Canadian Museum of History
Canadian Museum of History
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Experience Canada’s history in exciting new ways. The Canadian Museum of History is a destination of choice in the National Capital Region. An architectural jewel designed by Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal, the Museum is less than five minutes from downtown Ottawa and Parliament Hill. Explore Canada’s rich history and the outstanding achievements of First Peoples. Marvel at the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles. The Canadian History Hall, our signature exhibition, will let you discover the events, personalities and historical currents that have shaped Canada — from time immemorial to the present day.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Joseph C
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is probably one of the best museums I've visited! The museum has four floors, each with different themes. It has a vast collection and information about aboriginal people as well as the history of Canadian Royals, the colonists, and the modernization of Canada. I was surprised that I spent two hours on just the first floor alone (the aboriginal). Unfortunately, I had to speed through the rest of the floors since I was in a rush. It also seems like a great place for kids since there's a floor/section dedicated to kids. Scattered throughout the museum are also audio recordings, videos, short films, and games to interact with. So if you take your time like I did, I'm sure you'll spend a whole day there.
Written 7 June 2024
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Marbles20
Calgary, Canada268 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Contains the complete history of Canada from the First Peoples to today. The museum is laid out well moving from early to modern times.

A few notes:

Some displays are more interesting than others. Kids will find some sections tie into what they are studying in school but then the rest will lose their attention as there is ALOT of “stuff”.

Some items are just on display with very little info - it loses your attention quickly.

Some items do not contain enough info (the first floor First People’s artifacts often have little or no explanation).
Some overlap with War Museum - we found some quite repetitive.

Overall we recommend it but if detailed museums aren’t your thing just pick areas of interest and focus on those. Trying to do it all is too much…it starts blending together as the artifacts are just one after another and displays vary in the level of presentation.
Written 24 May 2024
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runningwild32
united kingdom322 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
There is great amount of history which is very well laid out. For someone who has no knowledge of Canadian history, the volume of information will need more than one visit if you wished to gain a deeper understanding. Having said that, the layout and clarity of information allows for a clear oversight on one visit. What is impressive is that all artefacts appears be be very well preserved and not looking tired.
Written 23 May 2024
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,829 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Bus #15 ($3 senior rate, coins needed, no change given) has a stop right at the entrance which was so convenient to use. Coat check is free with personnel in attendance. Cafe has several stations like grilled food ($12 for perioges), soup stations ($7-8 for a cup), cold sandwiches and salads location ($10), drinks and sweets. Tickets were readily available at the door in early May so no need to buy ahead of time, online.

The museum has 3 different levels each presenting an important aspect of Canadian history, chronologically. The main floor - entrance level - has an area for special presentations. Its title in early May, " Early Royals in Europe" was misleading for me as the display wasn't about Western royalty but about highly esteemed people from Eastern Europe (Romania and Bulgaria) and Grecian areas whose jewellery (very good workmanship of gold), weapons, and pottery had been found in their graves. The main floor also offers films in a theater which we didn't leave time for and a display area of interest to children.

The displays at ground level focus on BC's Pacific Coast natives (old totem poles, fronts of housing, many many carved and painted old masks, modern carvings and jewellery including some by Bill Ried). Level 2 displays focus on Early and Colonial Canada. Level 3 displays focus on Modern Canada. There is plenty of staff circulating the levels should one want information on the location of a display on a certain issue in Canadian history. It would be difficult to devote just 1 hour per level - at least for me. We spent all day at this modern, informative museum - one of THE attractions to visit in Ottawa.

All displays were interestingly presented and briefly explained with numerous bilingual nformation boards and the expected labelling. The lower Level with its focus on BC's Pacific Coast natives occupied our interest for the longest time with its magnificent display of tall old totem poles erected in front of this native housing which were built by the various native tribes represented in the display. However, the display doesn't show how the natives used the interior space of their housing. This space is given to shelving with displays of native skills in carving masks of various sizes - from small to spectacular. In front of the housing entrances, besides the totem poles, was a display of a potlatch platform, a rack for drying fish (the small oolichan fish), and a rock pool. The employee at this display was a good source of information about these exterior displays, especially about the one native house that had a most unusual exterior. Level 1 also had a room set aside to show a collection of Canadian stamps from Victorian to present times which was easy to just stroll through.

Levels 2 and 3 showcased political issues in Canadian history. Probably I found Level 2 the most interesting and time consuming with its focus on Early and Colonial Canada. The issues for Modern Canada included topics like the FLQ crisis (see P. Trudeau giving his famous "watch me speech), Canada's Constituion and Meech Lake Accord, design of the Canadian Flag, Residential Schools and their long lasting effects on the pupils (videos of interviews of now elderly native women) with some social/cultural displays as well (Justin Blieber gets a mention, for example).

We thought our time well spent at this museum.
Written 20 May 2024
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Sarah Z
Exeter, UK224 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Came a few years ago when thus was known as the civilization museum, quite a few changes since then. Some really good exhibits but no rhyme or reason to how you move around so you find yourself unable to follow the timeline. Staff very knowledgeable and helpful. Don't use the second cup Cafe though, so expensive for pretty awful fare.
Written 26 December 2023
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Shane B
Brisbane Region, Australia56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This is a fantastic place to visit if you want to understand the history of Canada - I walked away with loads of information and a good appreciation of the history of Canada and the wars leading to independence. The first nations exhibits are outstanding.
Hint: Check the website, on Thursdays entry is free between 5-7pm, it closes at 9pm. You need to book on line and collect your ticket on arrival with the booking reference number.
Written 8 October 2023
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Fiona M
Huntly, UK207 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Interesting enough, but quite a confusing layout. Signage was quite poor, and when you go in it's not clear where to buy tickets. It just looks like a foyer of a cinema. I understand that the shape of the building does not help the layout, but better signage would be useful. We met a few other people wandering around looking confused.
Written 2 October 2023
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Alex_Tallinn
Hanover, NH392 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
It doesn't really feel like a museum - it is a walking tour through several floors of subtle and not-so-subtle indoctrination.
Written 3 September 2023
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AmarilisVos
Jabbeke, Belgium2,297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We visited the museum on the 4th of July. There is a parking lot under the museum (13$ for a day). The entrance fee includes access to the Cine+ with various films (see timetable at the box office). There are 4 levels and it will take you a whole day to see them all. There is a Children's Museum for the children. Take time to wander through the building and check out the Zen garden outside.
Written 18 August 2023
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Roadrunner
Asheville, NC70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
An excellent museum. The exhibits are very well done, and interesting. I would recommend this museum to anyone who has interest in Canadian history.
Written 3 August 2023
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