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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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Outstanding Designed Museum Building

Had an enjoyable Sunday afternoon at this Museum. First visit for 19 years and the place still looks impressive on the banks of the Ottawa river, on the Gatineau side of Ottawa in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Torpoint, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Had an enjoyable Sunday afternoon at this Museum. First visit for 19 years and the place still looks impressive on the banks of the Ottawa river, on the Gatineau side of Ottawa in French speaking Quebec. The exhibits relating to the First Nation people of Canada were very interesting and refreshing. The sheer quantity of Totem Poles were impressive and... More 

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Gourock, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed seeing the sculptures and totem pole area, and the children's museum ( even if it was about lots of countries other than Canada! ) but felt it was a bit lacking otherwise. Maybe I'm still annoyed at being told I couldn't take my bag into the exhibit on Grecian artefacts, to see quite a few other women with their... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Short car ride from Ottawa to Gatineau. We got the family package without the IMAX movie $56 for up to 5 people-2 adults. Grand Hall is memorable for the huge collection of totem poles. My Tween and teen enjoyed seeing the Native Indian artifacts from every day life. The Terry Fox exhibit is excellent and worth your while.inspiring for kids... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A a first time visitor with family in tow, were expecting much more from a national museum. We have seen better displays in much smaller museums. The First Nations and the Greek areas were little more than artifacts with brief descriptions of the items. There was no broader interpretation of how everything on display was part of the daily life... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Id like to comment on the special exhibition " The Greeks- Agamemnon to Alexander the Great". If you are in Ottawa this may be one of the greatest exhibitions one can ever see. We salute the people who put this together- a collection of very rare artifacts spanning 5000 from the Paleolthic Period to Alexander. A number of years ago... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

What we did see was very good but the top floor was closed so it needed a bit more. The aboriginal display was great. The Terry Fox display was very thourough. it included his notes, the van he rode, two of the legs he used .. etc. The confederation display was also very informative. The special display was "The Greeks"... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Wonderful museum. Excellent display of West Coast First Nations culture (totem poles, longhouses, artifacts, etc.). Parking fills up quickly at the museum - save time in the lineup and park in one of the nearby lots instead.

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Brockville, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Took my 2 children, 11 and 6. I was pleasantly surprised about the "family rate" 4 people was $40. Which I thought was amazing !! Both my children and myself loved the Terry Fox exhibit. The kids museum was super fun, and they loved learning about other places in the world. Overall we had a great time. It was a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We visited with young kids and spent a long time in the kids museum, which was extremely well done. The other exhibits were much less interactive and engaging so we needed a fraction of the time to visit the remainder of the museum. All and all the kids museum made it a great experience for our young kids.

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The best part of this Museum was the architecture of the buildings themselves. It may have been that I have been to several other museums that have covered the history of the native Canadian people, so I had seen plenty of totem poles and the like in the past. The views across the river to Ottawa were very nice.

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