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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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
14 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We visited on a Saturday afternoon in August and were very disappointed. A combination of weddings and preparations for the fireworks meant that this had the feel of a large corporate space and not a museum. Everywhere there were caterers and photographers. It would probably have been managaeable if the museum had put some effort into the signposting. It was... More

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Philadelphia area
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255 reviews 255 reviews
73 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We were here two decades ago with young children and loved it then, but didn't know whether it would appeal to our adult tastes--but it sure did! The exhibits, descriptions, interactive features, and intermittent film clips were fantastic! I especially liked the spot in which you could select any year of Canadian history and see a video of some actual... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

My family and I really enjoyed this museum. It was really different from other history museums we have visited. We wanted to learn more about the origins of Canada and this museum felt like we were walking through a time line of Canadian history. There were exhibits of recreated homes, stores, churches, etc. and audio and visual aids that made... More

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Quinte West, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

First time back in a very long time and my kids really enjoyed the children's area of the museum. Although busy with day camps my kids still had fun at all of the activities that they had for them to do. From the daily craft to loading the crates onto the ship with the crane they had a blast. Being... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We went on a weekday with our two daughters (ages 9 and 11), were there for five hours, and still did not see everything. (In fact, we did not even visit the Children's Museum, located inside and included with your admission). The sheer size of the museum, the attention to detail, the generally high quality of the dining area, etc.,... More

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Arviat, Canada
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89 reviews 89 reviews
36 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful grounds and excellent exhibits make this a must visit museum on your next trip to Ottawa. The architecture is spectacular with lots of great places for photo opportunities with amazing views of the parliament buildings and river. The Empress of Ireland exhibit was excellent!!! Well done!!!

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calgary
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Medley for. Two teenagers, two adults. Adults had been there before a decade ago and were disappointed with the apparent direction of the facility. Seemed a bit Disnified and somehow cheapened. We saw a panda movie in IMAX that everyone in the family enjoyed. 3-D. The main history and civilization exhibit is excellent. Well, the teenagers thought it was boring...... More

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Laval, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

It was not the first time, but we are always amazed by the buiding architecture and its content all facing Parliament Hill on the other side of the Ottawa River. To have a feel of Canada it's the place to go. The Empress of Ireland Exhibit (till April 6, 2015) was most interesiting: you relive the night of May 29,... More

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Laval, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Went to please my 14 year old daughter - an history lover! We were amazed by the quality of the various expositions; we enjoyed a movie at the IMAX Theatre. Our 8 year old loved the Children's Museum (funtastic experience).

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Waterloo, Canada
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9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Lots of work went into this museum. Lots of attention to detail. It is all so amazing and food in the cafe is good too.

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