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Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

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Must see · Military Museum · History Museum
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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  • There is lots to see other than planes, There was also displays to help you appreciate what they went through in climbing through trenches, etc. Due to COVID alot of the intereactive displays were...  more »
  • I went to know and feel what others felt and why we are who we are and what we are as a Nation of peoples from all over who will go to War to protect us.  more »
  • Spent the entire day there and didn't get to see everything! Explore Canada's History. Well worth the price of admission.  more »
  • A great place to go to yourself or with family. A lot of different exponents that are worth checking out. They tell the story of the greater conflict through the contribution of Canada. Lots of great uniforms, photos and vehicles in this place. Plus the architecture is definitely something that draws the eye. I highly recommend the war museum as an Ottawa must.
  • Amazing museum at a really cheap price. It was around 19$ with taxes and if you want to see everything you really have to take the whole day. We came around 13:00 and took a dinner there and had to leave because it closed at 20:00 and we even had to skip some stuff! There's so much stuff to see from different era and the last room with all the vehicles was really impressive. There's a small area to commemorate the dead which is a nice touch as well.
  • Excellent! This museum is a great exhibit of Canada’s military contributions throughout history. From a central area you can choose different paths to follow that take you through different eras (recommend time needed to complete each room is given on the map). There is lots to see and do for people of all ages. As well, the museum hosts special exhibits a few times a year. These exhibits are always interesting and worth visiting. The last one I saw (Highlander exhibit) was fabulous! It displayed different weapons, dress, art, etc. and traced the history right up to present day. I’ll be looking forward to the next special exhibit!
  • Building looks big but very easy to navigate, you can follow the path easily to get the full experience. A good museum to spend some time exploring and learning. Last section covers Canadian efforts in the twenty-first century so it isn’t just ‘old times’, it’s a reminder of what has been happening in the last few decades.
  • A truly life changing experience. Visited on Rememberance Day, 2019. Thank you to all The Fallen Soldiers who gave their precious lives so I can sit here and write this review. The building and its exhibits are something one must walk through to absorb the weight of the sacrifices made for our Canadian freedoms, and the freedoms enjoyed by our Allies. At the time, Highlanders was the featured exhibit and honestly it was educational and shocking all at once; I even got to hold (not wield) a Highlander sword. Wear your poppies please, God bless!

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