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Gatineau: Canadian Museum of History Admission

1. Gatineau: Canadian Museum of History Admission

The Canadian Museum of History is Canada’s national museum of human history. Located in Gatineau, Quebec, along the scenic riverfront across from Parliament Hill, the Museum is housed in an iconic building designed by Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal. The Museum is one of Canada’s most popular cultural institutions, with a collection of more than 4 million items — including archaeological material, cultural objects, works of art, documents, and audiovisual material. In collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, the Museum shares the stories of the resilience and diversity of Indigenous cultures and histories across Canada. The Museum has the world’s largest indoor display of monumental poles, six traditional Native house fronts arranged in the shape of a 19th-century Northwest Coast village, contemporary works of Indigenous art, and a gallery dedicated to the achievements and traditions of Indigenous Peoples. The Museum is also home to the popular Canadian History Hall — a stunning showcase that provides access to 15,000 years of social history through personal stories and 1,500 authentic artifacts, many of which are national treasures. The Museum’s exhibitions examine the events, personalities and cultures that have shaped Canada. Sharing stories through multiple perspectives and voices, the Museum celebrates Canadian achievements while also exploring some of the country’s darker chapters. The Museum is also a destination of choice for major international exhibitions, which are often produced in partnership with the world’s most renowned institutions. In addition, you can explore the world through play with your children at the Canadian Children’s Museum and watch an inspiring, larger-than-life documentary films at Ciné+.

Ottawa City Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Walking Tour

2. Ottawa City Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Walking Tour

Explore Ottowa at your own pace with this scavenger hunt (mobile web-based). Stroll past famous sites like the Canadian Museum of History and the ByWard Market, and learn all about them through our mobile website's personalized instructions and directions. Complete fun challenges along the way, collecting points as you go. Begin by converting your purchase on our website ( instructions are sent to you post-purchase by messaging and text. Next, go to the starting point in front of the Government Conference Center. Head out on your walk, and begin solving riddles and puzzles to unlock your next destination and learn about each site on the way. Make stops at Chateau Laurier, the Supreme Court, Byward Market, and, of course, the Parliament Hill. Learn a little history about the sites as you complete mini-challenges. Take as little or as much time as you like at each stop. Visit a total of 36 locations.

Gatineau self-guided walking tour and scavenger hunt

3. Gatineau self-guided walking tour and scavenger hunt

Are you looking for what to do in Gatineau? A stroll through the Hull sector is an opportunity to learn about its history and discover all its attractions. You will have to solve challenges at each step to know your next destination. Walk from the Maison du Citoyen to Jacques-Cartier Park, passing by the Canadian Children’s Museums and History Museum, as well as Fontaine Park, several monuments, and other sites. You will have fun taking on challenges. The Gatineau Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 3.1 km/1.9 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you 2 hours to complete. - A fun learning experience - Learn some local history - Challenge your knowledge: 24 varied challenges - Fun for all ages, kids included - Walk at your own pace: 3.1 km/1.9 mi - Take as little time or as much time as you wish to complete your activity One Tourist Scavenger Hunt is valid for a group of up to 6 people.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 71 reviews

Arrived around 12:45, grabbed a small bite and started our tour immediately. When we announced on the microphone that the Museum was closing in 15 minutes, we were surprised how quickly the time had passed. Luckily we had seen everything but we would have appreciated a little more time. The next visit we will go earlier or we will go when the museum closes later.

Very emotional experience in learning the dark history of Canada's indigenous population being persecuted and oppressed, which still is ongoing today. But the overall, museum experience was fantastic in every way and suitable for all ages, also very good value for money.

It was wonderful experience at the museum. It’s really big and you have to walk a lot but the best things they have seating arrangements at several places in the museum where you can relax take some rest and again you can continue.

The museum and staff was amazing Allow yourself a full day to really experience this fabulous journey thru history Thank you all for all your expertise in making this possible

Great museum with fascinating displays. Totem poles alone are worth the visit, but there is a great display of Canadian history.