Located on the shore of the Ottawa River, across from Parliament Hill, the Museum of Civilization opened to rave reviews in ... More
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Located on the shore of the Ottawa River, across from Parliament Hill, the Museum of Civilization opened to rave reviews in 1989 and is home to over three and a half million artifacts and exhibits of national historical and cultural importance. The museum is also home to the interactive Canadian Children's Museum. Several IMAX features are available. Admission: CAD10 Adults; CAD7 Seniors; CAD6 Students; CAD4 Children 3-12. IMAX Admission (/including museum): CAD9.50/17 Adults; CAD8/13 Students; CAD8/14 Seniors; CAD7/10 Children 3-12.
My husband and I travelled to Ottawa, specifically to see the Renoir Exhibit and the folk art at the museum. The information clerks, as well as two other staff members informed us that the museum did not have a folk art collection. So we left.
How horribly disappointed we were to find out this information was false.
Having had our children several years apart, finding activities that everyone can participate in at once is challenging and the museum had something for all my kids. I really enjoyed the exhibits and there was plenty to see, but don't expect to get it done quickly. I would recommend allowing yourself at least 3 hours to fully appreciate the museum, especially if you want to be able to read all the information. The children's museum was fun for the young children and the older kids loved the other sections. Here's a little tip: when we went, Thursday nights were free. So, if you go on a Wednesday and want to resee or finish off a section, you can do so on Thursday night for free.
Is it a museum of civilization in Canada, or a museum of Canadian civilization? Both! Outstanding mix of history, art, artifacts, multi-media, and more, doing its ambitious best to be inclusive of the long history of Canada (from the First Nations peoples and Norse settlers, on to the present) and the vast Canadian nation beyond Ontario and Quebec. Permanent collections augmented by special exhibits of both Canadian and international topics. Atrium with "totem poles" from British Columbia is breathtaking. Often good musical performers. Great view of Ottawa. IMAX has good offerings. Too much to accomplish in one day - plan several visits if you must see it all.