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Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

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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. Put Canadian War Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Ottawa itinerary builder app .
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  • My boyfriend and I got in for free as he is in the reserves. They were very friendly and it was nice to get in for free! The museum has a lot of information and they have information about other count...  more »
  • Well worth the time to visit the War Museum - not celebratory, but a real museum for education and remembrance.  more »
  • Happened to be in town and I checked out the War Museum after work. Museum is free from 5 to 8pm every Thursday. Otherwise, it closes 5pm weekdays. Overall, it was very nice. Split into 4 sections ran...  more »
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  • The Canadian War Museum is one of my favorite museums. Even though it does not talk about happiness or other warm feelings and it is a very "gray" structure, a lot of effort was put to make this experience rich in history. We strongly recommend this place. We also suggest that you reserve more than 3-4 hours for it, otherwise you will not be able to read much.
  • This should be on the recommended places to visit while in Ottawa. The history contained within the walls of this museum is mind blowing. You will need to block off an entire day to fully experience all the areas, although a half day will allow you to see everything. I would definitely recommend a trip to the memorial hall, as somber as it is, it's well worth a few moments of the visit.
  • Fantastic. I wish I had the time to spend an entire day there. I only had a few hours and I had to rush through, unfortunately. There is an excellent section on WWI with photos, videos, relics and historical information on many soldiers. There is also a great section with more recent wars like the Afghanistan and other countries. There are tanks, trucks, and other equipment that was actually used and they each tell a story. Well worth the visit.
  • A mandatory stop for anyone interested in Canadian history and a great way to pay tribute to the men and women who got us here. The staff are bilingual and amazingly helpful, especially their research department. They went above and beyond helping me. It should be experienced by every student of history. The collection of military vehicles and mobile armor on the lower floor is impressive.
  • Beautiful building and great staff. Great display of interactive information. Kids were delighted to meet members of the armed forces. Some areas might not be appropriate for younger kids but still a fun place in the winters.
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