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Canadian Museum of History
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Canadian Museum of History
Ranked #4 of 50 things to do in Gatineau
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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 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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Reviewed January 18, 2013

I learned a lot about Canada and its origins! This is a must-see attraction very close to Ottawa, a lot to do, staff is helpful and they are around if you need something and they a big smile in their faces when they talk to you about the Museum! Recommend level 1 and 3 if you don't have too much time
Good souvenir shop....prices a little high, but there's a corner where you can find discounted items! A Second Cup is inside the building so you can have a snack after the long and exciting walk. You can easily spend the whole day there!!

Thank Emjlv
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

We have visited this museum several times on various trips to Ottawa. It is one of the best museums we’ve ever been to, anywhere. The location is amazing, located on the banks of the Ottawa River, opposite Canada’s Parliament buildings. The architecture is stunning - nothing boring about this building!

The Museum has many different sections but start with the Great Hall and the First Nations section with its stunning collection of totem poles and buildings - we were told it would take about 45 minutes to see this part but it was so interesting and well done we finished 2 hours later. Never mind, it was then time to try out the café with its lovely views. The food was priced OK and there was plenty of choice both hot & cold foods.

Next to see after a welcome break for lunch was the history of all those who have moved to Canada. The exhibition starts with the Vikings and then the arrival of huge wooden ships from Europe with the fur traders and on and on - each section fabulously displayed, showing how the migrants changed and created the Canada of today. It’s a real wow.

The Museum also houses temporary exhibitions and an IMAX theatre and for all of you with children an amazing children’s section. The only problem here will be getting the kids out again! As adults, you can enter like we did by being kids at heart! To the Curators of this Museum I can only say THANK YOU for a fantastic museum! To all visitors - don’t miss this one!

Thank Mike S
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

As a former Ottawa resident, I have visited the museum no fewer than a dozen times. On every occasion which I visited there was something new and unique which was unseen by me during previous visits. From the native canadians to the French and English explorers, every exhibit was top notch. But what really impressed me was the curved architecture of its facade and the picturesque views of the Ottawa river and the city skyline which can be seen from the museum, for a deep insight into Canadian history it is a must see when visiting Ottawa!

Thank Qu C
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

I go often both for exhibitions, receptions and event - but still have not been the whole way round. The building itself is a joy.

Thank Susan R
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Always interesting subjects (voodou, bog people, ...). My fave museum in the Outaouais/Ottawa region

Thank Highp
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