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Canadian War Museum
Canadian War Museum

Canadian War Museum

1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, K1A 0M8

The Basics

Explore Canada’s extensive military history and the stories of its soldiers, told via photos, interactive displays, artifacts, personal tales, and special temporary exhibitions. Permanent collections include Early Wars in Canada, the Second World War, From the Cold War to the Present, Memorial Hall, and Regeneration Hall. Don’t miss the Royal Canadian Legion Hall of Honour to learn about burial practices throughout history or the Military Technology Collection, where artillery vehicles and fighter jets are on display.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Ottawa

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Fun at the museum
Stephanie_C, Aug 2022
Canadian War Museum Admission
Really interesting ,was a great experience..fun for the whole family. Very friendly staff,and clean.
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Great learning experience
Silvia_F, Aug 2022
Canadian War Museum Admission
I went with my 10yo it was great to see him engaged with every article you had exposed in the museum. Learning about the different wars but I think his favourite part were the actual vehicles in LeBreton gallery
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Remember, learn and understand
Chris_C, Aug 2022
Canadian War Museum Admission
Great history of the conflicts that have shaped Canada. Special exhibit brought to light human toll of conflict on Canadian lives. Good to remember those who sacrificed so much for our Canada today.
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Learn from each other.
DavidH_A, Jul 2022
Canadian War Museum Admission
Terrible to see how people oppress others or try to, and the human cost of war. There has always been fighting amongst rival communities, countries, religions and everything that separates because of differences. Rather than learning from each other, people resist furiously.
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Everything there is...
Dupe_O, Jul 2022
Canadian War Museum Admission
Everything there is memorable for me because I appreciate those who laid their lives for the freedom we are enjoying today.
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My grandson's face when...
Deborah_S, Jul 2022
Canadian War Museum Admission
My grandson's face when he show the tanks. He love walking around taking pictures of all the different kinds of tanks and guns
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Was the coolest experience
Noah_S, Jul 2022
Canadian War Museum Admission
Seeing all the Story’s about all the wars and seeing the bullet holes and and damage cause by the wars and seeing all the artifacts collected
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Each section had clearly...
Shirley_K, Jun 2022
Canadian War Museum Admission
Each section had clearly written information explaining the improtance and impact on Canadian history
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Human History... you have to see that.
Patrice_F, Apr 2022
Canadian War Museum Admission
It was great to see how much money and efforts humans can invest into armful objects to destroy each other. And that, is since... forever... and much more nowadays and even more in the future. Anyhow, the tanks are masterful. A.Hitler's car parade is a convertible Mercedes Benz, I feel so petite and small beside it. Ok, I am petite.
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My kids really liked to...
Christopher_H, Mar 2022
Canadian War Museum Admission
My kids really liked to see the tanks and aircraft on the first floor; also the materials regarding the plains of Abraham.
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Historical war overview was interesting
Linda_G, Sep 2021
Canadian War Museum Admission
We went and read most of the information and watched some video shorts. This will take 3 hours or so. Historical war section was very interesting.
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Excellent. Will go again.
Margarita_K, Sep 2021
Canadian War Museum Admission
The displays were well presented and interesting. I also thought that having different sections was easier to walk through and learn more.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Canadian War Museum is a must-see for military and history buffs.

  • Book and print tickets in advance to save time at the admissions desk.

  • Admission is free on Thursdays from 4pm to 8pm.

  • The on-site café offers breakfast and lunch items in a lovely modern setting.

  • A museum guide is available online and on-site in English, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish.

  • The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, both of which are available for hire at the information desk.

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How to Get There

The Canadian War Museum is at 1 Vimy Place, a short distance from Parliament Hill. It's accessible from downtown by public transportation, taxi, foot, or bicycle—in fact, the museum offers easy access to walking and cycling paths along the Ottawa River that lead to other Ottawa attractions. Paid parking is available at the museum.

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When to Get There

The Canadian War Museum is typically open daily from 9:30am to 5pm, and until 8pm on Thursdays, when admission is free between 4pm and close. The museum hosts special events and traveling exhibits on an ongoing basis; check online for the current schedule. Note that summer festivals may disrupt museum access and hours.

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The Canadian War Museum Building

Opened in 2005, the low-slung, angular concrete building—which was designed to capture the severe look of a bunker—blends seamlessly into a hillside and conveys solemnity. Its unique green roof is a self-sustaining ecosystem comprising 11,500 square feet (10,684 square meters) of tall grass.

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