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Canadian Museum of History

Traverse 20,000 years of Canadian history in just one day at Ottawa’s treasure house of culture.

The Canadian Museum of History is one of Ottawa’s architectural and cultural jewels. With its magnificent Grand Hall and an impressive collection of Canadian cultural treasures, the museum provides remarkable insight into human history.

The building itself is an architectural marvel. Designed by Douglas Cardinal, its curved walls echo the shape of a lapping tide. Begin your tour in the impressive Grand Hall. The floor-to-ceiling windows, views of Parliament Hill and one of the largest collections of totem poles in the world make it an inspiring experience. View the reconstructed Indian house facades, representing over 150 years of architecture from the Pacific Northwest. The backdrop here, a fabric scrim displaying the image of a misty forest, is the largest color photograph in the world. 

In the First Peoples Hall, the traditional owners of the site on which the museum sits welcome you. Discover the cultural, artistic and historical richness of Canada’s First Nations through an incredible collection of over 2,000 artifacts.

While the kids travel the world in the Canadian Children’s Museum and the IMAX theater, you can walk through 1,000 years of Canadian history in Canada Hall. Housed under a 55-foot (17-meter) domed ceiling, this exhibition is organized in two sections: Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic region between the years 1000 and 1885, and Western and Northern Canada from 1885 to the present day. Life-sized tableaus are reconstructed in the styles specific to the period. Afterward, come face-to-face with those who shaped modern Canada in the Canadian Personalities Hall.

The Canadian Museum of History is one of Ottawa’s premier attractions. Allow from two hours to a whole day to visit. The museum is open daily and hours vary between the seasons. Admission includes access to all galleries, while the IMAX theater is an additional charge. The museum is easily accessible and there is parking available for a fee.

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Holiday Inn Ottawa Dwtn - Parliament Hill ¥9,812
Holiday Inn Ottawa Dwtn - Parliament Hill

Holiday Inn Ottawa Dwtn - Parliament Hill

402 Queen St, Ottawa, ON
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Library and Archives Canada and Parliament Hill. Byward Market Square and Royal Canadian Mint are also within 2 mi (3 km). Bayview Station is 21 minutes by foot.

    Lord Elgin Hotel ¥11,144
    Lord Elgin Hotel

    Lord Elgin Hotel

    100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National War Memorial, Rideau Centre, and Parliament Hill. Rideau Canal is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

      Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa Downtown East ¥10,273
      Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa Downtown East

      Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa Downtown East

      235 KING EDWARD AVENUE, Ottawa, ON
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Lowertown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Byward Market Square and National Gallery of Canada. University of Ottawa and Parliament Hill are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Fairmont Chateau Laurier ¥15,802
        Fairmont Chateau Laurier

        Fairmont Chateau Laurier

        1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Ottawa, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National War Memorial, Shaw Centre, and National Arts Centre. Byward Market Square and Parliament Hill are also within 10 minutes.

          The Westin Ottawa ¥12,908
          The Westin Ottawa

          The Westin Ottawa

          11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Centre, Byward Market Square, and Parliament Hill. University of Ottawa and Canadian Museum of History are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Les Suites Hotel Ottawa ¥10,823
            Les Suites Hotel Ottawa

            Les Suites Hotel Ottawa

            130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ottawa Art Gallery, Byward Market Square, and Rideau Centre. University of Ottawa and National Gallery of Canada are also within 15 minutes.

              Albert At Bay Suite Hotel ¥10,320
              Albert At Bay Suite Hotel

              Albert At Bay Suite Hotel

              435 Albert St, Ottawa, ON
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Library and Archives Canada and Supreme Court of Canada. Canadian War Museum and National Arts Centre are also within 15 minutes. Bayview Station is 19 minutes by foot.

                Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Gatineau/Manoir du Casino ¥9,536
                Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Gatineau/Manoir du Casino

                Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Gatineau/Manoir du Casino

                75, d'Edmonton Street, Gatineau, QC
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Hull, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Jacques Cartier Park, Canadian Museum of History, and Maison du velo.