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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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Hours:
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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not a good value

we paid 70$ for a family of three (2 adults, 1 child). The totem poles and exhibit on aboriginal Canadians was okay. It has been there for years. The childrens museum was... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Jill P
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Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Canada
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Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

we paid 70$ for a family of three (2 adults, 1 child). The totem poles and exhibit on aboriginal Canadians was okay. It has been there for years. The childrens museum was pretty good and interactive, although the staff were not overly friendly or helpful. There was a passport station at most exhibits, we only found this out halfway through... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This is an awesome place to visit with kids or as an adult. For kids: there is the best kids Museum I had ever seen so much activities and attraction. For adults: The first nation exhibit is just WOW

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Kentville, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 via mobile

We took our 3 year old and 1 year old grandchildren to the museum for a fun-filled morning of active, imaginative play . We drove into the underground parking, walked into the entrance and used a $1 locker to stow our gear. We arrived near opening time at 9:30 and went directly into the Childrens Museum area. Everyone we met... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Everything is impressive in this Museum: the location, the architecture, the exhibits and the variety in display choice. The IMAX theater is also worth the visit: the shows are always great. This Museum used to be the Museum of Civilization and this name fits better what this museum really is. The young ones, but the adults as well, will enjoy... 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 

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40 reviews 40 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Thursdays from 4-8 are free and we took advantage of that. Thoroughly enjoyed walking about and seeing the different displays. Coming from a small province, it felt wonderful to browse around and enjoy the museum. There is a children's area that was pretty noisy but they were having lots of fun! Would definitely go again if in the area.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This review is based more about event planning vs the actual museum itself. I have attended and organized several events here over the years and have had mixed experiences. The location is gorgeous, so that is a big plus. However several little annoyances happen including overly eager service staff that collect your plates and drinks if you mistakenly look away... More 

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

We would like to thank you for bringing forward your concerns regarding your mixed experiences. The Museum hosts many private events during the year and while we often hear about how an event went well, we do not often receive feedback on what we could have done to improve the client’s experience. This type of input is vital in our... More 

Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We went to the museum over the weekend as the cold weather kept us from skating on the canal. The Children's museum is first class and kept my five year old entertained for well over two hours. My eight year old and her ten year old cousin loved the Empress of Ireland exhibit and the First Peoples' exhibits. Everyone loved... 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 renovating the Canadian History Hall. This new exhibition, which represents the largest and most ambitious exhibition project that our Museum has ever undertaken, is due to open on July 1,... More 

Alberta
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155 reviews 155 reviews
42 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

I really wanted to like this museum - it has a good reputation - at least that what I have heard. I also understand now, after being there, that a major section (3rd floor) is shut down and preparing for the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. However, had a I known, I would have waiting till 2017! The First... More 

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Montreal
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34 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

If coming from the Ottawa side, entering the parking garage can be a little tricky as one has to cross the traffic. However, once it, everything is fine. There is usually a very good temporary exhibit, and this time it was on the Empress of Ireland and how she sank. There are also short films in the Imax theatre. Most... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We went to learn more about Canada's Titanic. The Empress went down in the St. Lawrence River when it was truck by a coal ship in May 1914 (over 1,000 died that night). We were 4 adults and a 11 year old -- were were all thoroughly entertained. Allow 75 to 90 minutes just for this display. There's a nice... More 

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