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The Canadian Museum of History welcomes Indigenous Experiences, a popular National Capital tourism attraction since 2000. Indigenous Experiences is now located behind the Canadian Museum of History, near a site once used by Indigenous Peoples as a trading post, and as a place of friendship and celebration.

Set against a spectacular view of the Parliament Buildings and the inspiring architecture of the Canadian Museum of History, Indigenous Experiences brings Indigenous history and culture to life through engaging, authentic and interactive programming for visitors of all ages.

From May through October, groups can book guided tours of a reconstructed village, along with interactive Pow Wow dance performances, craft and music workshops, and traditional storytelling and songs alongside the Ottawa River.

Indigenous Experiences enhances any exploration of Indigenous heritage at the Canadian Museum of History — including popular features such as the stunning Grand Hall which focuses on Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific Coast, the First Peoples Hall which celebrates the history, diversity, creativity and resourcefulness of First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and the Canadian History Hall, where Indigenous stories are integral to a national narrative spanning 15,000 years.

Indigenous Experiences’ talented cultural ambassadors look forward to welcoming you and sharing a small part of their heritage on traditional territory that is now home to the Nation’s Capital.

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Packages Offered

Feel the Heartbeat Workshop (1.5 hours)
Visitors explore the strong Indigenous connection to “the heartbeat of Mother Earth” in an interactive workshop that includes an opportunity to play horn rattles and hide drums, while also learning a traditional dance.

Traditional Dance and Tour (45 minutes to 1.5 hours)
This package includes an informative tour of the onsite Indigenous village, outlining the diversity of Indigenous cultures across Canada, followed by a lively interactive performance of traditional Pow Wow dancing that concludes with a shared “friendship dance.”


Rates do not include taxes, and are subject to change.
Available for groups of 15 people or more.
Available from May to October.
Rates include Museum admission.

Name Adult Youth (ages 3–17)
Feel the Heartbeat $25 $19.50
Traditional Dance and Tour $28 $21.50
Traditional Dance and Tour — without Museum admission $18 $15

Reservations are required. Please contact us for more information, and to book.