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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 June 10, 2013

We only had a few hours before our flight and chose to spend them at the Canadian Museum of Civilization; we were glad we did. The Voodoo exhibit (temporary) is facinating and very informative. I only wish we had a few more hours so we could have enjoyed more of what this fine museum has to offer.

Thank CalgaryTim
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

I focused on the exhibits related to native peoples. The displays were excellent with lots of variety in cultures from tribes across the country. There are reproductions of housing, many artifacts (tools, clothing, toys, household goods, canoes) and some videos. Two of my favorite stops were the theater with animated Indian myths and the booth where you listen to fables. It ends with a look at contemporary Indian culture.

The Canada Hall is well worth visiting. The approach to the display has you walking through history with partial buildings and ships. It's more interesting than just looking at display cases. You walk through parts of a cargo ship, a fishery, a fur trading camp, a village, etc. These exhibits trace the settlement and development of Canada so it's a nice historical perspective.

Thank Ladira
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

Will be changed to the history museum soon, see it before it's gone! Classic exhibits with a few refreshing changes. The Vodoo exhibit was very eerie though.

Thank Mark O
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Stephanie F, Tourism and Marketing Officer at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2013

Thank you Svrmatric for your comment and good rating of our museum. Rest assured the Museum you know and like is not going anywhere!

The Canadian Museum of Civilization is becoming the Canadian Museum of History and will provide Canadians with a national museum that tells their story and shares their treasures with the world. We will continue to present outstanding temporary exhibitions that illuminate world history and cultures and will continue to house the popular Canadian Children’s Museum and IMAX® Theatre.

The Museum will remain open throughout its transition and you are welcome to come back anytime. Opening in 2017, the new, largest and most comprehensive exhibition on Canadian history ever developed, will explore and present the stories, people and experiences that have shaped our country, including the remarkable history of Canada’s First Peoples, whose history will also continue to be presented in the First Peoples Hall and the Grand Hall.

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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Of all the museums I've ever visited, this ranks among the finest. I wish I'd had more than the 3 hours alloted our group. By beginning in Canadian People's Hall, you trace their history through 200 years. The structure and detail are amazing. You actually feel as if you are walking the streets of early Canada. A bit of added sound would give it even more of a "real" feel. I could go on and on, but suffice to say this SHOULD be a planned stop on anyone's vacation in Canada.

Thank Travelingal702
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is a world-class museum just across the Ottawa River from Ottawa, Ontario. I spent 2 hours in just one exhibit, the Canada Exhibit. It was so well put together that I just couldn't pull myself away from it. Everything seemed so real. The exhibits were put together so as to envelope you in history. They tug at your learning strings and beg you to learn more. There are other exhibits that are great as well, but I particularly liked the Canada Exhibit.

Thank rroberts41
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