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Indigenous Experiences

Tipi with Parliament Buildings, Ottawa

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)
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.”

Creation Workshop (1.5 hours)
Visitors will enjoy this interactive workshop, creating either a medicine wheel or dreamcatcher from authentic materials, while learning some of the teachings and stories behind these iconic objects.


Rates do not include taxes, and are subject to change.
Available for groups of 15 people or more.
Available from May 1 through October 31, 2019.
Rates include Museum admission.

Name Adult Youth (ages 3–17)
Feel the Heartbeat $24 $19
Traditional Dance and Tour $27 $21
Creation Workshop $36 $28
Traditional Dance and Tour — without Museum admission $18 $15

Please refer to the Museum’s group policies and rates for details on chaperones, cancellations, complimentary policy, and payment.
Combine your package with a group meal or our Museum and Canoe Experience.

Traditional Montréal canoe

Museum and Canoe Experience

The Canadian Odyssey
Discover 15,000 years of Canadian history through the lives of those who experienced it. Following a fascinating guided tour, climb aboard a traditional Montréal canoe to trace the route of voyageurs during the late 1700s, as you explore the Ottawa River and its rich historical surroundings.


  • 60-minute guided tour of the Canadian Museum of History, including the Canadian History Hall.
  • 90-minute expedition aboard a Montréal canoe on the Ottawa River with a costumed interpreter.

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

Group Admission Fees

Group rates apply to groups of 15 or more.

Taxes not included – Valid until December 31, 2020

Group Admission Fees
Adult / Senior (18 Years +) Student / Child (3 – 17)
1 Museum
(Museum of History or War Museum)
$11 $8
2 Museums
(Museum of History and War Museum)
$16 $12
1 Museum + 1 CINÉ+ Film
(Museum of History)
$15 $11
2 Museums + 1 CINÉ+ Film
(Museum of History and War Museum)
$20 $15
School Program $1 per program, per student
Guided Tour $3 per person
Activity Sheets $1 per sheet

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