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History Galore at the Museum of Civilization

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A travel journal to Ottawa by girlfromals

The Great Hall Photo, Ottawa, Ontario More Photos
Quote: The Canadian Museum of Civilization, located across the Ottawa River in the newly amalgamated city of Gatineau (now encompassing the city of Hull), is really many museums in one. Check out thousands of years of Canadian history, special exhibits, and the IMAX theater in this 4-level museum. The Museum of Civilization hosts the Canadian Postal Museum, the Children's Museum, First Peoples Hall, and Canada Hall. Each of the sections of the Museum offers fantastically detailed displays with explanatory information in both English and French. Kids will be kept busy with all the interactive displays geared towards them. For more information on the Museum of Civilization, check out their website or give them a call at 819/776-7000 or toll free in Canada and the United States 800/555-5621. Bienvenue and Welcome to Canada's cultural showcase! Enjoy your stay!

History Galore at the Museum of Civilization

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Map of Downtown Ottawa Photo, Ottawa, Ontario
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I first had the opportunity to go to the Museum of Civilization back in 1991 not long after it opened. It has expanded significantly since then offering something for everyone, especially the kids! The sight upon walking in to the Great Hall is unforgettable. Everytime I go to the museum, it takes my breath away. The building was designed by a First Nations architect and his influence can be seen most noticeably in the hall. As you take the escalator down to the floor of the Great Hall, you will notice the four-story ceiling and the huge floor to ceiling windows on the left side of the hall. As you ride down the escalator, look up! You will see what is meant to be the underside of a boat. Along th...Read More

Canadian Postal Museum

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Attraction | "The Canadian Postal Museum"

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The Canadian Postal Museum is but a small section of the Museum of Civilization. However, there are a number of interesting displays about postal delivery around the world and in Canada. There are two ways to enter the Canadian Postal Museum: through the Canadian Children's Museum, or near the elevators and escalators on Level Two. I recommend entering from the elevator side. When you enter, you will see a number of old post-office signs--some of these are from small-town post offices which no longer exist. Further along your way, you will see a set of post-office boxes with DOC written on them. This means "Dominion of Canada." Upon entering the museum proper, you have a few choices o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2003

Canadian Postal Museum
100 Laurier St
Hull, Ontario J8X 4H2
+1 819 776 7000

Mysterious Bog People

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Attraction | "The Mysterious Bog People"

Mysterious Bog People Photo, Ottawa, Ontario
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It is 1950. Two brothers are out digging in the peat bog. All of a sudden they find a body, a human body. They call the police thinking that they've discovered the body of a recent murder victim. When the police arrive and examine the body, they know exactly what they are dealing with; they have seen this before, in 1927 and 1938. What is it these brothers have discovered? They have discovered the preserved body of a man who died over 2000 years ago. This peat bog mummy became known as the Tollund Man. The stories of contemporaries of Tollund Man are told in a special exhibition, entitled The Mysterious Bog People, at the Museum of Civilization until September of 2003. Travel back...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2003

Mysterious Bog People
The Museum of Civilization
Ottawa, Ontario

Bus Bus Get on the Bus!

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One of the great things about living in Canada's capital city is the decent bus system. Here are a few tips to help you plan your way around Ottawa by bus. Boy, do I wish I had known some of these things before I moved to Ottawa! Fares Bus fares reflect the fact that OC Transpo offers a number of different services to riders. The bus fares changed on July 1, 2004. Most buses which visitors travel on require normal fare: Children 5 and under ride for free; Children (aged 6-11) $1.35 or 1 bus ticket; Adults $2.60 or 2 bus tickets. Express routes are more expensive and run either in the city of Ottawa or to ...Read More

Gift of the Gods

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English Glass Photo, Ottawa, Ontario
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When I saw the posters go up for Gift of the Gods, I promised myself that I'd see this exhibit early. The inner procrastinator got the better of me, and I found myself visiting the museum on the last weekend of the show. It was either that Saturday or no visit at all since I had made other plans for the next day, so I braved the strange combination of wind, rain, and snow to hop on OC Transpo Bus 8. I rode the bus over the Ottawa River with mixed feelings. I love wine, but have developed an allergy to it, so I've had to find other ways to appreciate wine. Visiting this show was just one of them. Gift of the Gods is a variation on an exhibition of the same name at Toront...Read More