Canadian War Museum

Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

Canadian War Museum
4.5
Military Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
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Louise D
Stoney Creek, Canada453 contributions
Aug 2021
Due to Covid restrictions we ordered tickets ahead online for museum entrance. We arrived around noon and were still in the museum when they announced closing time several hours later !We couldn't believe we had stayed so long. The displays and information here are simply amazing and so well done. It is well worth a visit but be prepared to stay a while.
Written January 14, 2022
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AngeloPasto
Montreal, Canada108 contributions
Oct 2021
I visited the museum with my wife and son and found it to be a great experience. It's truly a world class museum and the staff was wonderful. The exabits are easy to follow and well exhibited. I must visit when in Ottawa.
Written December 20, 2021
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Lisa D
Toronto, Canada307 contributions
This was my second time at the museum. It is one of my favourites. It is so well-curated. A must see in Ottawa. There was a temporary exhibit about Canadians in WWII which was very good except for one thing. They provide QR codes so that you can read letters and diaries on display BUT....there is no wifi. Zero service....so what is the point of adding QR codes if you can't use them? That was a big disappointment since it is quite difficult to read the hand-written pieces either because of poor lighting or poor penmanship. Boasting wifi reception with routers is a simple solution.
Written December 17, 2021
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britt77
Dartmouth, Canada315 contributions
Oct 2021
Considering the subject matter the museum is outstanding and the displays are very informative.
Quite moving.
Written December 5, 2021
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Roy L
Calgary, Canada6 contributions
Dec 2021
Prepare to spend lots of time here. Great architectural design that guides you to different sections of the museum.
Written December 1, 2021
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Sonia
5 contributions
Nov 2021
A lot of interesting information about Canada that I had not known before. I would definitely recommend a visit. There is a café in the museum as well if anybody wants a sip of tea or a snack.
Written November 25, 2021
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Yvonne H
Oakville, Canada26 contributions
Nov 2021
The museum was laid out in a great way - to get a better understanding of each war.
Arrows kept people going in the correct direction.
Written November 23, 2021
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Jen F
Ladysmith, Canada14 contributions
Nov 2021
The Canadian War Museum was very interesting, sad and uplifting all at the same time. As a daughter to a WWII vet and a mother to two current members I found it very informative and interesting. I have only known the war from the perspective of the British Forces as my father was in the British Army and this museum gave me a perspective that I know little about. The flow is great there are so many interesting artifacts and displays. Give yourself at least three hours to take it all in. Definiately a must see when in Ottawa !
Written November 12, 2021
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LegoDad77
Alert, Canada1,351 contributions
Always a must see if you're in Ottawa. Vets get in for free, same with parking. The underground parking is ample.

The museum was extra busy this time, the busiest I've ever seen, however it was my first time there on Remembrance Day.

They had vets all over to talk to, it was very cool!

The gift shop was also full of cool knick-knacks.

There were plenty of tanks I had never seen there before including the Panther and Panzer II.

Written November 11, 2021
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Jesterinoz
Sydney, Australia220 contributions
Oct 2021
Having been to the Imperial War Museum in London and the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, this is an excellent facility with extensive exhibits. One of the best in the world.
Written October 28, 2021
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Canadian War Museum is open:
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Fri - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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