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Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

(4.6/5 based on 3,000+ reviews on the web)
Emotional, educational, and enlightening, Canadian War Museum brings to life the stories that shaped Canadian military history. Housed in one of the country's architectural landmarks, the museum displays a comprehensive collection that includes artworks, weapons, military vehicles, uniforms, and other war-related items. Through numerous large multimedia exhibits, including a replica World War I trench, you'll feel immersed in the experience of war. Visit the gallery dedicated to recent conflicts, where an interactive space provokes visitors to form their own conclusions about war and peace. At night, the building's facade lights up with messages spelled out in Morse code. For Canadian War Museum and beyond, use our Ottawa itinerary maker to get the most from your Ottawa vacation.
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  • This museum portrays Canadian History - not just the perils of war but the compassion of our country regardless of race, creed or colour. A mistake if you leave Ottawa without a visit 
  • Spent the whole day there. Thought we'd stay a couple hours but it was so well done that we lost track of time. 
  • My wife and I brought our son to the museum - we all completely enjoyed the time. Not a lot words required to cover this one -- very educational and fun, great use of 3-4 hours. The museum is well lai...  more »
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  • This is a fantastic museum I have only now had the opportunity to visit. Building is stunning, designed by the brilliant Ray Moriyama. There is so much information here; bits of Canadian history I never knew about. Museum really captured how war affected Canadian society -- giving perspectives of women, indigenous people, French Canadians, as well as capturing experiences of those forced into internment camps, those who became disabled following war, and others. Marvelled at the ingenuity and sheer ugliness of military engineering / technology through time. I could write more, but you can go, see and think for yourself.
  • The War Museum is a place to mourn those who fell in battle. It is a place to honor their legacy, and for the endless pain and misery. If no one walks away from that museum and not feel sorrow, they need to look a lot closer at what war does to people. The War Museum is NOT a place for Mom, Dad and the kids go for recreation. The museum is not there for fun. It is not a place to have a picnic. Seeing a diorama of a soldier face down in the mud made me weep. I wept openly and without shame. For what that diorama symbolized with the lost life it portrayed. It is not a place where children thoughtlessly walk on top of the fallen soldier.
  • There's a cafe in the mesuem that is a nice place to takw a break from wandering around the beautiful displays. Happen to be a thunderstorm while I was there. The tank exhibition was on display and was very cool.
  • Great place, I love all the history! This place is also huge I spent over two hours here and I still haven't finished seeing it all! It's free Thursday nights so I'll be back next Thursday!
  • great exhibition all around with lots of wonderful artefacts of modern and older warfare memorabilia. great history about most of Canada's military campaigns. well displayed and easy to travel through. schedule AT LEAST 4 hours for your first visit if you want to read all the information which is very pertinent and interesting.