to take my 3 year old daughter to see the museum in part because I was told the Children's museum was in this museum. The only time my 3 year old stopped talking was when we came upon the grand hall with the totem display. It was beautiful! There... More 

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kimberley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Very interesting displays. Lovely building and made good use of space. Particularly enjoyed the Terry Fox display which is currently being housed there. We didn't have children with us but walked through the childrens area and is was amazing!

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Innisfil, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Not a bad museum, but not great either. At the end we were all asking did "we miss a floor or something?" because it just seemed a little sparse. The exhibit on the sinking of the Empress of Ireland was definitely the highlight and well worth seeing. We were there with a group of forty teens and I found it... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Without the Empress of Ireland exhibit, this museum might not be worth it. Others were right in noting it feels a little sparse, especially when compared to the Museum of Nature. We don't have kids so we didn't experience any of the kiddie attractions. They have a cafeteria but most of the food reminded me of what you'd find at... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The building itself is probably more interesting than the exhibits in the museum. Coming from the US, we expected to learn some history of Canada but there is very little to see. We did watch a 3D film about panda, which is actually not bad, but is completely irrelevant to the theme of the museum. Would not recommend this place... More 

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

Thank you for your comments and for taking the time to share your experience. We really appreciate receiving visitor comments and feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience. We are currently renovating our Canadian History Hall, which is scheduled to open on July 1, 2017. This 4,000-square-metre gallery will tell the story of Canada... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Went today 23 March 2013. Atrocious price for the value. The third floor is closed for renovation until 2017. They charge you full price for half of the exhibit. They look for patrons but it gives you nothing in return. Parking is ok but very expensive for just a couple of hours. Recommend you stay away until museum is fully... More 

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Port Hope, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The building itself is very interesting and nice to walk through. The Great Hall also offered fantastic views across the river to the Parliament Buildings and Alexandria Bridge. The native exhibit was ok and had some parts of interest. The highlight of the visit was the Empress of Ireland exhibit. It was well laid out and interactive. Our boys really... More 

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Mt Pearl, NL, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Well worth a visit. The architecture of the building and exhibits are really nice. I am not much of a museum guy, but I was happy that I visited.

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Ontario, Canada
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104 reviews 104 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

One of the best museums for a family outing used to be the Canadian Museum of Civilization; sadly that is no longer the case! Taking advantage of the gorgeous weather this March Break, we took the grandchildren there. Only to find that it's now renamed as The Canadian Museum of History. The entrance fees were still exorbitant, as was the... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I have visited the Canadian Museum of History several times and I have always been in awe of the many exhibits they present. A great diversity of history, arts and culture. The IMAX theatre is grand and impressive! A must see in Gatineau (Hull sector)!

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