Whether for a business lunch, meeting with friends, quick coffee, breakfast or take-out sandwich, the Canadian Museum of History offers endless possibilities at an unrivaled venue. Visit our Catering and Banquets page or Facility Rentals page for your private events.
We are sure you can understand why eating and drinking are not permitted beyond the designated areas.
Museum members receive a 10% discount at the Panorama Café, Bistro Boréal and Café Express.
Visiting the Museum? Work nearby? Access to the Café is effortless, from outside or inside the Museum! A wide range of breakfast, lunch, snack options, and take-out food are available.
You can access the Café from outside, using the Grand Stairway as you enter from Laurier Street, or via the elevators or escalators overlooking the prestigious Grand Hall. In summer months, you can dine on the outdoor terrace with its breathtaking view of Parliament Hill and the Ottawa River. In winter months, massive bay windows flood the room with light and offer a stunning view.
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
No time to eat in?
We offer a wide variety of prepared take-out sandwiches and salads.
Want to start your day off right with breakfast?
We have all your favourites… Come try them today!
Looking for a reasonably priced, sit-down lunch with something for everyone?
Try our classics from the Grill, daily selection of hot or cold sandwiches and soups, Salad Bar, pizzas and meals prepared on site.
Got a sweet tooth?
Indulge in our fresh daily desserts, ice cream, fruit salad, fruits, yogourt and pastries from our Aspretto section.
Small and big appetites will find many items from which to choose.
Panorama Café is available for student and tour groups visiting the Ottawa/Gatineau area and the Canadian Museum of History.
The Café can comfortably accommodate student and tour groups of 200 for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. During spring, summer and fall, your group can also enjoy Panorama Café’s terrace, with its breathtaking views of the Ottawa River and Parliament Hill.
For more information, or to book your group at Panorama Café, please contact our Catering and Banquets department at 819-776-7012 or 819-776-7087.
Plan an Event
The Panorama Café is available for private parties as well as student and tour groups, etc.
The Panorama Café can comfortably accommodate up to 160 for meals, business meetings or weddings. In summer, your group can also enjoy our terrace, with its breathtaking views of the Ottawa River and Parliament Hill.
For more information, please contact our Facility Rentals office at 819-776-7018 or our Catering and Banquets Department at 819-776-7012 or 819-776-7087.
Looking for a quiet setting, with quick, attentive staff? You wish to gather colleagues or friends in a pleasant space? Or enjoy the Brunch with your family before going to see an exhibition or a film? The Bistro Boréal is sure to cast its spell!
Bistro Boréal is located on Level 2 of the Museum, next to the CINÉ+.
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Reservations and Information
100 Laurier Street – Gatineau (Hull sector) – QC
Hours of Operation
|Monday||11 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
|Tuesday||11 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
|Wednesday||11 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
|Thursday||11 a.m. to 8 p.m.|
|Friday||11 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
|Saturday||10 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
|Sunday||10 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
Enjoy our fair trade coffees and organic teas, delicious latte and hot chocolate, and also a large choice of pastries, sandwiches, gelato and BeaverBites.
Aspretto… Sodexo’s fair-trade and sustainable coffee. With great coffee comes great responsibility. That’s why we blend only the finest 100% Arabica beans to give our coffee its distinctive flavour and aroma. Like our carefully selected organic teas, our coffee is fair-trade and fully traceable.
You’ll quickly get into the habit of stopping by Aspretto on Laurier Street to grab a coffee enroute to work, after visiting the Museum or before a show.
Take-out salads or sandwiches and pastries are always available for a quick snack.
Exhibition Special: the Gelato Bob is a children’s must at Café Express.
Moozoo smoothies and gelato available on Level 2, across from the CINÉ+
Hours of Operation
Monday to Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Beverage on the move
We created the Beverage on the move easy take-out option for our on-the-go customers. As an easy take-out option with eight coffees, the Beverage on the move thermos lasts two hours and is all you need for your informal meetings.
Milk, sugar and cups included
Order today at 819-776-7070 or in person at 100 Laurier Street
Just a few short steps from the Museum’s CINÉ+, Café Express is available to book for student and tour groups visiting Ottawa/Gatineau and the Canadian Museum of History. Choose from great CINÉ+ movie packages (Popcorn…) and contact our Catering and Banquets department at 819 776-7012 or 819 776-7087.