The Canadian museum of history : time travel in the Outaouais

Published on June 18 2024

With its scenic landscapes and rich heritage, the Outaouais is a prime destination for culture and history buffs. At the heart of the region is the Canadian Museum of History, a jewel that offers visitors a fascinating overview of Canadas past. Located in Gatineau, the museum is not only a centre for historical learning, but an ideal starting point for a day of discovery.

Where

100 Laurier Street, Gatineau

Good to know

General admission is free on Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

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SPECTACULAR ARCHITECTURE


Even before you enter the museum, youll be struck by its distinctive architecture, designed by Indigenous architect DouglasCardinal. The buildings elegant curves and organic forms reflect Canadas natural landscapes, creating harmony between the building and its surroundings. This unique architecture offers a foretaste of your immersive and enriching museum experience.

PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS

In addition to the temporary exhibitions, the museum houses several permanent exhibitions that are well worth a visit. TheGrand Hall, for example, is a majestic space where First Nations totem poles stand tall, telling the history and traditions of Indigenous peoples in Canada, while the CanadaRoom presents the development of the country from its earliest inhabitants to the present day, through a diverse collection of artefacts and interactive exhibits.

FIRST ROYALS OF EUROPE: 6,500 YEARS OF HISTORY


The Canadian Museum of History is known for its fascinating exhibitions. Among them is First Royals of Europe, which delves into the beginnings of the great European civilizations. View unique artefacts such as jewellery, weapons and ancient manuscripts. For the first time in Canada, more than700 rare and exquisite objects from 26institutions in southeastern Europe have been brought together to take you on an epic journey. Discover how these kingdoms influenced the culture, politics and technology of the time. The exhibition highlights the trade, wars and alliances that shaped medieval Europe.

When

Until January 19, 2025

Cost

Adult (age 18–64): $23 | Senior (65+) : $21 | Student (13–17) :$18 | Child (2–12): $16 | Toddler (under 2): FREE | Family (maximum 2 adults): $55

AN ADVENTURE FOR YOUNGER VISITORS


The Canadian Museum of History is also home to the Canadian Children’s Museum. Through interactive exhibits and hands-on workshops, young visitors can learn about history in a fun and engaging way. TheGreat Adventure is a dedicated space where young children can touch the displays, play, and discover the past through creative activities. Whether its trying on period costumes, building models of traditional houses or discovering First Nations stories and legends, every visit is an exciting adventure that sparks childrens curiosity and imagination.

THE PANORAMA PATIO: UNBEATABLE VIEWS


In summer, take advantage of the Canadian Museum of History’s patio, a true gem with spectacular views of the Ottawa River and Canada’s Parliament Hill. This outdoor space invites you to relax and enjoy the museum’s beautiful natural setting. Whether you want to take a break after visiting the exhibitions or simply admire the scenery, the Panorama Patio is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet moment with family and friends!

The Canadian Museum of History is more than a window to the past: it’s a celebration of the diverse cultures and stories that shape our world today. To get the most out of your museum visit and the must-see attractions and events on site, such as the Canadian Tulip Festival and Les Grands Feux du Casino Lac-Leamy, check out the various packages offered by Experience Outaouais.

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