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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 16 Attractions in Gatineau
Type: Children's Museums, History Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization At Canada's most...
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Type: Children's Museums, History Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Thu 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Ottawa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

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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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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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Ottawa, Canada
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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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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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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We spent half a day exploring this museum. The beautiful exhibit on the first people takes up most of the day, then we walked through a special exhibit on the Empress of Ireland. We also took in an IMAX movie while there. The staff were lovely and I'd suggest that everyone check this out. We had free tickets from Airmiles,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

First off - There are some major renovations going on that take up a good third of the museum and they won't be completed until 2017 - that being said, I did not go during this time, I went before and my experience was overall awesome - this place is a great vehicle to bring your kids to as they... 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. We thank you for your comments and will share... More 

Gatineau, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I love the museum of history. And unknown to me, so did my 7 yrs old daughter!! When I to her that we were going to visit the new Rebellion to confederation exhibit, she blurted out : will we have a minute to visit the kids museum? Well, we ran out time that day for the kids part, but we... 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 

Fairfield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

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 

Haifa
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21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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