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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 30 Attractions in Gatineau
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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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Toronto
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76 reviews 76 reviews
30 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Been to this museum before. Love the gallery with all of the totem poles - huge expanses of windows with lots of natural light. Also love the mural in the ceiling at the top of the stair well at the far end of that gallery, look up.

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I loved this museum. They were having several different exhibitions. The one about the Ireland express is amazing. I felt like I was there watching everything. I was very impressed with the quality and organization. This is a must visit place if you are in Ottawa.

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Kingston, Canada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
24 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We visited this museum with our two-year-old grandson. We already knew the place as the Museum of Civilization; I see no real justification for changing the name. One thing worth knowing is that the Museum is absolutely punctilious about not opening until 9:30 am on the dot. There were a lot of people already in the Museum, waiting to buy... More

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Kingston, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Well... my boyfriend and I walked 45 minutes in the rain to get to this museum so even just being inside the warm/dry building was pretty great. BUT. The exhibits were really well done and visually pleasing to keep you interested. The First Nations Hall is wonderful and a fantastic tribute/history lesson on a culture we too often disregard or... More

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Waltham Cross, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We have been spending a week in Ottawa, and decided to cross the river to Gatineau today. We took a number 8 bus (fixed fare 3.45$) which dropped us right outside. You can just go into the museum for $13 or with the Imax it is $20. First is down the escalator to the First Peoples exhibit - wow! I... More

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New Delhi, India
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12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Whichever new city I go to, I make it a point to at least visit the museum that details the history of that country for me. Helps in understanding the country better. A visit to the Canadian Museum of History gave a lot of insight in to the country and its people. They also have special exhibitions on different events... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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22 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Allow for at least half a day for getting a taste of Canadian civilization and, ideally, one full day. We were lucky to visit a temporary exhibition showing how Canadians have learnt to live with the snow and tough winters ("Snow") and another one on the Canadian's Titanic: The Empress of Ireland which sinked in Saint Lawrence river 100 years... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The music and fireworks display was outstanding! The IMAX was very interesting. We had been to the museum in the past and chose to skip this time, only because of time constraints

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Calgary Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This museum is definitely worth visiting. It is large, and we found the best exhibit was the Empress of Ireland, which tells the story, in a very orderly and understandable way, of the 1914 sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland, a passenger ship, with more than 1,000 lives lost. It was very interesting. Another exhibit is all about snow.... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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101 reviews 101 reviews
18 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Gorgeous venue & location.So many things to see. Café needs improvement.Get with the program-more healthy unique food items needed.Almost seems too large a place that is probably underused with waste of precious resources.

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