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Canadian War Museum

1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada
819-776-7000
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Ranked #1 of 136 attractions in Ottawa
Type: Military Museums, History Museums
Owner description: Discover the military history of Canada through a vast collection of artifacts, moving personal stories, works of art, and unforgettable photography.... more » Owner description: Discover the military history of Canada through a vast collection of artifacts, moving personal stories, works of art, and unforgettable photography. Explore the human conflicts that have shaped Canada, Canadians and the world. With its prize-winning, richly symbolic architecture, the War Museum, provides a spectacular setting for exhibitions, public programs and other events that illustrate the way in which human conflict, in Canada and around the globe, has changed the face of the world. « less
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Ottawa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Excellent collection of vintage aircraft. Allow a minimum of two hours if you want to just walk thru or an afternoon if you really want to enjoy the exhibits. The entry fee doesn't cover access to a newer hangar with additional aircraft which is a bit disappointing as the entry fee is already steep enough. The gift shop is ok;... More

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Victoria, Canada
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116 reviews 116 reviews
75 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

A most interesting building. Very intriguing! You MUST ask about it! Lots of exhibits, and very well presented. Almost too well. Take your time, and learn from it. This does not glorify any war, merely presents some experiences. A must-do when in Ottawa!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This museum is great. It is very informative and has extensive, varied exhibitions. Being Dutch, we feel especially thrilled of course, for we owe our liberation in 1945 to Canadians. There is a coat on display, and a book on sale about that coat. It is appropriately called "The Little Coat", and it is about a Canadian soldier and a... More

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Fredericksburg
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Loved the comment under each picture . This is a museum that is best viewed in small increments. I have gone twice and will return as there is simply too much information for one visit. If you are interested in a certain period, you should skip the rest and go there first.

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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We live in Ottawa and have taken visitors with us. The exhibits are well organized to give the history of WW1, WW2, the Korean War right up to Afghanistan. Lot of artifacts. You learn a lot of history. I especially like the war art, they have a room dedicated to this. The building is very well done and appropriate for... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a must see in Ottawa whether you live here or are visiting. The museum opened a few years ago and is an architectural gem. The exhibits are extensive. If you want to see everything give yourself several hours. A bonus is that if you are a current or former member of the Canadian armed forces your admission is... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I liked History over there, as well as war artefacts, and there diversity. Although war is not my favourite topic.

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Ottawa, Canada
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19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A great museum with many fascinating exhibits on Canada's War history and contribution to the World. Well worth a visit, given the topic best for kids over age of 15. There is ample indoor parking and a restaurant, souvenir shop. You can get an architectural guided visit and a guided visit to the exhibits. Special services for Canadian War Veterans.This... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

An excellent trip through time with respect to the Canadian Military campaign experience. See the equipment, historical objects and stories associated with the soldiers. Worth an afternoon visit.

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Ottawa, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I have visited this museum a couple of times now. Shortly after it opened and last summer. My brother got us in at a lower admission fee on his military ID. Both times I was very impressed with the quality of the exhibits/displays and the focus beyond the war stories, on stories on who we were and are as Canadian... More

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