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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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super little adventure on a rainy day

loved the info in this museum. great price for what you see. we had a rainy day and it was fun do something inside and teach us about our Candian wars.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Hamilton, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

loved the info in this museum. great price for what you see. we had a rainy day and it was fun do something inside and teach us about our Candian wars.

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Ottawa, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

If you are a military buff; one of the best museum to visit and learn about Canada's history. Free indoor parking (nice and warm on a cold day) if you are serving or ex-military and free access for 2 guests. Great helpful staff. Well worth a visit. You can easily spend a whole day if it's your interest.

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Port Hope, Canada
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106 reviews 106 reviews
26 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We went with our two boys, 8 & 10. I'm very interested in history and expected to enjoy the museum. The entire family wound up really enjoying it too. The various exhibits were well laid out, interactive and realistic. One section that described the various types of gasses used in battle had small stations were visitors could sample simulated odours... More 

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Ottawa
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33 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I've visited a few war museums around the world, and quickly realized that Ottawa has one of the best. This is a state of the art and modern facility with diverse exhibitions and interactive spaces. The information and artifacts are endless, but presented in a way that you can just browse or read every word. The artifacts are integrated within... More 

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Cardinal, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I love this museum. The displays are very interesting and it opens your eyes to what not only our soldiers but family members went through. Some of the walk through displays make you feel like you are actually there. Very moving. I would certainly recommend this museum for anyone who is interested in history. Take your time and go through... More 

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Whitby, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Great exhibits, very informative. Interesting looking architecture. Closes at 5 PM most days but Thursday it's open till 8PM and after 4PM it's free!

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nj
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We walked from downtown in Feb, a bit of a hike with kids. Restaurant closes early but good facilities

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Ontario's Thousand Islands, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

I was impressed that first off all anyone who had worked for Canadian Forces got free entry for all in their party. I think that is amazing and a real "thank you" to the troops. We enjoyed the special exhibit on Flanders, very moving to see an original John McRae handwritten copy of "In Flanders Fields". My kids got a... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

The Canadian War Museum is outstanding and poignant. When we visited the temporary exhibit was on Flanders and was excellent with good displays on the key battles like Ypres as well as chemical warfare and of course the Iconic John McCrae poem. The permanent exhibit of military vehicles has lots of WW2 tanks and was augmented with signs indicating vehicles... More 

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Mt Pearl, NL, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I travelled on business and am not much of a museum person, but I enjoyed this museum. It is huge and you need hours to see it all properly. I enjoyed seeing all the tanks and war items the most. Nice museum and entertaining for hours. Well worth a visit.

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