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Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

Categories: Military Museums, History Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 2,800+ 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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  • My wife and I visited the museum for the first time and were surprised at the sheer number of pictures and artifacts and displays It's a lot to see but worth it - it covers conflicts that occurred bef...  read more »
  • This museum is a beautiful building with a very good display of Canadian military history. It by no means glorifies war but it does explain the history of war from a Canadian perspective. The hall of ...  read more »
  • As a Canadian... this is a must visit museum as it speaks to our nation's proud military and peace keeping history. You will learn things you never knew about our country at this museum, not to mentio...  read more »
  • This place was amazing. The kids loved it, but it may not have been the best place ever for young children. They had some difficult questions here and there. Fun and educational. Reasonably priced when paired with the History Museum in Gatineau.
  • 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.
  • Very interesting and informative museum. Well structured with a clear chronological path and direction markings. There are several halls representing different epochs in Canadian war history and a large vehicle hall with tanks, cars, aircraft and more. The main exhibit halls are nicely designed with lifesize exhibits, miniature landscape models, informative text and immersive reconstructions of places. There is a parking lot on site.
  • We spent over 4 hours here. We are not military buffs; however, we were very interested in all the galleries. It was well presented in a Canadian perspective. You are lead in a chronological maze of galleries. We found WWI gallery to be the most fascinating and emotionally startling. Good for all ages to know Canada's involvement in war and peace times. It gave us a much better appreciation for our veterans and their families and the sacrifices they made for our great country. A must see in Ottawa. Great looking building too.
  • Awesome museum with a really nice floor plan which makes it super easy to navigate. You can choose to take a walk through history and the main war eras, or get back to the middle and pick the era of your choice. Great artifacts and tons. I mean TONS of vehicles and full size displays. Even one of Hitler's actual parade Mercedes Limousines. Good restaurant too with lots of options and daily menu.
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