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Address: 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada
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Thu 09:30 - 20:00
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The Canadian War Museum is more than a museum that is internationally...

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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So much to see and learn..

Highly recommend - on Thursdays, from 5-8pm on weekdays, all museums offer free admission in Ottawa.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jennifer Y
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Malone, New York
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Malone, New York
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Highly recommend - on Thursdays, from 5-8pm on weekdays, all museums offer free admission in Ottawa.

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St. John's, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A day to myself in Ottawa, what should I do? My plan, take all the things I wanted to do and removed all the things my wife wanted to do once she finished work. That left me with a trip to the CWM. It was a great choice, I had an excellent visit. Displays were interesting and well organized (once... More 

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Caledon, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went this past weekend to pay tribute to the fallen troops 100 years ago at Vimy Ridge. The display is a nice homage to the soldiers. There are lots of personal effects on display. The rest of the museum is also informative and nicely arranged into different time periods in Canadian history. It would take at least a couple of... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is my favorite museum in Ottawa. It is very thorough and in depth when going through Canada's history of war. If you only have an hour this is not where you should go, you definetly need a solid 3 to 4 hours to take in and fully appreciate everything this awesome museum has to offer. Only negative is the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ottawa has quite a few well- known museums and this one is among them. It has lots of Intersting information about wars that have happened in Canada.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing history....almost too overwhelming as there is so much to see. I would recommend this to anyone.

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ottawa
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The building's footprint belies it's side-effects everything is in the east wing. It is a wonderful walking tour ----take your time---- for me the real highlight was WW2 and modern tanks, trucks and the like at the lowest level. Compare a Panther tank with a T-34, up close and personal, for example. Don't miss the store on the main floor.... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really impressed by this museum. I have been in several war museums through the world and thought I was going to dig some basic canadian history! Well, i was wrong! It was full with descriptive information since the beginning of canadian history to the present. You would find several tanks! (Sherman and german panther). It's definitely a MUST in Ottawa!... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great opportunity see see Canada's proud military contributions over th past 150 years plus. My only issue was the parking. Conveniently located under the museum, but very pricey and if you want to spend any decent amount of time to view the many displays, you could end up paying more for parking than the admission. It's free parking for... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum offers the classic displays of armour and related military hardware, but it goes way beyond that to address how Canada's involvement in the past centuries hostilities (and some even earlier, Boer War) impacted on Canada and it's people, its place in the world etc. Besides the permanent displays timely displays touching on anniversaires of battles are also mounted... More 

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