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Canadian War Museum

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Address: 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada
Phone Number: +1 819-776-7000
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Thu 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The Canadian War Museum is more than a museum that is internationally...
The Canadian War Museum is more than a museum that is internationally renowned for its symbolic architecture; it is synonym for inspiring and touching stories. Canada's rich military history is showcased through personal stories, artwork, photographs and interactive presentations. Tour the extensive permanent exhibitions and expand your knowledge of the conflicts that shaped Canada, Canadians and the world, as well as the roll Canadians played in them. Until September 21 visit the special exhibition Witness - Canadian First World War Art. In the opinion of many historians, the nation called Canada was forged during the First World War. Canadian artists at home and on the front created artworks officially and unofficially that document and interpret the impact of war and military events on Canada and Canadians. Drawing on the Canadian War Museum's rich and unique war art holdings, the innovative exhibition will show a significant number of never-before exhibited works and expand Canadians' visual understanding of the First World War in its international, national, and personal dimensions.
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Not being all that interested in military topics, I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this museum. There was so much to see that we spent almost 6 hours there and could... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Brenda B
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Not being all that interested in military topics, I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this museum. There was so much to see that we spent almost 6 hours there and could have stayed even longer.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I have been to this museum on many occasions. I try to take out-of-town visitors there when I get the chance. It is an amazing museum with exhibits from the Revolutionary War right to present-day exhibits. I don't find the museum glorifies war rather teaches people Canada's role in the world whether it be from the war of 1812 to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Probably my favourite museum in all of Canada, I had the opportunity to visit the museum after closing hours for a youth program trip. It was an amazing journey through Canada's military history. If you are a history student (or just a history lover) like me, you will need to spend hours here to enjoy everything. I love how the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This museum is appreciated by young and old alike. Lots to see and walk through-allow enough time to experience all it has to offer. From downtown you can just walk or take the #95 bus and it's about 10 minutes walk from the closest stop, it's not far.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We saw the museum with various exhibits and particularly the special exhibits of the gas, mud, and memory of World War I called the "Fighting in Flanders" going on now until March 2015. It did not know how these soldiers tolerated the elements until you read the special exhibit. Generally. this museum has sections which shows development of Canada's military... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I was absolutely blown away by the exhibits in the War Museum. We spent over five hours in the space and only saw about half of them. The World War I and World War II sections of the museum are very illuminating - even though I thought I was pretty well informed, there were many things I had never heard... More 

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Orleans, Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Honestly, this is a good place to visit anytime of year, the permanent and temporary exhibits are quite good with lots of interactive, auditory and visual features. However, it doesn't really capture what war truly is, or even major battles in some cases. For one thing, the casualty counts are just that, casualty counts. There's no feeling involved with it.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

liked my visit to the war museum, as I am interested in The old Civil war times, costumes, First World War is also very well represented with a path you walk along to check/ learn about artefacts. did not enjoy the collection of tanks...Huge room, huge collection of army trucks of all kinds, real machines that have been used during... More 

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Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian War Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience and your personal impressions of your visit to the War Museum. The LeBreton gallery is indeed a very large and impressive room with a very large collection of military artillery. Volunteer veterans are present in the gallery to share their personal experience with visitors and provide some information... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

What a remarkable testament to our Canadian heritage. Gift shop was a little over priced. Exhibits were amazing.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

very well run, great permanent exhibits and supper interesting temporary exhibits, worth coming back to

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