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Canadian Museum of History

100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8, Canada
+1 819-776-7000
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Ranked #2 of 28 attractions in Gatineau
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums, Children's Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization At Canada's most visited museum, discover the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Brussels, Belgium
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

First up, a confession - I didn't get to see the Museum of History (previously known as the Museum of Civilisation) on this trip. It remains, however, one of my favourite museums in Ottawa (ok, strictly speaking, it's on the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River). The Great Hall with its Totems is awe-inspiring, the temporary exhibitions are almost always... More

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Sudbury, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I would recommend every tourist to go here. The museum is interesting and it gives you insights into Canadian Culture. There is also a lot to do for children. However in my opinion what makes the museum great is also the building on its own and the location. We walked from Parliament Hill, by the National Gallery, over the bridge... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The building is much more interesting than its collections. When you know many museums in the world, it is very disappointing to see so many dolls disguised in a huge collection which lacks original pieces. The view outside the museum is fantastic: Ottawa, in the other side of the river, including the Parliament.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Great experience. Don't miss it. I liked the 3rd floor history of Canada starting in the east and moving west with the settlements.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We visited the museum last week and would definitely go back....and we are not Canadian!! The history halls were fascinating and I could have spent much, much more time in those areas. However, with two young boys, they were anxious to get to the Children's Museum! The children's hall was fabulous! My boys are 7 and 6 and they absolutely... More

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Windsor, Canada
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56 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We visited the Canadian Museum of History (mainly because we were going to see an IMAX) and weren't sure what to expect. At the time, the museum had the Empress of Ireland exhibit, which was sold as the Titanic of Canada. The artifacts and history were woven together well to give visitors a comprehensive idea of the events surrounding the... More

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Vaughan, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

An incredible space with amazing collection of Canadiana from Haida to Inuits. Canadian native histories are celebrated and housed in this incredible architecture in a surreal location with sweeping views of Ottawa downtown. Don't miss the celebrated artworks of Bill Reid, and incredible Canadian first nations artist. I only wish the museum was open a bit later because they close... More

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Wolfville NS
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We arrived at the Museum of History by aqua ferry, affording lovely views of the area. The sun was shining brightly and we enjoyed walking through the grounds en route to the entrance of this impressive building. We started our visit by taking in a special display of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, which went down quickly in... 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 strive to provide unique, fun, interactive and quality learning experiences to visitors. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed the special exhibition Empress of Ireland and our other permanent exhibitions. Reading comments and feedback from visitors is the best reward for all of... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We visited Canadian Museum Of History today. It's Crap and a total waste of time and money. Skip, but the view of the parliament hill from the grounds across the river is nice.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

Loved the place and everything about the history of Canada. Specially the Empress of Ireland was worth every minute spent there. Highly recommend.

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