We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Canadian Museum of History

Travelers' Choice award winner
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8, Canada
Phone Number: +1 819-776-7000
Website
Today
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
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.
read more
Book ahead on Viator
Top Rated
More Info
$32*
and up
Ottawa City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 812 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 550
    Excellent
  • 183
    Very good
  • 51
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Excellent special exhibitions

The museum seems less focused since it switched names and presumably mandates, but there were several special exhibitions well worth viewing. I particularly liked the one on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
operalover939
,
Toronto, Canada
Add Photo Write a Review

812 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
523 reviews
197 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 379 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The museum seems less focused since it switched names and presumably mandates, but there were several special exhibitions well worth viewing. I particularly liked the one on the Greeks, but the one about the Marathon of Hope by Terry Fox was also very interesting and, yes, moving. There's a nice small exhibition on British North American political and constitutional developments... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
60 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I immensely enjoyed every exhibit at this museum on my last visit. I went on a week day so it was not overly crowded although there were school tours. Definitely a must see to get to know the history of Canada, from First nation to its geological formation and finally its birth and history.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Went there last summer and loved it! At the time they were having an exhibition about the Empress of Ireland which sank in the Saint Lawrence in 1914. They also had another exhibition about the First Nations and the winter in Canada. Every exhibition is very well organized, the one about the express of Ireland really impressed me, never saw... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ontario
Level Contributor
29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

With the Magna Carta being displayed at the Canadian Museum of History we decided to make a trip to Ottawa and see one of the foundations of modern laws in the free world. The museum was well set up for this display. Many guards / security staff ensuring safety. The museum was not overly busy - and that made the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
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 are glad that you enjoyed your experience at the Museum and the Magna Carta exhibition. We hope to have the pleasure to see you again real soon! More 

Gatineau, Canada
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

We got married in June 2015. We chose the Panaroma room due to its view of the Ottawa Parliament so our guests from out of town could enjoy the setting as much as us. The preliminary meetings with staff from the catering services and museum accomodation staff ( 2 different people) were good. The food tasting was good and well... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
46 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is probably the best museum in the Ottawa area. There is a range of special exhibits as well as a Children's Museum and IMAX theatre. Beautiful grounds and view and the building itself is spectacular

Was this review helpful? Yes
Gatineau, Canada
Level Contributor
71 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I am a Gatineau resident and, as such, the Cdn Museum of History is in my neighborhood. Sometimes, I tend to forget it is there and accessible but every time I go, I am always amazed at its architectural beauty and the treasures it houses. My friend and I visited the Magna Carta exposition, an 800 year old document that... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
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. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the... More 

Neepawa, Canada
Level Contributor
50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I have loved this Museum since first visiting Ottawa in the early 1990s. It is a one-of-a-kind must-do experience for the impressive architecture and setting alone. Be sure to look way up at the north end of the Grand Hall — shaped like a massive canoe —to witness a marvelous kaleidoscope of colour in the ceiling art installation. Outside, is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

a place you can not miss when you visit ottawa. it can show you what happens and introduce you more about the history of canada. fantastic expeirence. near the river.

Was this review helpful? Yes
St. John's, Canada
Level Contributor
28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This museum is shameful. A Canadian place, dedicated to the First Nations lacks depth, to truly honour the cultures. The exhibits are for the most part, so poorly lite. That, to read any of the explanations was a struggle, the remaining I could not read. From what I know of the First Nations, their history spans thousands of years and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Canadian Museum of History also viewed

Gatineau, Outaouais Region
 

Been to Canadian Museum of History? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Canadian Museum of History

Address: Address: 100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8, Canada
Phone Number: +1 819-776-7000
Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Outaouais Region  >  Gatineau
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Canadian Museum of History and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Canadian Museum of History staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?