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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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  • Biggest official institution, this museum obviously lack of boldness and content, especially if you went first. Of course, there is a permanent exhibition which tells the story of the war on the territory or involving Canadians. Attention. Here, we go to the shorter... Temporary exhibitions are often informative and the artifact without information to contextualize them. In short, rather ride a bike on the bike path just next door!
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  • The War Museum is a must if you are visiting Ottawa or if you live there. The museums layout is perfect!! So much information.  more »
  • We visiting a War Museum frequently, every time when we have visitors for holidays from Europe and with our grandson as every year he is getting older and can learn more and remember more about Canadi...  more »
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  • This is one of the finest war museums I have visited anywhere. It explores the entire history of Canadian soldiers on Canadian soil and abroad (pre- and post-Confederation). There are hundreds of tanks and pieces of military equipment on display. Using photos, recordings and interactive games, visitors can learn about each period of history. There are trenches to walk through, a piece of the Berlin Wall you can touch, Adolph Hitler’s chilling limousine, and hundreds of expertly researched information displays. This is a must-see attraction.
  • Good integrated exhibits describing the Canadian experience in war with a good amount of artifacts (including Hitler's car). A lot of the reading material seems dated and certain exhibits were falling apart. The central exhibit section could definitely stand to use an update. There's a fair bit of glorification of war going on here, so those who are opposed may be advised to stay away. As well, there's a section containing a good variety of the tanks Canada has used which is impressive.
  • A museum is hard to rate in just one visit. I have been to the Canadian War Museum 3 or 4 times now and I still haven't been able to see everything. On top of that, every time I visit, there is a new exhibit that wasn't there the last time! It is really fun and entertaining to be in this museum. If you go on the right days, there are even veterans scattered around the rooms talking about their experience with some of the equipment and campaigns displayed. Everyone is friendly and I encourage anyone that is going to visit to not rush; if you have to go back more than once, you will be thankful because you will get to experience the museum for its entirety, not just a couple of the 'flashy' exhibits.
  • The museum is very well presented. They touching all periods and topics in a very sensitive but insightful way. We took an 8year old round. Very interactive for her and she was extremely interested. We spent a good 5 hours there and could have spent even longer.
  • Wow. Magnificent and sad at the same time. Wept at the picture of Highway of Heroes. Everyone should visit. It's informative and the displays are excellent. Great artifacts,stories and facts. Great job!

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For the best access to restaurants and shops, stay in the historic central neighborhood of ByWard Market, where you can choose from a range of comfortable hotels. Options also abound just south of the canal in Centretown, where you can enjoy easy access to the best attractions in Ottawa. You can explore the city's diverse heritage by staying in one of its many cultural hubs--Chinatown, Little Italy, and Quartier Vanier offer a distinctive taste of China, Italy, and France respectively.
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