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Address: 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada
Phone Number: +1 819-776-7000
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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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Well worth the visit, great tribute to our freedom fighters. Architecturally well designed & creative shaped building. Everything is worth the time spent reading and looking at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Richmond, Canada
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Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Well worth the visit, great tribute to our freedom fighters. Architecturally well designed & creative shaped building. Everything is worth the time spent reading and looking at and what a collection of old vehicles in the lower level.

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Manotick
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Best was the vehicles used in the war on the lower floor. If you are planning on a few visits and are a grandparent consider a grandparents pass also good at the Museum of History.

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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

It may even evoke some emotion. The exhibits are well laid out and the memorabilia can be actually quite moving.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

A well laid out museum filled with replicas of WW1&!!. There are interactive areas and films. The museum is up to date with the events of the Gulf War and Afghanistan. A good museum for all ages. Easily accessed from the roadway. Lots of parking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This is only the Second Canadian National museum I have been to and overall it was pretty interesting. It is very confusing navigating your way through the exhibitions. The other issue was that there was a lot of reading but in many cases dates of artifacts were missing?

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Naperville, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent museum that tells the story of Canada though the lens of war and other international conflicts. For those of us who like to pour over every word, it took a good 4-5 hours. There were good hands - on activities and films as well for those who want a different experience. The museum was well laid... More 

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Nova Sotia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

It is a top notch museum that will appeal to children and adults. Exhibits very well done and staff very knowledgeable. Easy to spend the entire day here. Has an onsite cafe that is not overpriced and even serves beer!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Definitely one of the big must see museums in Ottawa. They often have some great special exhibitions. Excellent anytime of the year. Interesting tidbit of info: the small windows on the fin of the building spell out in Morse code "Lest we forget" and its French equivalent, "N'oublions jamais".

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BARRIE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The museum is well laid out and visitors can walk through the sections and learn as they go. To do the visit justice you need to plan for the better part of the day.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Museum was incredible. We were there 5 hours and we did not want to leave. Very informative, interactive and excellent for every generation. Well worth it.

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