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Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

4.7
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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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  • We found the part of the exhibition focusing on the cold war extremely interesting. If you are going back to the city centre take the opportunity to use the path which goes along the waters edge.  more »
  • Easy to get to and worth while. Lots of parking and easy access to the building. Quite a set up and if your Canadian it will make you proud of our veterans and our country. USA travelers will also be ...  more »
  • Very interesting and informative exhibit. While focusing on Renaissance arms and armour, the display touches on contemporary armour as well. It is just the amount of information, doesn’t take too long...  more »
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  • Loved this place. Very historic. If you are a fan of history, or just wanna learn some things. Come here. They have so much about Canada in wars, and war in general. All the stuff here is all realistic, and breathtaking. Better than a textbook or online. The staff here is great, and there are usually actual war veterans there to answer questions.
  • This is a great place. I loved seeing the tanks and all the other pieces of history from various wars over time. It made me incredibly proud to see first hand bullet ridden cars in which our men and women in uniform withstood to promote peace all over the world. May God bless them and their families
  • First of all I don't know much about military, their history and their weapons. From a tourist stand point this is a very good attraction because there is so much to see. Lots of artifacts old weapons and decommissioned tanks and warplanes The building itself is built like a large cement bunker. The decor makes you feel like you're in a war zone. Things are well organized and packed together so no awkward empty spaces and not boring.
  • The whole family, plus extended family attended together. Surprisingly, the three year old liked it a lot. It is a more varied experience than the aviation museum, and we didn't have to field any weird questions. The little ones were a little uncomfortable about say two things there, but it is easy to not have to stand in any one place long. One thing I didn't like was how hard it was to find a member of our party once we separated. The layout makes sense, otherwise. I just dont like that the balcony is only available from deep in area 3. It would be helpful if there were a little short cut to get there and back. It would be asking a lot to change that. Staff are nice.
  • What a great museum if you want to know about Canada's involvement in various wars over the last couple of centuries. Great interactive exhibits. Make sure you give yourself enough time to fully experience it. They have it set up to experience it in chronological order. A must see if you are interested in history!
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