Money Tip: If you have time to do more than 1 museum trip, then look for combo deals. Also, you are likely to get a better price online (if you can find a groupon, even better!) than landing there to buy them.

Canadian Museum of History

A personal favorite is the Canadian Museum of History, located in Gatineau across the Ottawa river overlooking the Parliament Hill  -  


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history museum entrance

It is the most visited Museum in Canada, and for good reason. It is setup with exhibits covering 20,000 years of human history. The flow of the museum is well established to give you a great transition through the times, starting from Totem Poles, Canoes, rafts, clothes, animals etc. They also have multiple exhibitions that go on during the year & it is nice place to visit more than once during a year.

history museum long gallery room

They also have a CINE+ section which screens movies, so it could be worth your time to check what's playing.

Special Note: They also have a Children's museum section that could excite the young ones in your group!

Here are a few pics to showcase the place - 

history museum clothing line display


history museum clothing line


There was a special exhibit section on Emperor Napolean Bonaparte and here is a pic from the same - 

history museum napoleon portait


On a side note: the sprawling riverside front is a great spring/summer retreat to just knock your shoes back and lay down, taking in the sights & sounds of the busy Ottawa Downtown area (It is also the location for special Fireworks that happens every year - find details in one of our other articles) 

history museum outside view


Other Museums in Ottawa

Travel: Rideau Hall in Ottawa

Travel: Diefenbunker Museum in Ottawa

Travel: Canadian Aviation Space Museum in Ottawa

Travel: Canadian War Museum in Ottawa