Canadian War Museum
Canadian War Museum
4.5
Military MuseumsPoints of Interest & LandmarksHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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  • DrJimmy33982
    Fort Myers, Florida87 contributions
    A Very Moving & Educational Experience
    Extremely educational, from a thorough Canadian history perspective. Canadian militaries have always found themselves in a "support" role, but have paid the ultimate sacrifice just as much as the parties they are "supporting". The military hardware section is amazing. After being in this museum, I have come to appreciate the efforts Canada has made in promoting world peace, despite having to take up arms to achieve that goal. The world is a better place because of Canada's global efforts. This is a must see museum, regardless of one's viewpoint towards the use of force; both hawks and doves can learn a lot within these four walls.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 9, 2023
  • Linda S
    12 contributions
    One of the best museums in the world
    This museum is one of the best museums that I have ever visited. And that includes the Smithsonians and museums in England, France, Germany, Czech Republic. My husband and I spent an entire day there. At end of the day, we had to hurry through a few of the exhibits. This museum explained what we were seeing, as well as offering hands on interactive activities. We are not Canadians. I am only stating this because I don’t want anyone to think that non Canadians wouldn’t get much out of a visit. Everyone, from anywhere in the world, can appreciate and learn from the exhibits in this museum. I wouldn’t recommend it for small children, but anyone over 6 or 7 can enjoy this place. The cafe in the museum offers freshly made quiches, as well as other items including salads and soups. There is indoor and outdoor seating. It’s a lovely place to refresh oneself without having to leave the museum.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 31, 2023
  • siddy666
    Montreal, Canada322 contributions
    Extensive and well-presented collection of Canadian War History artifacts
    Highly recommended for both Canadians and tourists to visit. Plan to spend a good 4-5 hours Pros: Impressive tank & artillery collection on bottom floor; American, German, Soviet, Canadian; one the best I've ever seen Some remarkable objects on the main floor for history buffs, including one of Hitler's cars, and a sword from the Plains of Abraham, All exhibit write-ups were very well described both in English and French, along with visuals (videos, images) Really liked having a veteran volunteer walk around the tank area and field questions (and spark curiosity!) from the visitors Underground parking lot Appreciate the fact that washrooms and seating areas were well spaced out throughout the museum A game area for the young ones who aren't that much interested in war history Cons: While taking pictures is allowed, lighting isn't the best for taking photos A bit pricey especially if you include the $13 parking fee; make sure to maximize your time and viewing :) While the exhibits are classified based on the time period; they sometimes become too jumbled up to the point of information overload; one suggestion is to prioritize what you want to see and then look at the rest if time permits Can get quite busy when there are tour groups Some video demonstrations would help better explain the artifacts in the artillery section
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 8, 2023
  • nwaynesworld
    1,857 contributions
    War Museum
    Very good museum. Allow 2 to 3 hours to complete your visit. Underground parking on-site. Great exhibits. At times, it was a bit difficult to navigate. Too many children running around and too much noise.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Gardiner W
    Vancouver, Canada416 contributions
    Lots to see and learn about Canada and conflict over the years
    Who knew? Comprehensive, thought provoking and very much "tell it like it was". Fascinating collections. Particularly liked the historical aspect of the museums offerings....tracing conflict from the earliest days...skirmishes amongst first nations peoples, to contact with European explorers and eventually settlers. And then of course Canada's participation in conflicts over the years...English vs French (the battles of these two great colonial empires), Canadian (comprising English, French and indigenous) with our big neighbour to the south. And then Canadian participation as the loyal British dominion in WW1 and WW2. A lot more history here than most Canadians realize. And if you are a military machinery fan, lots of tanks and armaments to gaze at. You really need 3 -4 hours to do the museum proud..or plan to come back another day. Underground parking ($13..pretty reasonable). The tours I had hoped for not available (staffing shortages) so check first by phone.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written December 12, 2023
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Gardiner W
Vancouver, Canada416 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
Who knew? Comprehensive, thought provoking and very much "tell it like it was". Fascinating collections. Particularly liked the historical aspect of the museums offerings....tracing conflict from the earliest days...skirmishes amongst first nations peoples, to contact with European explorers and eventually settlers. And then of course Canada's participation in conflicts over the years...English vs French (the battles of these two great colonial empires), Canadian (comprising English, French and indigenous) with our big neighbour to the south. And then Canadian participation as the loyal British dominion in WW1 and WW2. A lot more history here than most Canadians realize. And if you are a military machinery fan, lots of tanks and armaments to gaze at. You really need 3 -4 hours to do the museum proud..or plan to come back another day. Underground parking ($13..pretty reasonable). The tours I had hoped for not available (staffing shortages) so check first by phone.
Written December 12, 2023
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wayne p
Edmonton, Canada247 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Outstanding museum very detailed lots of interaction exhibits movies all the gear and vehicles like tanks trucks motorcycles etc... Definitely a must do
Written November 6, 2023
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nwaynesworld
Nova Scotia1,857 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Very good museum. Allow 2 to 3 hours to complete your visit. Underground parking on-site. Great exhibits. At times, it was a bit difficult to navigate. Too many children running around and too much noise.
Written October 8, 2023
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Shane B
Brisbane Region, Australia59 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
If you are a military history buff this is a must do activity. Make sure you start downstairs with the tanks, armoured vehicles, canons etc - a real boys toys area. The whole museum has been put together really well, representing Canada's involvement in a range of wars across history. Some of the displays are interactive, ie. a bombed out WW2 building with kitted up soldiers that you walk through to get to the next exhibit. I did find navigating the museum a little confusing, but I had little time so that could just be me. Hint: Check the website, on Thursdays entry is free between 5-7pm, it closes at 7pm. You need to book on line and collect your ticket on arrival with the booking reference number.
Written October 8, 2023
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siddy666
Montreal, Canada322 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Highly recommended for both Canadians and tourists to visit. Plan to spend a good 4-5 hours

Pros:
Impressive tank & artillery collection on bottom floor; American, German, Soviet, Canadian; one the best I've ever seen
Some remarkable objects on the main floor for history buffs, including one of Hitler's cars, and a sword from the Plains of Abraham,
All exhibit write-ups were very well described both in English and French, along with visuals (videos, images)
Really liked having a veteran volunteer walk around the tank area and field questions (and spark curiosity!) from the visitors
Underground parking lot
Appreciate the fact that washrooms and seating areas were well spaced out throughout the museum
A game area for the young ones who aren't that much interested in war history

Cons:
While taking pictures is allowed, lighting isn't the best for taking photos
A bit pricey especially if you include the $13 parking fee; make sure to maximize your time and viewing :)
While the exhibits are classified based on the time period; they sometimes become too jumbled up to the point of information overload; one suggestion is to prioritize what you want to see and then look at the rest if time permits
Can get quite busy when there are tour groups
Some video demonstrations would help better explain the artifacts in the artillery section
Written September 8, 2023
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Linda S
12 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
This museum is one of the best museums that I have ever visited. And that includes the Smithsonians and museums in England, France, Germany, Czech Republic. My husband and I spent an entire day there. At end of the day, we had to hurry through a few of the exhibits. This museum explained what we were seeing, as well as offering hands on interactive activities. We are not Canadians. I am only stating this because I don’t want anyone to think that non Canadians wouldn’t get much out of a visit. Everyone, from anywhere in the world, can appreciate and learn from the exhibits in this museum. I wouldn’t recommend it for small children, but anyone over 6 or 7 can enjoy this place.

The cafe in the museum offers freshly made quiches, as well as other items including salads and soups. There is indoor and outdoor seating. It’s a lovely place to refresh oneself without having to leave the museum.
Written August 31, 2023
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TigerrsTravel
Burlington, Canada1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
The Museum was very interesting in all of the sections And My son Took A bunch of pictures because he was so interested.Also The Museum Was Well Built And The Military Vehicle Demo Was Very fun.
Written August 21, 2023
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AmarilisVos
Jabbeke, Belgium2,318 contributions
Jul 2023
We visited the museum on July 5. There is a parking lot under the museum (13$ for a day). This is a museum with a lot of text and artifacts. Don't expect big dioramas. We loved an employee's explanation of amputation in the 18th century.
Written August 18, 2023
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A_Rantos
Athens, Greece396 contributions
Aug 2023
I have to admit that I knew next to nothing about the history of Canada and thanks to this museum I now appreciate the contribution of this great nation to world history - especially the WW2!
Very interesting and organized museum - easy to navigate, many details to read if you are interested in a particular artifact or subject. The staff could be the best and most friendly I've ever met in a museum - always ready to help with a smile or...just smile and say "hi"
Overall great place to visit on any day - not just when it rains!
Written August 9, 2023
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Graham m
West Vancouver, Canada23 contributions
The war museum is a very well presented history of the various wars that formed Canada and the two world wars that Canada played such an important role in. Starting with the warring Indian tribes, to the French arrival, the British arrival and the Britain/ French battles with Indian allies. And the war with America that established Canada separate from the US. The basement level with the cannons, artillery and tanks was interesting.

Only complaint was with the lack of ckear signage re the entrance during current construction outside. So if you walk there signage is lacking
Written August 8, 2023
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