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Canadian Museum of History

100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8, Canada
+1 819-776-7000
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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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  • Average9%
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8, Canada
+1 819-776-7000
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Reviewed yesterday

Visiting this museum was terrific and we barely scratched the surface! There are many exhibits here, so I imagine it would take several visits to take everything in. The hockey exhibit was especially fun and I appreciated all the interactive components of the museum, which...More

Thank livinginHalifax
Reviewed yesterday

If you want to know all about Canadian history - this is the place for you. We only had a few hours to visit, but it was well worth it. Outside - they also offer the best views of Ottawa and we took some great...More

Thank DetailsNC
Reviewed yesterday

This new exposition about Canadian history is quite impressive. The movie is particularly nice because it is a skillful visual presentation of Canada. We are going to return an other day because we didn't have enough time to visit everything.

Thank monique b
Reviewed 2 days ago

A fascinating collection of memorabilia depicting life in Canada in the early days. The First Nations display is beautifully done highlighting some of the masterful works of carvings by famous Natives. One can walk through the rooms and get a feeling of native life with...More

Thank anniekelowna
Reviewed 2 days ago

I had a chance to see this exhibit twice while in Ottawa. Definitely worth the visit - carefully curated, wonderful photos and artifacts... it was incredibly interesting; this was a highlight of my trip!

Thank Michelle F
Reviewed 3 days ago

This museum is first-rate. We visited at least a dozen museums on our trip through eastern Canada, and this one was by far our favorite. It gives a thorough overview of Canadian history from prehistoric times through the present day. The rooms are set up...More

Thank Mjsnow
Reviewed 3 days ago

Amazing museum, fun for the whole family, clean, easy park underneath, and walkable about the city. Do the Mosaicanada first and this Museum after, nice and cool on a warm summer day.

1  Thank Barbara G
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a museum that my family visited often. As my children have grown up, I had not been back for a few years, but I could not wait to take our out-of-town visitors. I am heartbroken that they have completely destroyed the "walk through...More

Thank Reid_Louise14
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I was blown away by the quality and quantity of artifacts. The building itself is architecturally fascinating, made of curves. The Great Hall is breathtaking, about three or four stories high. Plan for several hours of looking.

Thank ChelseaNP1
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a beautiful museum inside and out. There are lots of hands on displays to help appreciate the displays all throughout. It is well laid out and all the displays are well marked. We came intending to spend a few hours and that turned...More

Thank Dale H
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Jack L
10 June 2017|
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Response from paritala k | Reviewed this property |
Underground parking. I think we paid $13 to stay there all day.
12 February 2017|
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Response from Stephanie F | Property representative |
Hello, indeed you can easily spend the entire day in the Museum! We usually recommend at least 3 hours to have time to see the permanent and special exhibitions, and catch a movie at CINÉ+. Visit our website for ongoing... More
13 August 2016|
Response from 4570Govt | Reviewed this property |
It's hidden on the lower level, tucked in a corner past all the other food concessions... you really have to look for it!