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

100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8, Canada
+1 819-776-7000
Website
Improve this listing
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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Write a Review

659 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    466
    143
    34
    11
    5
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Hamilton, Canada
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We got a family/combo ticket for this museum and the War museum. Both are excellent museums and you can easily spend a few hours at both. At the museum of History they currently have an exhibition on the Empress of Ireland. I learned so much about this Maritime tragedy. Also, they have a very thorough display on the history of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vermont, USA
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This museum is so full of creativity that it takes my breath away. The architecture of the place itself, is a work of art. The spaces are divided into amazing sections--each with exhibits that warrant total exploration. It is full of "hands on" interactive exhibits for all ages and the extensive collection is absolutely amazing. Save a whole day for... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
33 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Brilliant museum - incredibly well displayed with a lot of interesting information and a very unusual perspective on Canadian History if you are British! We literally stumbled on it by accident and then spent two hours thoroughly enjoying it - well worth a visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
INNISFIL
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Plan to spend all day here. This is an amazing place. Empress of Ireland Exhibit, Snow Exhibit, Northwest Coast Exhibit, The First Peoples Hall and Canada Hall. We didn't even have time to take in the Children's Museum. The Imax is super - we saw D-Day. Awesome, Awesome place.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Canada
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This is my 3rd visit to the museum and still have not seen it all. We even did the free Thursday evening + all day Friday the first time we went. Canada Hall at the top floor is by far my favourite. I particularly enjoy the recreations of town streets, depicting culture in a certain era. I do not tire... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Georgetown, Canada
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The great hall with the totem poles are not to be missed. Very good exhibits of Inuit history and art. Children's museum is super. Very friendly staff. Don't miss this museum

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The purpose of the visit was to see the Empress of Ireland Exhibition, and to also see the vast First Nations Exhibition. Before I say anything further, I will make a suggestion - plan to come twice! The museum is free from 4-8 on a Thursday evening. We are planning to return this coming Thursday to see what we were... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
14 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Philadelphia area
Top Contributor
257 reviews 257 reviews
73 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I enjoyed this museum a lot. The grand hall was very open, giving me a sense of grandeur. The best part about it was the third floor. There are many historic buildings within the museum. They recreated many buildings through Canadian history, as well as large ships! The ceiling of the third floor was lit with a blue light, so... 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

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Canadian Museum of History, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing