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Canadian Museum of History

At this museum, one of the most visited in Canada, discover the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped the nation’s history.

The Canadian Museum of History is one of Ottawa’s architectural and cultural jewels. See its magnificent Grand Hall and impressive collection of Canadian cultural treasures.

From a prime spot along the Ottawa River, the museum offers breathtaking views. Study the museum’s exterior design representing four natural features of the region: the Canadian Shield, glaciers, streams formed by melting glacial ice and the Great Plains.

Visit the spectacular Grand Hall with a six-story curved wall of windows overlooking Parliament Hill and an equally impressive interior space. Get familiar with the history, cultures and beliefs of the First Peoples of Canada’s Pacific Coast.

In the First Peoples Hall, celebrate the history, diversity, creativity, resourcefulness and endurance of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. 

View engaging and interactive exhibits in the new Canadian History Hall. Discover Canada’s story, from the end of the last Ice Age to the present. Displays highlight important events, experiences, people and artifacts. The opening on July 1, 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. 

Send youngsters with their museum passports to the Canadian Children’s Museum to discover incredible destinations. Visit the International Village, trek to a desert pyramid, jaunt to the Port of Entry to help unload a cargo ship or stroll through the bustling Market Bazaar.

See a stunning film in the IMAX® Theatre which features an IMAX® 3-D screen and a unique dome theater. Learn about history, culture, adventure and nature.

Allow up to a full day to explore the 1-million-square-foot (100,000-square-meter) space. Between 1 and 3 percent of the museum’s more than 4.2 million artifacts are displayed in numerous exhibits. Past guests have included U.S. Presidents G.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

The Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau is open daily, with hours varying between the seasons. Pay one admission to access all permanent and special exhibits. The IMAX Theatre is an additional charge. Check the website to determine what events are scheduled during your visit. Use free on-site parking. Cross the river to visit the Canadian War Museum as well.

Give yourself heaps of time at Canadian Museum of History. Here are some of the most popular activities:

Taken you years to experience this fantastic attraction? Then you mustn't head back home without trying a Canadian Museum of History.

Peruse our Gatineau things to do page to find more activities while you're here.


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100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National War Memorial, Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill. Rideau Canal is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

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    Fairmont Chateau Laurier

    1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Ottawa, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National War Memorial, Shaw Centre, and National Arts Centre. Byward Market Square and Parliament Hill are also within 10 minutes.

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      Capital Hill Hotel and Suites

      Capital Hill Hotel and Suites

      88 Albert St, Ottawa, ON
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Ottawa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Arts Centre, Parliament Hill and Rideau Centre. Byward Market Square and Shaw Centre are also within 15 minutes.

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        Four Points By Sheraton Gatineau-Ottawa

        Four Points By Sheraton Gatineau-Ottawa

        35 rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt

          Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt

          325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Ottawa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Byward Market Square, Shaw Centre and National Gallery of Canada. Parliament Hill and University of Ottawa are also within 15 minutes.

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            Ottawa Marriott Hotel

            Ottawa Marriott Hotel

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              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Albert At Bay Suite Hotel

              Albert At Bay Suite Hotel

              435 Albert St, Ottawa, ON
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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                The Business Inn

                The Business Inn

                180 MacLaren Street, Ottawa, ON
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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