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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 141 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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Oakville, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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144 reviews 144 reviews
13 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW 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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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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80 reviews 80 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Very thought provoking museum which covers war from the very first days of Canada through to the current day. Lots of well designed exibits with some interactive games. We spent about 3 hours here which is probably the minimum if you really want to read everything and see everything the place has to offer. We chose to walk there and... More

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Windsor, Canada
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85 reviews 85 reviews
56 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

For anyone interested in Canadian history or military history, you have to visit this museum. The amount of information and history they pack into this place is incredible. The museum is put together very well; you begin with the settling of Canada and continue throughout key wars and conflicts Canada was involved in. If you have time to visit only... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Actually visite a few years ago, when they had the special exhibit on WW2 Médicine. Visit on a rainy day! Lacking free parking.

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Macgregor
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

There is so much to see here, that you could spend three days reading the info. Very well done, from past to present. Sad to see all the young men killed.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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75 reviews 75 reviews
26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This museum is simply amazing. And I'm not much of a museum person. I spent six hours here one day (my museum limit is usually two hours). The blend of political history and personal history made the exhibits engaging. I loved the "Did You Know?" presentations as I always learned something I didn't know. I also liked the balance between... More

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Brussels
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120 reviews 120 reviews
26 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

the museum traces the military history and in some way the founding of the Canadian country. It ends with the peacekeeping missions, there is also a hall with armoured vehicles.

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Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We are from Ottawa (lots of museums here), and this is our favourite museum. The history is so well done, and flows nicely by time-line as you walk through the museum. Everything is really easy to read and understand. It is definitely a museum where you will want to take the time to read everything. They have war artifacts there... More

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Stephanie F, Manager at Canadian War Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and for taking the time to share your experience. We strive to provide unique, fun, interactive and quality learning experiences to visitors. Reading comments and feedback from visitors is the best reward for all of us at the Museum. We hope to see you again soon! More

Perth, Australia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

very interesting if you are interested in military history, huge showroom of military vehicles and artillery in basement. I found Boer War & WW1 sections the most interesting.

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