Province/Territory: Quebec

Celebrating the First Peoples through art and history

  • 1000 years of Canadian history meticulously preserved
  • 06 replicas of traditional Native houses
  • 07 permanent exhibitions

Explore the original history. The Grand Hall at the Canadian Museum of History is a chance to explore the First Nations story through art and historical artifacts. From the ceiling shaped like a mythical Raven’s Canoe to the world’s largest collection of totem poles, this incredible setting puts you in the middle of the First Nations’ story. Take your time and uncover the history behind each layer of this architectural stunner.

A mix of traditional and contemporary art, you will find the tales that have been told for generations waiting to be uncovered. Be a part of the story that continues to shape a nation.

Why you should visit
  • Walk the exterior of one of the country’s most admired buildings. Take photo after photo of the architectural stunner and views of Parliament Hill across the river.
  • Respect the traditional. Embrace the contemporary. Listen to the stories that have been told for generations. Dig deeper than the history books allow.
  • On-site restaurants offer the chance to grab a bite to eat with a stunning view of Ottawa.
  • You can go beyond the surface of exhibits with the help of on an onsite librarian.
  • Take a walk through Canadian history with a visit of Canada Hall starting with reconstructed scenes of early European activity from A.D. 1000 to the early industrial era of the 1900's.
  • Wander amongst the largest totem pole collection in the world.

Weather

  • Gatineau and the National Capital Region experience all four seasons.
  • Summer (June to September) will showcase its warmest weather and is usually fairly dry. There is increased precipitation in the spring and fall. Snowfall can be heavy over the winter months (November to March).
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Arrive early for shorter line-ups or purchase tickets online.
  • Hours & Admission.
  • Open year round except for Christmas Day (December 25).
  • On-site food & beverage as well as areas where you can eat what you’ve brought with you.
  • On-site bank machine and gift shop.
  • Audio tours available in English, French, German and Mandarin.
When to go
  • The museum is open year-round and any time of year will provide plenty of activities and breathtaking views.
  • Check the events & exhibition listings to time your visit according to interests.
Need to know
  • Courtesy wheelchairs, a motorized wheelchair and strollers are available at the cloakroom. Subject to availability.
  • Discounted rates are available when purchasing entry to both the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum.
  • Photography is permitted within the exhibition galleries with the exception of the galleries featuring temporary exhibits.
  • Complimentary cloakroom and coin-operated lockers are available on levels with access to the parking garage.
Getting Here
  • The Canadian Museum of History is located in the heart of Canada's Capital Region across the river and walking distance from downtown Ottawa.
  • From downtown, choose to walk down pedestrian Sparks Street and over the Portage bridge to get a beautiful view of the city or from the Byward Market across the Alexandra Bridge.
  • Or choose to take the seasonal Ottawa Gatineau aqua taxi.
  • The City of Ottawa is approximately a 25 minute drive from the Ottawa International Airport (YOW).
  • The Canadian Museum of History is accessible via public transit using OC Transpo on the Ontario side or via les Société de Transports de l'Outaouais.
  • Taxi service is readily available at the airport and throughout the city.