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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 - 5:00 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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Many museums in one!

The museum has several other small museums. Like Children's museum, stamp museum, war museum all in one. Spent all day at the museums. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum has several other small museums. Like Children's museum, stamp museum, war museum all in one. Spent all day at the museums. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to go slow and read everything as we visited Ottawa just for 2 days as tourists. One of the top attractions. Must visit! Ticket prices are very affordable. $15 per... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were so impressed by the history of the native peoples of Canada. Their stories around and under the artifacts were moving. The totem poles were spectacular. The only suggestion I would make is to pick a time to visit when there are fewer school visits. (We were there toward the end of the school year.)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Highly educational exhibit on the first people of Canada, their industry and creativity in surviving harsh winters and the challenges of colonialism. Exquisite exhibition of totem poles with complete descriptions of their meanings and placements throughout Canada. The museum also displays the impacts of the cultural clashes on the first people. All is not settled, but there is strong sense... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Super experience to visit, exceptionnal site, just in front of the Canadian Parliament Plus IMAX theater

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I think we spent more time in the temporary exhibits than in the main. The sleighs, gold and Napoleon (which put Canada in a global context) were fascinating. The architecture of the building is part of the appeal. There is a gift shop, a bistro and a cafeteria, with outdoor seating along the river.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

And the title sums it up really. A fantastic building, a great space and there really is is a great deal of space, but the contents - not so great. I don't know how long it's been open, but you can't help but feel that it may be better in a couple of years. The top floor will have a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Did the 3D cinema experience (45 minutes) which was great and that really turned out to be one of the highlights of this visit. It's true that the other expositions were interesting (Napoleon, Gold Rush, First People, etc) but it would not have been the same without the cinema.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great surrounding, architecture, multicultural exhibitions, knowledgeable staff, hands on experience! Great much go while visiting Ottawa

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The largest portion of this museum is a very large Totem Pole display and some excellent displays in mock wood huts of artifacts and costumes from the original settlers of the area, Indians. Great for Adults and they have a large area devoted to a Children's museum that we did not go into, but I saw a lot of kids... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great museum, but the temporary exibits were better. Make sure if you are going to War Museum to bundle the two to save money.

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