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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 #3 of 14 Attractions in Gatineau
Type: Children's Museums, History Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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 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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249 reviews 249 reviews
85 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We spent several hours in the museum on a quiet weekday. We were disappointed to find that one-third of the museum was closed for reconstruction, but there was plenty left to occupy us, and all of it was impressive. The "Empress of Ireland" exhibit delves into a shipwreck every bit as tragic as the Titanic, but much less well known.... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I went to the museum today with my 8 year old daughter. The museum itself is a beautiful space - incredible architecture and very spacious. If you read other reviews on here, you will see many if not most of the positive reviews mention the Canada Hall and how wonderful it is. I am familiar with the Canada Hall and... More

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

Thank you for the comment you submitted during your recent visit to the Canadian Museum History. Our Museum strives to ensure that all guests have an excellent experience while visiting us, so we sincerely appreciate you taking the time to provide us with feedback concerning your experience. We sincerely apologize for the disappointment you experienced with the closure of Canada... More

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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

So informative, and in an amazing building... so impressive in design. The 'Empress of Ireland' exhibition and soundtracks were good, even though the subject matter was a tad depressing and we even felt we were on a sea vessel. Unfortunately the top floor was closed but there was enough to see elsewhere.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

On the outside it is shaped like a human face with eyes and nose and ears, the largest Museum and most popularly visited . It is just across the Ottawa river in Quebec. It shows the history of Canada very beautifully in the level below the ground floor .This is what we actually saw since the entire Museum is too... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The museum of Canadian History isn't actually in Ottawa. However, it's just across the river from the Parliament Buildings in Gatineau Quebec. Anyone who calls themselves a Canadian, owes themselves a visit. This museum does a grand job of showing us our roots and beginning through time. If you don't allow yourself at least three hours for this visit you... More

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Gatineau, Quebec
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Empress of Ireland, Snow and Windfields Farm Northern Dancer Display. All were excellent. Well presented and no waiting time to enter. Can be viewed free of charge at certain times so check with the Museum for details.

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Athens, Greece
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24 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Beautiful and airy display for several aspects of Canadian history. Wonderful totems and a nice collection of artifacts. The empress of Ireland is a really nice albeit depressing. The Children's museum was absolutely fantastic, we all loved it. Check playing times for IMAX, they are wonderful!

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New Westminster, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

From the outside the museum complex is very large so I was very surprised to discover that there was less on display than I had anticipated. The lower floor is first nations. The North West Coast hall is especially impressive. I was surprised and disappointed to discover that renovations on the upper floors meant that there was not very much... More

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Bramshill, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

A truly outstanding museum which is very good value for money and a venue that you must allow all day to visit if you are to get the best out of the information provided. All areas are worthy of mention and the Sinking of what they call Canada s Titanic is a bonus and once again all information must be... More

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Hull, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Don't bother eating there....food is â réal steal....service is the sorts I ever seen, could hardly had attention of cafétéria work ers to get â cookie.

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