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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.


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Fairmont Chateau Laurier

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.

    Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt CA $108
    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.

      Arc The Hotel CA $110
      Arc The Hotel

      Arc The Hotel

      140 Slater 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 Arts Centre, Parliament Hill, and Rideau Centre. Byward Market Square and Shaw Centre are also within 15 minutes. Bayview Station is 30 minutes by foot.

        Four Points By Sheraton Gatineau-Ottawa CA $92
        Four Points By Sheraton Gatineau-Ottawa

        Four Points By Sheraton Gatineau-Ottawa

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

          Located in Hull, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canadian Museum of History and Jacques Cartier Park. National Gallery of Canada and Byward Market Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          The Westin Ottawa CA $149
          The Westin Ottawa

          The Westin Ottawa

          11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Centre, Byward Market Square and Parliament Hill. University of Ottawa and Canadian Museum of History are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Best Western Plus Gatineau-Ottawa Downtown CA $105
            Best Western Plus Gatineau-Ottawa Downtown

            Best Western Plus Gatineau-Ottawa Downtown

            131 Rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Hull, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jacques Cartier Park and Canadian Museum of History. Maison du velo and National Gallery of Canada are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Ottawa Marriott Hotel CA $119
              Ottawa Marriott Hotel

              Ottawa Marriott Hotel

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

                This family-friendly Ottawa hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Currency Museum and Parliament Hill. National Arts Centre and Shaw Centre are also within 15 minutes. Bayview Station is 26 minutes by foot.

                Days Inn by Wyndham Ottawa CA $80
                Days Inn by Wyndham Ottawa

                Days Inn by Wyndham Ottawa

                319 Rideau St, King Edward and Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Lowertown, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ottawa Art Gallery, Byward Market Square and University of Ottawa. Rideau Centre and Shaw Centre are also within 15 minutes.