Knowledge condensed

Three museums in a day? It might seem a lot but no worries, it's totally feasible. Your kids crave knowledge? They are curious and just can't learnm enough? Then head on to the National gallery of Canada. Every week-end and holiday and every day in July and August from 11am to 4pm, families are invited to discover works from the Gallery's collection in a very fun way. Then, a trip on an electricity-propelled Aqua-Taxi will take you to the Québec side of the Ottawa River where you'll find both the Canadian Museum of History AND the Canadian Children's Museum. An amazing 2 in 1 that's sure to captivate the whole family.

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National Gallery of Canada
380, promenade Sussex
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 9N4

Experience the best visual art in the country at this top attraction in the heart of Canada’s capital. In June 2017, the National Gallery of Canada celebrates our country’s 150th anniversary with Canada’s Masterpieces: “Our Masterpieces. Our Stories” The largest display of Canadian art in the world will be unveiled, with over 1,000 artworks and 5 exhibitions under one roof. Inuit and Aboriginal art will be included in the chronological presentation, telling the full story of art in Canada. Special exhibitions include Alex Janvier, Canadian Photography, and the Canadian Biennial. Be here in 2017 to see the masterpieces of our national collection, shop our newly renovated Boutique, and dine in our restaurant with spectacular views of the Canadian Parliament buildings and the river below.

900 m
If you wish to stay on this 100% ecological means of transportation a bit longer, the captain can take you "On the path of Samuel de Champlain" for an hour-long boat ride to the Casino/Hilton du Lac-Leamy at sunset.
Au feel de l'eau Aqua-Taxi
100, rue Laurier (derrière le Musée canadien de l'histoire)
Gatineau (Québec) K1A0M8

The 100% electric Aqua-Taxi provides a shuttle service between the Ottawa docks (next to locks behind the Château Laurier) and the dock at the Canadian Museum of History. The Aqua-Taxi also offers a discovery route, "On the Path of Samuel de Champlain." It is an original and very different way of travelling between Ottawa or the Canadian Museum of History and the Casino du Lac-Leamy. On the way you will have multiple opportunities to take memorable photographs as you cruise the Ottawa River on a comfortable and quiet boat. The captain will be happy to point out and famous landmarks along the way, such as the residence of the Prime Minister, Rideau Falls and many more.. Universal accessibility and space for bicycles. NEW in 2017: New stop at Richmond Landing near the War Museum

350 m
Hungry? There's a cantina in the museum offering quite the view on the Ottawa River and Parliament. You can also walk 750 m to reach Laval Street, where many great small restaurants await!
Canadian Museum of History
100, rue Laurier
Gatineau (Québec) K1A 0M8

Breathtaking setting. Majestic architecture. Fascinating exhibitions. Welcome to Canada’s national museum of history, exploring this country’s rich cultural heritage, including the outstanding achievements of First Peoples. Starting July 1, 2017, visit the Canadian History Hall, our new signature exhibition, where evidence of the past tells a tale as vast and varied as the land itself. Occupying more than 40,000 square feet, the Hall traces Canada’s history from the dawn of human habitation to the present day. Tour our many special international exhibitions, be a kid again at the Children’s Museum and live the ultimate cinema experience at the CINE +.

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Did you know that the Canadian Children's Museum is the most important exhibityion centre dedicated to children in the country? Furthermore, the Canadian Museum of History is the most visited museum in Canada and the country's most popular cultural attraction.
Canadian Children's Museum
100, rue Laurier
Gatineau (Québec) K1A 0M8

Hands-on adventure! Passports in hand, visitors discover one incredible destination after another. Whether on a visit to homes in the International Village, a trek to a desert pyramid or a stroll through the bustling Market Bazaar, young visitors encounter endless ways to learn about the world and one another. A world of discovery where parents have as much fun as their kids.