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.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Canadian Museum of History

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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
Open 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
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 In Advance
More Info
$20*
and up
Ottawa River Historic Sightseeing Cruise
More Info
$36*
and up
Montreal to Ottawa Day Trip

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,284 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 524
    Excellent
  • 227
    Very good
  • 96
    Average
  • 50
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Excellent in so many ways!

A wonderful exhibit for children in the Children Museum. An awesome movie at the Cine+ (aka IMAX). The place is simply so nice, so Canadian and so well organized. Surrounded by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Andre S
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

1,284 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 913: English reviews
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very nice museum, beautiful view on the parliament, amazing building but awful, rude and unfriendly staff at the ticket counter and cafeteria. Mediocre food.

Helpful?
Thank Pascal C
Level Contributor
44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A wonderful exhibit for children in the Children Museum. An awesome movie at the Cine+ (aka IMAX). The place is simply so nice, so Canadian and so well organized. Surrounded by people speaking so many languages...this is Canada at its best. Highly recommend!!

Helpful?
Thank Andre S
London
Level Contributor
21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were a little nervous visiting as we'd seen reviews saying that currently a large portion was shut. However a waitress said she'd visited recently and most was still open. So we decided to take a chance and visit. The building itself is great, coming from the UK where many museums have to be dovetailed into historic buildings (such as... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank CapitAl189
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
59 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I live in Ottawa and I don't take too much advantage of this museum. This summer I went a couple of times since I was not able to finish going through all the wonderful exhibits. There is much to see! After the museum closed, my partner and I explored the grounds. The path faces the Parliament on the other side... More 

Helpful?
Thank quelinda2015
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had an event at the museum and had the opportunity to tour it as well. Great place to visit. I highly recommend.

Helpful?
Thank VancouverTeddy
Canada
Level Contributor
25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I always love to go there. This time was to see the Africa Wilderness movie at IMAX. I also stopped at the boutique. They now have a nice bistro and a coffee shop. There is something for all. Arts, movie, food and shopping!

Helpful?
Thank Cloranger
Montreal, Canada
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The children's museum is inside the history museum and it's so interactive. Even grown ups will want to play. I brought my twin 9 year olds here for the second time. The first time we came they were about 4-5 and it seemed to be the perfect age but really it's for age..from little tots to tweens. They have these... More 

Helpful?
Thank crawthetraveler
Perth, ON
Level Contributor
33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great exhibits but couldn't really be enjoyed because there were so many people around. It would have been fine if staff enforced rules and etiquette. For example my 2-year-old waited in line patiently for his turn operating the boat crane. An older kid pushed him out of the way and the staff member didn't say anything and just let the... More 

Helpful?
Thank Queensjad
Switzerland
Level Contributor
40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Located just across from Ottawa. Not just for a rainy day this museum has super special exhibitions - we went to Napoleon and Gold. Can be complemented with IMAX movies but also without there is tons to see at reasonable prices for families.

Helpful?
Thank Bruno_8882014
Allentown, PA
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though the museum is undergoing renovations, it's worth a visit. Although I would have liked to have had an all-encompassing view of Canadian History, there were a lot of worth-while exhibits to see. Once the renovations are done, I'm sure it will be even better!

Helpful?
Thank clcphsac

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

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Canadian Museum of History and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
Arnprior, Canada
14 days ago
Hamilton, Ontario
over a year ago

See all questions (4)

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?