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Canadian War Museum

Address: 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada
Phone Number: +1 819-776-7000
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Ranked #1 of 119 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
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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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Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I could barely pull my husband away from here after 3.5 hours. There is an excellent collection of military vehicles, and some very knowledgeable volunteers. The exhibits are engaging, informative, and would probably appeal to people of all ages.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Two visits and still not able to complete the entire tour. Outstanding displays. Interactive models and great explanations. Could look up original papers signed by great grandfather enlisting for ww1. Teenagers dogs not get bored but wanted to stay longer.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

If you're visiting Ottawa, I'd recommend this museum. I'd mostly recommend this to people who enjoy history and reading about it. It is not fully interactive. I was not on a guided tour, and I don't know if they offer that either. For being by myself and two friends, I really enjoyed my visit for my first time there. I... More 

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Deux-Montagnes, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

My son and I were a little disappointed that the Museum of Science and Technology was closed but it turned out great. The special exhibit on the mud and gas in Flanders was powerful and moving, especially in the little room where you can overlay sounds of the trenchs and can get a little feel of the chaosof the trenchs.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The Canadian War Museum is a powerful and must see museum when visiting the nation's capitol. It is set in a beautiful location and houses so much history and information about Canada's Armed forces and the contributions made over the years. Each time I go I learn something or get a new perspective on this country I live in: Where... More 

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toronto canada
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

My second visit here and first for my kids (11 and 14) and they loved it. One of the best laid out and informational museums to visit whether you are Canadian or not. The contributions of Canadians over the decades will amaze you. The lower floor has an impressive collection of hardware that made my son swoon. Do not miss... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I am a veteran of the can forces and widely travelled in Europe. This museum is one of the finest in the world. Accessible for all and very well designed. Besides the displays based upon wars or time periods, there is a large vehicle park inside. Military and veterans can have free access if ID is shown. On special occasions,... More 

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

A lot of history to be learnt here, enjoyed the journey. 2nd time around and was still amazed. Don't forget to go on the lowest floor as some very cool tanks are there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

If you aren't from Ottawa, you have to visit this museum before you leave. Absolutely incrediblely done.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Perfect for the whole family. Extremely interesting and well put together. Great location near the downtown core.

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