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Canadian War Museum

1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada
+1 819-776-7000
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Ranked #1 of 102 Attractions in Ottawa
Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Canadian War Museum is more than a museum that is internationally renowned for its symbolic...
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Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Museums
Hours:
Thu 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Since it was my first time around Canada, and had no idea about its History, for me it was a very informative, interactive and impressive visit. I could not take it all in this one visit I paid. I want to go back there and take my husband with me... He will be thrilled about it... He loves History and... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We live in Ottawa half the year and had never visited this venue, but had admired the architecture so went last week. Located on the river with a stunning view the building itself is a marvel. The exhibits were a dissapoinment and (at $30 for two adults) well worth missing unless peons to war and the machinery pertaining thereto are... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is one of the "must see places" in Ottawa. The history and stories as well as the exhibits of military equipment etc is amazing. A fitting tribute to all the folks that served so bravely in the wars

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Kanata, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Spent the afternoon touring this museum. Very well done and staff is informative and very friendly. I would certainly leave at least 4 to 5 hours to tour the museum. Signage defintely needs some tweaking...right from the indoor parking....we even had difficulty finding the entrance, coat check and other directions seemed obscure. Take the time to speak to staff at... More 

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Woodstock, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

I have been here before as you can't take it all in with one visit. The displays are masterfully planned with more intense subject matter higher for adult viewing, and child friendly material at a child's eye level. Visit as often as you can.

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

Thank you for your comments and for taking the time to share your experience. We are thrilled to read that you enjoy the Museum. Do not hesitate to tell your friends! We hope to see you soon again! More 

Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

A great exhibit, went from the first encounters with the early settlers thru to recent conflicts. Lots of actual artifacts from the different eras, as well as short videos at many of the exhibits. The hands-on experience was great for my son, who got to touch the old guns, canons, tanks, cars, and try on hats and uniform jackets. We... More 

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

Thank you for your comments and for taking the time to share your experience. We have a passionate team of experts that work very hard at the preservation, research and sharing Canada’s military history. We strive to provide unique, fun, interactive and quality learning experiences to visitors. Reading comments and feedback from visitors is the best reward for all of... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Absolutely beautiful set on a plane with Nothing else around. Plan to spend the day if you like history as there is a lot to see and learn about. The cafeteria has great lunches and not too expensive either. If you are a veteran or serving member of the Canadian Forces show your ID at the main desk to get... More 

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a very interactive exhibit covering many conflicts in many different ways...lots of artwork and thoughtful poetry and letters etc. to balance the more obvious uniforms, tanks etc.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

As a former peace activist and mother of two young sons who are keenly interested in WWII history, I have found myself ambivalent about a visit to this museum. I finally took my boys aged 9 and 6, just before Remembrance Day. We enjoyed a moving visit with an artist exploring IEDs and the Afghan War experience. We also had... More 

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

Thank you for your comments and for taking the time to share your experience. We have a passionate team of experts that work very hard at the preservation, research and sharing Canada’s military history through special and permanent exhibitions. We strive to provide unique, fun, interactive and quality learning experiences to visitors. Reading comments and feedback from visitors is the... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Although this is not the largest collection I've seen, it is quite imperessive. Building is quite interesting in itself. Recommended for a family outing to teach your children about why we are a democracy and what it cost us to get there.

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