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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
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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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Children's Museum

Wow did my 4 year old niece love it. The only disappointing thing is that it hasn't changed since I went there over 15 years ago. But it's really great for children to have a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wow did my 4 year old niece love it. The only disappointing thing is that it hasn't changed since I went there over 15 years ago. But it's really great for children to have a museum where they can touch things, learn and express their creativity with origami, drawing, jewelry making and costumes. She loved the pyramid and boat where... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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123 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited solo this time (usually come with friends/family), but the experience was just as great. I am like a child whenever I get to go here - absolutely love it. I still attempt to get a passport each time in the children's area. Lots of great exhibits and IMAX movies. Easy to get to.

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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for the day, you definitely need 3 or more hours to get through everything. The viking exhibit is incredible, but I didn't see the imax movie. It seems to be under renovations at the moment, so a lot of exhibits were closed which was a bit of a downer. Saw a pamphlet saying things would be open again... 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 strive to provide unique, fun, interactive and quality learning experiences to visitors. We are indeed working on a new permanent exhibition, the Canadian History Hall, which will open on July 1, 2017. We hope to see you then! More 

London, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent five hours on a Sunday morning today. Enjoyed the Viking exhibition and the IMAX movie. The bottom floor was a delight with all sorts of first Nations exhibits. They will soon come up with an exhibition for history of Canada in 2017. Expect to spend three hours on this unless you like to take your time. A great experience,... 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 strive to provide unique, fun, interactive and quality learning experiences to visitors. Reading comments and feedback from visitors is the best reward for all of us at the Museum. More 

Laval, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the museum itself is a great place to visit. but we have 4 kids and have been to several museums in the u.s.a. this one is good competition to the boston children's museum. the kids get a passport and visit different places around the world. each place is interactive and many have crafts the kids can make. there are stamps... 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 really appreciate receiving visitor comments and feedback. We are thrilled to hear you and your family enjoyed your experience and you were able to partake in our various crafts and activities. We hope to see you again real soon! More 

Gatineau, Canada
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not being from this region, this is one of the first places I visited when I arrived. It is a beautiful museum with lots of exhibits and interactive segments. Very modern in design and welcoming to all ages.

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Fredericton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent an afternoon at the Museum while they had their special Viking exhibit on display. It is an amazing building, not only are the museum displays great the architecture of the building is spectacular and adds to the whole experience. We enjoyed an IMAX experience while there which was mesmerizing. I actually had to close my eyes twice to... More 

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Thank Megallen
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The viking exhibition and Imax movies were the highlight of our trip to Ottawa. Friendly staff and really great cafeteria.

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Mississauga
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38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

The exhibit is an exquisite collection of Viking items - jewellery, brooches, amulets, items from burial tombs. There is some weaponry. The high point is a display of only boat nails, hung on filaments of thread as they would have been nailed into the craft, so that what you see before you is an invisible boat. It is by far... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We saw the Viking exhibit. It was amazing. Lots to see and do. The museum is located directly across the Ottawa River from the Parliament buildings. The scenery is spectacular. It's very reasonably priced and all the exhibits were well done. The cafeteria is beautiful as well as the Bistro restaurant. Don't miss this. Great place for the family.

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