Canadian Children's Museum
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Canadian Children's Museum

Canadian Children's Museum
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Located within the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization) Hands on adventure! The Canadian Children's Museum is one of the most popular attractions at the Canadian Museum of History, and has been since it opened its doors in 1989. Passports in hand, visitors discover one incredible destination after another. Whether on a visit to homes in the International Village, a trek to a desert pyramid, a jaunt to the Port of Entry to help unload a cargo ship, or a stroll through the bustling Market Bazaar, visitors encounter endless ways to learn about the world and one another. A world of discovery where parents have as much fun as their kids!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Natalie D
Toronto3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Great interactive place for kids to have fun and learn. Lots to explore and great way to spend 2-3hrs. You also have access to thw other museum attached so plan more time if you want to do both.
Written July 21, 2023
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DebRussell49
Carman, Canada120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Visited with my 2 year old granddaughter. A wonderful experience. So many different areas and cultures to explore. Lots to do for littles and older children as well. Lovely that it is also connected to the History Museum. The grand hall was amazing
Written December 2, 2022
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MariaS33
Kingston, Ontario8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have made several trips to the Children's Museum, and our son loves the place. He is 3 and loves being able to play and run and make as much noise as he wants. It is a completely interactive experience for your kids, and allows them to "travel" to many different parts of the world. It is colourful and there are many opportunities for great pictures of the family. Another highlight is that it is located in the Museum of Civilization minutes from downtown Ottawa, so even the adults can enjoy some culture. It is a definite must for families with young children!
Written June 4, 2007
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fobba
Montreal, Canada44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
I spent the afternoon with my 8 yr old son and 3 yr old daughter here.

The kids had a good time jumping in and out of the taxi, bus and car. Playing shopkeeper with the plastic fruit and veg. And being captain and crew on the cargo ship.

I found it a bit eclectic. I thought the deal was that you travel around the world...try the bus from Pakistan, the taxi from Thailand, the kitchen from Mexico, the pyramid from Egypt. But you'd often find yourself trying to find the little blue plaque to tell you where you were and what you were supposed to be looking at.

But that's me. The kids didn't care much, they just played. Which is great. I would have just liked more opportunities to teach them something (and teach me something!). I'm pretty sure my kids would've left with no further knowledge about the world than when they arrived... I tried to tell them what clogs were and that that was a phone box from England. But selling plastic bread to each other was way more captivating!

There's also a cool play room with lots of big (soft) blocks and balls where the kids can let their imagination run and build bases, boats and track.... or whatever they can think of. My kids loved that and spent nearly an hour there.

Some of the exhibits and pieces look a bit worn. Especially those plastic food pieces (grey cheese anyone?). But again, the kids didn't mind.

My only real criticism is the pricing. It's part of the History museum, and there's one flat fee for everything. But my 3 yr old is not much into Canadian history. It would be much better to be able to just purchase a children's museum ticket.

Overall i thought the visit was worth it, but I felt the price was a little high for what we got. I'd probably visit again, but I'd consider carefully depending on budget.

Written July 30, 2017
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Wai_and_Mark
Toronto, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Family
My husband and I visited back in 2008 and had a blast. We decided to visit again in 2016 once we had children. The staff said that 2 hours would be plenty of time, but our toddler could easily have spent 4 hours there playing and exploring.

They don't advertise the Canada's National Museums Passport at the box office, but you can get a pass to visit any 3 of the 6 listed museums for 3 days for $30. This is a great deal if you love museums.
Written November 17, 2016
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Paul-YUL
Montreal, Canada641 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Kids from 2 to 12 will love it, only complaint is too many stations close together so hard for kids to focus, make a deal with the kids: 90 minutes there and then 90 minutes calmly visiting adjoining Civilization Museum, one entry fee covers both...don't forget to buy 9 museum family passport for 85$ all-in
Written June 26, 2011
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Claudio
Ottawa, Canada164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
Think about a funny place. This is what defines the Canadian Children's Museum. Excellent infrastructure, each environment is a trip to a different country. Collect the stamps along the way and take every single minute of your visit to explore all the details of this fantastic museum.
Written April 21, 2019
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Dear Gondoc, Thank you for your comments. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit at the Canadian Children's Museum. We hope to see you and your family again soon! Cheers, Stephanie Fortin Head, Tourism Canadian Museum of History
Written April 23, 2019
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ancas15
185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Business
Have visited this museum so many times with my kids. We can easily spend so many hours and not get bored. The idea of the passport is such an excellent idea.
Written February 28, 2019
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pengemex
Budapest, Hungary1,337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
The only negative things were the high ticket price and the staff member lady walking in her shoes in the caleidoscope shoeless room.
The museum is rather a multicultural playhouse with lots of interactive spots. Really nice, our kids loved it - including the passport to collect stamps from the sites.
Written July 9, 2018
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AllSeasoned_traveler
Toronto, Canada26 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
Was expecting a better experience.

Having been told about the great interactive "Canadian Civilization Museum", I was disappointed by the government forced change to the new name of "Canadian History Museum" for Canada 150.
I feel like it has missed the mark on being a great Canadian museum. The Canadian War museum is a better experience in my opinion.
This museum had much reading, plain boring artifacts behind glass, and limited interactive experiences. No thought into what makes for a good museum experience. I feel like it focused too much on certain aspects of Canadian history and not enough on others.
The Children's part of the museum was a very interactive and nice addition but didn't make sense as it wasn't Canadian.
The price didn't match the experience; however we didn't visit the theatre, so maybe this would have improved the letdown.
It's sad that this renovated museum missed the mark. I would recommend visiting one of the other museums in the Ottawa area.
Written August 23, 2017
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