Gorgeous architecture and world-renowned exhibitions convene to create Canada’s most-visited museum. Located on the banks of the Ottawa River — with a stunning view of Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada, and downtown Ottawa — the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization) provides detailed insight into 20,000 years of human history. Let your eyes wander high into the sky as you take in the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles, walk through the largest and most comprehensive exhibition about Canadian history ever created, and sit back to enjoy a CINÉ+ film. Have your little ones in tow? They’ll love the on-site Canadian Children’s Museum, filled with hands-on games and exhibits.
- The Canadian History Hall, opened on July 1, 2017, is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition about Canadian history ever created. It recounts 15,000 years Canadian history through more than 1,500 priceless artifacts.
- The Museum’s majestic Grand Hall displays the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles.
- The First Peoples Hall highlights the cultural, historic and artistic achievements of Indigenous Peoples of Canada.
- The museum also presents outstanding special exhibitions focusing on Canadian and world history and civilizations.
- The on-site Canadian Children’s Museum lets kids travel the world by exploring other cultures through exhibitions, costumes, hands-on props, and artifacts, including an extraordinary assortment of toys and games.
- The 3D CINÉ+ movie theatre presents 2D and 3D screenings of unique and enriching adventures into the heart of history and culture.