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Canadian Museum of History

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Address: 100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8, Canada
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+1 819-776-7000
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09:30 - 17:00
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Thu 09:30 - 20:00
Fri - Wed 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Fascinating and well laid out

Being new to Canada, we have a lot to learn. The museum is large, interactive, with a theatre, restaurant and plenty of parking. Museums are free Thursdays after 4. Family... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Sao Leopoldo, RS
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Sao Leopoldo, RS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Being new to Canada, we have a lot to learn. The museum is large, interactive, with a theatre, restaurant and plenty of parking. Museums are free Thursdays after 4. Family friendly and a fantastic history of First Peoples.

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Toronto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited the museum on a Monday morning and enjoyed it as it was not very busy. We visited the following exhibits: hockey, first people's hall, the grand hall, and the children's museum. Although I enjoyed the museum I felt that there was a large part of Canadian history missing. Non the less it was worth the visit.

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Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit. We are currently working on a new signature exhibition, the Canadian History Hall, opening July 1, 2017. Occupying more than 40,000 square feet, the Hall traces Canada’s history from the dawn of human habitation to the present day. Through authentic artifacts and fascinating stories, visitors come... More 

Oro Station, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the second time I’ve visited this museum and enjoyed it more than before. From prehistoric to present day, the insight provided about all aspects of our first nations peoples was interesting and enjoyable. There is enough information available to satisfy the more inquisitive minds and laid out in such a way the those visually dependent can flow through... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The kids village is awesome. Children love it! Don't miss the tour about the Natives! And it's free on Thursdays nights.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Your first vist will impress you. And you'll even enjoy the subsequent visits. I like the way the exhibits have been laid out. And it is free on Thursday evenings!

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Thank Hunter k
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to a lot of museums and sadly this one was kind of boring. There weren't a lot of exhibits and many of the rooms were almost empty. If you're looking for a good museum about Canadian History this unfortunately isn't it.

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Thank Penny H
Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian Museum of History, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We are sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit. We are currently working on our new signature exhibition, the Canadian History Hall. Occupying more than 40,000 square feet, the Hall traces Canada’s history from the dawn of human habitation to the present day. Through authentic artifacts and fascinating stories, visitors come face to... More 

Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is huge so you either have to pace yourself and come for multiple visits, or skim over everything. Cine+ is fun, not quite as big as imax, but bigger than your average theatre.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a disappointing (and expensive) visit to this museum. Price of admission seems reasonable until you realize that there is only about 20 minutes worth of exhibits to visit. The Children's Museum is fantastic if you have very young children (max 8 years old). Anything older that than and you will be BORED. Visited the exhibits about Horse Power, Hockey,... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the museum with my granddaughters and their parents on Family Day. It was crowded of course as was expected but the children loved it . The only issue here is the cost of the day. Visiting a museum in Ottawa is definitely very expensive, certainly not for low income families. It cost $14 to park, $68 to get... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So much to see, I specially enjoyed the second floor exhibits.....go see, I want to keep you in suspense.

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