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Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

4.7
#1 of 25 in Museums in Ottawa
Emotional, educational, and enlightening, Canadian War Museum brings to life the stories that shaped Canadian military history. Housed in one of the country's architectural landmarks, the museum displays a comprehensive collection that includes artworks, weapons, military vehicles, uniforms, and other war-related items. Through numerous large multimedia exhibits, including a replica World War I trench, you'll feel immersed in the experience of war. Visit the gallery dedicated to recent conflicts, where an interactive space provokes visitors to form their own conclusions about war and peace. At night, the building's facade lights up with messages spelled out in Morse code. Put Canadian War Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Ottawa itinerary builder app .
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  • Hadn't been there since the move and I like how they have reorganized the museum. Some of the things they now have such as Hitler's car, is very weird to think about. In one way, it's the car of the m...  more »
  • The number 1 thing when going to the war museum is the arcitecture. The thing that i enjoyed most was the bottom floor because you literally have a gallery of every war material you can think of. (jee...  more »
  • Really enjoyed going to his Museum and slowly reading all the interesting things that I didn't know about Canada's Wars and also their involvement with Wars with the United States. It was a wonderful ...  more »
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  • A mandatory stop for anyone interested in Canadian history and a great way to pay tribute to the men and women who got us here. The staff are bilingual and amazingly helpful, especially their research department. They went above and beyond helping me. It should be experienced by every student of history. The collection of military vehicles and mobile armor on the lower floor is impressive.
  • Coolest museum I've ever been to. Very good layout and tons of information. Particularly liked the collection of tanks in the basement. Take your time though - I figured 3 hours would be enough and I was wrong. Spend half a day here if you want to see it thoroughly.
  • Easily my favorite museum in Ottawa. Well presented information, great displays, and their special exhibits are always well done. I also find the staff always very friendly and helpful. I've been to their auditorium on a couple occasions for events. They're very professional and the catering and food is very good.
  • The building itself is perfectly adequate for a war museum. The permanent exposition is straightforward and informative: explanation of different periods and current military artifacts. The special exposition was (not sure if it's always there) about women and photography in the Arab world and was pretty interesting.
  • Nice museum. Just wish was easier to navigate. Always feel like I miss things as there isn't a dedicated path to follow. Surprised military families don't get a discount or free entrance. Only the member does.
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