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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
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Thu 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Spent an entire day there and still did not see all of the amazing exhibits a "must see". Traveled with the family and was enjoyed by all

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Michael M
St. Catharines, Canada
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St. Catharines, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Spent an entire day there and still did not see all of the amazing exhibits a "must see". Traveled with the family and was enjoyed by all

Thank Michael M
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A treasure just across the bridge in Hull. Some of the main exhibits are currently under construction for Canada 2017, but still a great spot for the kids - the Children's Museum is a favourite place to 'see the world', make some crafts, and burn off some steam. Take a break and have lunch outside on the patio or at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The variety of expositions is wonderful. We go almost every week. There are things for every age group.

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A wonderfull building with large places and rooms. Everything was new for us (we're french) and learnt a lot there Interestings rooms about Native Nations and others (nice places for kids). We made 2 others exhibitions : on Napoleon and Paris (but we already knew quite a bit 😜) and another on gold fever in the western canada. The 2nd... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I used to *love* going to the Museum of History, when it was known as the Museum of Civilization. My favourite was the Canada Hall, depicting life in the early days of Canada. It would have been nice of them to post something or tell us as we were buying tickets that half of the museum, the Canada Hall, was... More 

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Edmonton, AB
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you have children you must venture across the bridge from Ottawa and come here. The children's museum is interactive and entertaining as they must use a passport to explore various countries and customs. It is very entertaining and one could spend a whole day here with their kids. The rest of the museum is well done too, with many... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As 20 year olds we thoroughly enjoyed the children's exhibit. It was the best part of the museum! We saw a movie about flight as well which was interesting. The rest of the museum was a bit dull.

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Markham, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had visited before and really enjoyed the history of Canada exhibits on the third floor so we were very disappointed that this area is currently closed. We did enjoy the special exhibit on Napoleon (though not Canadian) and the displays of west coast aboriginal artwork and artifacts which represent a glimpse of our collective heritage as a country. Hopefully... More 

Thank Valerie F
Barrie, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum is large and on beautiful grounds that can be enjoyed while visiting. The museum is huge with many exhibits for people to see. The highlight for my family of 3 kids aged 3,7 and 10 was visiting the Children's Museum. It is a really fun, interactive place to play and learn. The rest of the museum held little... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went there with tourists expecting to learn about Canada history. Only the section on the B-C first nation was opened. Very nice by e way, very impressive as well as the temporary exhibit on the gold rush...The third floor section on the real history of Canada is closed until 2017 !!! The flyer says, your Canada, your history, your... More 

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