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Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, Ontario

Joey Smallwood area in the Face to Face exhibit in the Museum of Civilization near Ottawa, Ontario (Canada).
Joey Smallwood area in the Face to Face exhibit in the Museum of Civilization near Ottawa, Ontario (Canada).

Although technically located in Gatineau, Quebec, the Canadian Museum of Civilization is one of the most popular stops for those traveling to Ottawa, Ontario. Just across the bridge in Gatineau, this extraordinary museum takes learning to a whole new level (and is one of my favourite museums in the world). 

Aboriginal Masks at the Museum of Civilization near Ottawa, Ontario (Canada).
L Henry

The Aboriginal People of Canada
Where to start? Head down the escalator to Level 1: The Grand Hall and First Peoples Hall. You’ll instantly notice the totem poles from the west coast of Canada, a perfect photo op. Then explore behind the totem poles for more west coast First Nations exhibits and the marvellous First Peoples Hall, Canada’s “largest permanent exhibition on the history, diversity and contributions of Canada’s First Peoples.”

IMAX Theatre and Kids Museum
Up on level 2 is the phenomenal Canadian Children’s Museum, where you’ll have the most fun. Beside it are the interesting Canadian Postal Museum (where a display of every stamp issued in Canada resides) and two special exhibits. Make sure not to miss the extremely popular Museum of Civilization IMAX Theatre.

Canadian History
Next up is The Canada Hall on level 3. This dynamic, replicated space covers the immigrants who came to Canada. Interpreters in period costumes will chat with you in character about their journey and what life is like during the period that they represent.

Canadian Personalities
On the top floor is the Face to Face exhibit, featuring the people who have made Canada what it is today. No small task, walking through the gallery is like seeing the faces from history books and recognizing the names that have been broadcast around the world. There will be many personalities you won’t know, so make sure to learn about them, too.

Canadian Museum of Civilization
Admission is $12 CDN for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $8 for children and $30 for families. Those under 3 years old are free. For a free visit, go on Thursdays between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm for general admission.

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  • Patty Davis 5 years ago

    Loved the report on this museum along with the fabulous pictures.

  • Lori H- Canada Travel Examiner 5 years ago

    Thanks, Patty. This is such a unique musuem.

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