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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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It's ok

The building itself is very interesting and nice to walk through. The Great Hall also offered fantastic views across the river to the Parliament Buildings and Alexandria Bridge... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Ottawa, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Went today 23 March 2013. Atrocious price for the value. The third floor is closed for renovation until 2017. They charge you full price for half of the exhibit. They look for patrons but it gives you nothing in return. Parking is ok but very expensive for just a couple of hours. Recommend you stay away until museum is fully... More 

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Port Hope, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The building itself is very interesting and nice to walk through. The Great Hall also offered fantastic views across the river to the Parliament Buildings and Alexandria Bridge. The native exhibit was ok and had some parts of interest. The highlight of the visit was the Empress of Ireland exhibit. It was well laid out and interactive. Our boys really... More 

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Mt Pearl, NL, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit. The architecture of the building and exhibits are really nice. I am not much of a museum guy, but I was happy that I visited.

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Ontario, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

One of the best museums for a family outing used to be the Canadian Museum of Civilization; sadly that is no longer the case! Taking advantage of the gorgeous weather this March Break, we took the grandchildren there. Only to find that it's now renamed as The Canadian Museum of History. The entrance fees were still exorbitant, as was the... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I have visited the Canadian Museum of History several times and I have always been in awe of the many exhibits they present. A great diversity of history, arts and culture. The IMAX theatre is grand and impressive! A must see in Gatineau (Hull sector)!

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St. Marys
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I used to actively dislike museums, but as I get older, I've found I connect more & more with things to see & do at museums. Until today. Today I found the Museum of History drag me right back down to museum-dislike. The great hall IS beautiful, and the native artifact collection & sample archeology display were very intriguing. But... More 

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maple, ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is our third visit to the Museum of History. My older kids really loved the children's museum here, so I thought my youngest should see it also. When you walk in, make sure to get a "passport" so that your child can get all the "stamps" at each exhibit. What I like about this museum is that there is... More 

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Laval, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We just visited the Children's Museum. My kids really enjoyed the exhibits and the interactive nature of the stations. The passport stamps were a hit. Very VERY COOL place to visit. We spent about 3 hours travelling the world. Lots of IMAX options. Next time we will take in a movie.

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We recently saw two temporary shows. One, on the sinking of Empress of Ireland ("Canada's Titanic") was brilliant. It carefully set the context and then took the visitor moment by moment through the dramatic collision with another ship. Youngsters and older visitors enjoyed hearing first-person accounts read by actors, accessible at listening posts throughout the display. However, next door there... More 

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Lennoxville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

First and foremost, on Thursday entry is free as of 4pm and the museum is open until 8pm (as opposed to 5pm on any other day). You will have access to all exhibits, permanent and special, free of charge. However the IMAX theatre is extra and costs $9 (student) to see a movie. Didn't really feel like a "history" museum... More 

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