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Canadian Children's Museum

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Address: 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec J8X 4H2, Canada
Phone Number: +1 819-776-7000
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Located within the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum...

Located within the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization)

Hands on adventure!

The Canadian Children's Museum is one of the most popular attractions at the Canadian Museum of History, and has been since it opened its doors in 1989. Passports in hand, visitors discover one incredible destination after another. Whether on a visit to homes in the International Village, a trek to a desert pyramid, a jaunt to the Port of Entry to help unload a cargo ship, or a stroll through the bustling Market Bazaar, visitors encounter endless ways to learn about the world and one another. A world of discovery where parents have as much fun as their kids!

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Fun With a Three Year Old

This place is awesome. I have taken various family members here from 2 years to 67 years and we all enjoy the children's museum. It's a well done set up with lots of entertaining... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Ottawa, Canada

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is awesome. I have taken various family members here from 2 years to 67 years and we all enjoy the children's museum. It's a well done set up with lots of entertaining things to amuse the senses. I fully recommend a visit for any age. One caution is that if you have kids, especially smaller ones, be careful... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited back in 2008 and had a blast. We decided to visit again in 2016 once we had children. The staff said that 2 hours would be plenty of time, but our toddler could easily have spent 4 hours there playing and exploring. They don't advertise the Canada's National Museums Passport at the box office, but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Children's Museum on Remembrance Day and admittance was free all day. Lots of interactive display and exhibits for the kids to enjoy. Kids are given a passport and The craft room was large with table for families to create art work. Underground parking was $12.50 (max), heated garage we left our coats in the van, although there... More 

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Hollywood, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great museum.. our little 2 1/2 year old loved it. So much to do and experience for them. Also if you have older children the whole museum is worth the trip. One price pays for it all.

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Hunter Valley, NSW
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were so pleasantly surprised to discover this wonderful museum for children. What a great way to interest children in history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

My kids love this place, it's very interactive and the have fun playing and building things, they learn a lot about other countries.

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Ennismore, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

This is such a great place for kids to play for a day! Kids get a passport which they stamp at each station they visit. There is a mini theatre where kids can dress up and put on a play, with special effects and sounds and lighting. There is a full size bus kids can pretend to drive, a boat,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We loved the place. We took our 21 months old toddler. We were tourists to Ottawa, Found this place as Google result for "Ottawa attractions for kids". I am upset Trip advisor does not mention this is as one of the top. My toddler fell in love with the little grocery store, clothing store, ship and all other things. He... More 

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Pembroke, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We took the kids to the Thomas the Tank exhibit and we could have spent the whole day at the museum. Really fun, for all ages

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

This is a pretend play paradise! We spent over 3 hours in the museum, and it was not enough to do all the things my daughter wanted to do! The place is so carefully designed to immerse kids in a world of cultures, occupations, transportation, food etc while having so much fun. Very detailed, highly interactive, and well maintained. I... More 

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