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Canadian War Museum

Canadian War Museum

1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, K1A 0M8

The Basics

Explore Canada’s extensive military history and the stories of its soldiers, told via photos, interactive displays, artifacts, personal tales, and special temporary exhibitions. Permanent collections include Early Wars in Canada, the Second World War, From the Cold War to the Present, Memorial Hall, and Regeneration Hall. Don’t miss the Royal Canadian Legion Hall of Honour to learn about burial practices throughout history or the Military Technology Collection, where artillery vehicles and fighter jets are on display.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Ottawa

star-4
Historical war overview was interesting
Green, Sep 2021
Canadian War Museum Admission
We went and read most of the information and watched some video shorts. This will take 3 hours or so. Historical war section was very interesting.
star-5
Excellent. Will go again.
Margarita, Sep 2021
Canadian War Museum Admission
The displays were well presented and interesting. I also thought that having different sections was easier to walk through and learn more.
star-4
WW2 world
Kerry_S, Sep 2021
Canadian War Museum Admission
WW2 and war of 1812. We like the RCAF part in the women’s role in the war and away from the war.Lineups for a world war two part three but we missed the room with the vehicles and there was no signage that we saw directing us to the front of the building for that tour. Otherwise it was great
star-5
Ottawa visit
Gordon_H, Sep 2021
Canadian War Museum Admission
We took our two grandsons and they were enthralled with the whole experience. One of the best war/military museums i have ever visited. Personally it was my third visit and I still found lots of new things to explore.
star-5
Informative
Jehann_D, Aug 2021
Canadian War Museum Admission
Very informative and friendly staff. Took my wife and 2 kids (5 and 3). So much stuff to take in and read so better to have waited till the kids were older. My kids did enjoy all the tanks and equipment.
star-5
2021-07-28
Cyril_T, Jul 2021
Canadian War Museum Admission
Excellent collection of items from all ages ! All the vehicules and weapons are in a perfect state of conservation.
star-5
Amazing
Norma_M, Jul 2021
Canadian War Museum Admission
Amazing place!! Emotional experience! Had my grandson with me, such a good experience for him. Disappointed that the museum closed at 4. Could of stayed for a few more hours.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Canadian War Museum is a must-see for military and history buffs.

  • Book and print tickets in advance to save time at the admissions desk.

  • Admission is free on Thursdays from 4pm to 8pm.

  • The on-site café offers breakfast and lunch items in a lovely modern setting.

  • A museum guide is available online and on-site in English, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish.

  • The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, both of which are available for hire at the information desk.

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How to Get There

The Canadian War Museum is at 1 Vimy Place, a short distance from Parliament Hill. It's accessible from downtown by public transportation, taxi, foot, or bicycle—in fact, the museum offers easy access to walking and cycling paths along the Ottawa River that lead to other Ottawa attractions. Paid parking is available at the museum.

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When to Get There

The Canadian War Museum is typically open daily from 9:30am to 5pm, and until 8pm on Thursdays, when admission is free between 4pm and close. The museum hosts special events and traveling exhibits on an ongoing basis; check online for the current schedule. Note that summer festivals may disrupt museum access and hours.

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The Canadian War Museum Building

Opened in 2005, the low-slung, angular concrete building—which was designed to capture the severe look of a bunker—blends seamlessly into a hillside and conveys solemnity. Its unique green roof is a self-sustaining ecosystem comprising 11,500 square feet (10,684 square meters) of tall grass.

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