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"Civilization in Canada? #1 An Overview" Top 5 Page for this destination Hull Things to Do Tip by johngayton

Hull Things to Do: 15 reviews and 26 photos

  The Museum From The Alexandra Bridge
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  • The Museum From The Alexandra Bridge - Hull
      The Museum From The Alexandra Bridge
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  • Entrance from Laurier - Hull
      Entrance from Laurier
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  • The Main Building - Hull
      The Main Building
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  • The Curator's Building - Hull
      The Curator's Building
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The Canadian Museum of Civilization, or seeing as we are here in Hull/Gatineau: Le Musee Canadien des Civilizations, is situated on the northern bank of the Ottawa River, adjacent to The Alexandra Bridge. However whatever your choice of language and whichever city you happen to be visiting here in Canada's National Capital Region this museum is deservedly Canada's most popular.

Architecturally, the building (designed by the Meti-descended Douglas Cardinal and completed in 1989) has a very subtley imposing visual prescence, both externally and internally, with its linear curvatures creating spaciousness without attempting dominance by sheer scale. What the architect here has attempted to convey is the physical fluidity of Canadian Natural History along with the country's cultural development from The Nation's First Peoples to the present day - the lack of angled corners leaving nowhere for the evil spirits of either past or present to lurk.

The museum's exhibits cover 4 floors with the two main galleries being the Grand Hall/First Peoples Hall on level 1 and The Canada Hall on level 3 - see following tips for more detailed info.

The 2nd floor houses the Canadian Postal Museum and The Children's Museum as well as the special exhibitions galleries. The 4th floor has a new exhibition entitled "Face to Face" which introduces visitors to some of Canada's historical characters (some better known than others).

As well as the exhibitions the building also houses an IMAX Theatre, a couple of cafes and the usual souvenirs shops.

Details of opening times and admission charges are on website and it is certainly worth noting that admission is free on Thursday evenings when the museum is open until 9pm!!

Address: 100 Rue Laurier, Gatineau
Directions: Quite literally a 15 minute walk across the Alexandra bridge from downtown Ottawa or a 2 minute walk from downtown Hull. Check STO or OCTranspo sites for bus details.
Phone: 1 800 555-5621

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  • Updated Mar 15, 2011
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