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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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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 museum

This place is beautiful and you learn so much about canada! The children's museum is a lot if fun too!

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
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Ottawa, Canada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

This place is beautiful and you learn so much about canada! The children's museum is a lot if fun too!

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Birmingham, Alabama
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Upon entering the Canadian Museum of History,an exhibit of First Nations dwellings and totem poles captures your attention. Soaring ceilings and glass walls enhance the exhibit. History truly comes alive in the way artifacts are displayed. Be sure to see the Empress of Ireland display(a ship that sank 2 years after the Titanic);the rooms are brilliantly conceived and tell a... 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 have a passionate team of experts that work very hard at the preservation, research and sharing Canada’s history through special and permanent exhibitions. We strive to provide unique, fun, interactive and quality learning experiences to visitors. Reading comments and feedback from visitors is the best... More 

Montreal, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We enjoyed our time at Children' museum section of the Canadian Museum of History with our 3 1/2 years old daughter. We took a sneak peak at the beginning and went back at the place we enjoyed the most. So many things to learn and to see.

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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 are glad that you and your daughter enjoyed the Children's Museum. It is a world of discovery where parents have as much fun as their kids! We appreciate your comments and hope to see again soon! More 

toronto
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The children's museum features an awesome passport game that kept our 6 and 4 - yr old engaged for 3 hours. They loved the challenges at each exhibit. For the regular museum exhibits we really enjoyed the west coast native area and native hall. We walked across the Victoria bridge from Ottawa on a frigid day and it was a... More 

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Ontario
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Popped into the museum one day while we were visiting the area during the Christmas break. Brought the kids. Children's museum had them both occupied and having fun! Lots to see and do. After we pried them out of the children's section we set out to view the rest of the exhibits. Although we weren't able to really stop and... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Facing Ottawa is the best place to start a journey trough Canada's history, a must see to understand this beautiful country, and why it became a worldwide player nation. Does' t matter your age is interactive history for everyone, Aboriginal and Europeans, all are there, waiting for you.

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Ottawa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I went here for my birthday last week and I enjoyed seeing all the artifacts and exhibits. My favourite part hands down was the Childrens Museum, and I don't even have any kids! The exhibits were all interactive and my boyfriend and I had a great time going through the different countries and playing the games. I wish there was... 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 are thrilled to hear that you had fun and enjoyed yourself in the Children's Museum and in our other exhibitions. We strive to provide unique, fun, interactive and quality learning experiences to visitors. Reading comments and feedback from visitors is the best reward for all... More 

Toronto, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Recently visited the Canadian Museum of History. The displays dedicated for the First Nations were amazing. Really enjoyed the history and appreciate the art. The impress of Ireland is an another must see in the museum, I was very amazed by the way the whole floor was laid out and how the events for the ship were described. Objects from... 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 have a passionate team of experts that work very hard at the preservation, research and sharing Canada’s history through special and permanent exhibitions. We strive to provide unique, fun, interactive and quality learning experiences to visitors. Reading comments and feedback from visitors is the best... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I went there for a conference banquet and we dined in the main hall in front of a huge stage with really beautiful native art and statues. I was only there for one night and didn't get to really visit exhibitions or see shows. But I did notice the museum has shows like "D-Day" in IMAX amongst others. It's also... More 

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Thunder Bay
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This museum is a really nice one. I have been here twice, October of 2013 and December of 2014. The first time I went there were way more exhibits. I was slightly disappointed the second time. I love that it gets you out of Ottawa and you get to experience Quebec, even if it is only from inside the museum.

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