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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+.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 85 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.