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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%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8, Canada
+1 819-776-7000
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Reviewed yesterday

This was a fascinating look into the history of the native aboriginal people of Canada. The museum takes you on journey back in time, looking at their culture and colourful lives.

Thank garyturner900
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Been to this museum a few times over the years -- hoping it would get better. Nope. Nice looking building but save your money and don't bother. Just not worth the money. Probably just us. Just go to the War Museum -- much better --...More

Thank AllanKPB
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went as a family of 4 and everyone found something they enjoyed which is a challenge in most museums. We were fortunately enough to witness a throat singing demonstration in First Nations Hall. And the kids (11 and 13) had a blast in the...More

Thank Sasha E
Reviewed 6 days ago

Coming to Ottawa? Then this is the place for you to visit across the river in Gatineau. Catch the little tub ferry at the bottom of the locks and feel like an early explorer as you cross to the other side. A brand new exhibition...More

Thank MChristine72
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great museum. Loved to see all the totem poles and other exhibits from native people - as a Brit it's something I know next to nothing about so it was very interesting and informative. There was also a hockey exhibition on, which I went to...More

Thank RachelN76
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to the museum and were impressed with their collection from the indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest. They have been able to recover many artifacts that date back almost 5000 years that would otherwise have been lost due to the wet conditions. Very...More

1  Thank Michael N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Frankly talk about disorganized, first off they made us wait outside 20 min then another 40 min inside, you would think with a big group they would be better organized. Enjoyed their private exhibitions , as for the museum.. Empty, it take 20 min to...More

Thank Patricia W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic permanent exposition. Artefacts are in great shapes. The history is well writen. The architecture of the museum is great. Right now they also have a non permanent exposition on hockey. I had a really good time viditing this museum.

Thank France T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited here in May 2002 so its been a while. It is so interesting. Many exhibits to see - largest collection of totem poles, large amount of native artifacts from homes, clothing all the way to cooking/fishing items, stamp collecting, children's area filled with...More

Thank FrostyRoyal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent exhibits on Hockey, the Immigrant Experience, and Canada of 1867, as well as their extensive permanent exhibit on the First Nations People of Canada. Beautiful and meaningful.

Thank RoPhDoFr
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Jack L
An aerial view shows no parking lot. Is there underground parking? Where is the best place to park.
10 June 2017|
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Response from Rye13 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, that have underground parking on-site. $2.50 per half hour. Depending on the day/time you visit, and if you're ok with a bit of a walk, you can usually find parking on some of the nearby streets too. We like the... More
DH and I are trying to set an itinerary for a one-day visit to the NCR. How much time do you recommend we set aside for a visit to the Cdn Museum of History?
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
Where is the Beavertails?
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!