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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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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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Awesome place to learn the History of Canada

I learned a lot from this Museum! From Terry Fox history to how Canada became to be the country as we know it!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
RicardoDionisio
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Brampton, Canada
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Brampton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I learned a lot from this Museum! From Terry Fox history to how Canada became to be the country as we know it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I've been there 3 times and really enjoyed each visit. The section about Haida Gwaii was amazing, described the culture in a detail manner. There were real totems too. The second floor about history of Canada (with real size diorama) was enjoyable too. The architecture of the museum is unique, there is no 90 degree angle. The architect was a... More 

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Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

My wife actually went to it, although I was in conference during the day. So much history and information.

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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

If you like to look at painting,native sculpture you could spend a couple of hours to visit something not to miss and don't forget the 4D movies.

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Gatineau, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Brought friends visiting from Australia, seeing the museum through their eyes made me realize that it gives a very good overview of our countries development from its indigenous peoples on. Although the museum could be visited in an hour if you make a day of it and truly engross yourself in each exhibit you will leave with a better understanding... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The museum is very good, and we enjoyed walking through the Grand Hall and the First People's Hall. The exhibits are stunning and enabled us to understand the beginnings of Canada. However from a casual visitors point of view we would have preferred to see a wider display that covered more generally the growth of the country. Because of the... More 

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Penfield, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Just across the river from Ottawa you can go to the Museum of History. There are some great displays and we watched an IMAX movie about Madagascar and the lemurs (I think that is how you spell it). This could be a good family stop or for anyone interested in history. Also, don't miss the beautiful views of Ottawa across... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

The Museum of History is still stuck in its "Museum of Civilization" period. It is more an aboriginal museum than a history museum. Some striking exhibits in the lower area but it was the temporary exhibits that we came to see. The Terry Fox and the Road to Confederation exhibits were both first rate. We were not disappointed. I think... More 

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Newmarket, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Where to start? From the front desk, ticket booth, children's museum, permanent and temporary special exhibits, cafeteria and grounds you will be helped, informed, engaged and learning, having fun and full of wonder. We started at the info desk and made a plan before starting. They were extremely helpful. The pamphlet has the approx times printed on it that you... More 

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Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this review

Thank you for your great comments and for taking the time to share your experience. We are very happy to hear that you had a great experience at the Museum with your family. We hope to see you again real soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We visited the museum over the Easter weekend with our 2 kids (5 years old), and had a great time. We spent most of the time in the Children Museum area (2-3 hours). The area is organized by countries, and the kids have little passports they can stamp at each area. All the areas were interactive and hands on. They've... More 

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