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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 142 attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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London, Canada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Our group of 4 decided to tour the museum. My husband is reg force and you get 2 free guests as a veteran. Parking wasn't free for us and cost us $12.50. It's $2.50 a half hour. The museum is a great history lesson and something I believe every Canadian should tour. We did it in a couple of hours... More

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Winnipeg
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We went for an afternoon with our son who is in the army reserve for the summer. We had lunch in the cafeteria first and then spent two hours immersing ourselves in Canadian war history. Of particular interest was the tanks and armored vehicles on display near the end of the route. If you are interested in Canadian history then... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is a fascinating place ,easy to reach (we walked - its easy) with a really interesting WW1 exhibition on this summer. Get the joint museum ticket here -you can spread this over 2/3 days but its better value.

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Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We spent four hours in this museum and still missed things. It is really well laid out and has fantastic exhibits.

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Prince George, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This museum is so large and full of information a person could spends days in here. We went on Thursday after 5:00 when it was free but we really only scratched the surface, was a little hard to find as the road takes a funny bend!

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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The content of this museum is serious by nature, so it's important to visit in the right mood to appreciate it. It's a good museum, with well-organized exhibits and tons of content. The presentation honours Canada and those who have served without glorifying violence. The exhibits are fairly engaging for children who enjoy museums, and the gallery of tanks and... More

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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We have three children of varying ages one of which is Autistic, making family trips a little difficult because of his meltdowns. The War Museum and it's staff was a fantastic place where all of us had something to keep us interrested. The staff was super friendly and engaging, great with our children. For those with children who are Autistic... More

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Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We always learn something new in the main exhibits.. And the short term shows they have are great for adults and kids. The Cold War area used to be a curiosity for the kids.... This summer, it hit a little closer to home.

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Oakville, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Excellent museum that gave a great perspective on the Canadian involvement in various wars. Request the guided tour a couple of dollars extra but well worth it. Loved the painting exhibition that was tagged on to this.

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UK
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152 reviews 152 reviews
16 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

I visited the Canadian War Museum whilst staying in ottawa and it is genuinely one of the best museums I have visited. The exhibits are extremely well laid out, there is plenty here for everyone- from the tanks and guns on display through to the moving exhibits from both WW1 & 2 and beyond. If you only visit one museum... More

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