Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau

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Established in 1856, Canadian Museum of History is one of the oldest museums in North America. Designed by architect Douglas Cardinal, the museum preserves more than 20,000 years of Canadian history and anthropology. Discover a vast range of exhibits showcasing events from aboriginal period and colonial era, as well as the modern Canadian nation and its diverse cultures. See the largest color photograph in the world, enjoy the view of the river and Parliament Hill from the Grand Hall, and immerse yourself in the rich history that has shaped Canada into the country it is today. To visit Canadian Museum of History and other attractions in Gatineau, use our Gatineau road trip site .
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  • I loved it. Opened on June 29, 1989, the Canadian Museum of History is the work of celebrated Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal. The structure draws its inspiration from how Canada must have looked ...  more »
  • The children's Museum is really worth to be visited with children 3 to 8 years. It's a tour of the world through games. Very well constructed and informative even for parents.
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  • This has long been a favourite of our family, and we were thrilled to visit for the first time following the major renovations. It is still a favourite, but not quite as awesome as before. We found th...  more »
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  • Absolutely awesome meal at the bistro, amazing staff. Coming from New Brunswick the museum was absolutely huge and we didn't have enough time to go through it all. The Children's Museum reminded me of Main Street Disney and kids running around thrilled with all the interactive activities, getting their passports stamped and seeing different cultures. If we lived here we'd have a membership and spend a lot of time visiting. Hope to come back again someday, very proud to be Canadian.
  • This is a magnificent museum. I spent an entire day in the First Nation's exhibit that is almost the entire first floor. Never really completed seeing everything. We certainly plan a return visit to complete that exhibit and have a look at others, this time we will plan a full weekend but still do not expect to be able to see it all. They have quite a lunch bar but I hate to rate it as they we were almost the last client we were there so there were in closing mode, that said they looked after us with a smile.
  • I have been here countless times I love our Canadian military history and this Museum captures a significant amount of its history and artifacts. The staff have a wealth of knowledge of Canadian military history and are very friendly and approachable. Family and friends that come out of town the Canadian military museum has always been a must-visit while in Ottawa. Highly recommended guaranteed will be impressed.
  • As a parent with young children, the Children's Museum is one of my go-tos with the kids. Easily will keep kids busy for a full day (if you've got the energy to keep up). The History Museum itself is full of great exhibits and regularly has travelling exhibits to keep things fresh. Feeling lucky to live in a city with so many great museums.
  • The displays were nice but the information was lacking and it was hard to find English on most of the signs. They took the village exhibit away upstairs which I thought was the best part and the descriptions of the artifacts are very very vague. Has gone downhill considerably since the renovations. 2 out of 5 stars. The museum of science and technology is much better

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