Canadian War Museum
Canadian War Museum
4.5
Military MuseumsPoints of Interest & LandmarksHistory Museums
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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  • Linda S
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 31 August 2023
  • siddy666
    Montreal, Canada335 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 8 September 2023
  • nwaynesworld
    2,288 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 8 October 2023
  • Gardiner W
    Vancouver, Canada453 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 12 December 2023
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,822 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
In early May, online tickets are not needed. We easily bought our tickets at the museum. We stayed all day - 6-7 hours. Cafe serves lunch foods from the grill (like perogies $12), soup ($7-8), cold sandwiches $10), salads ($10), and drinks. We sat inside at a table with a view of the Ottawa River, but tables outside too. Visitors can walk along the river over a bridge for a closer view of the Ottawa Falls. The roof display doesn't open until July. Lockers are available for $1, nonrefundable, or leave jackets in the room on hangers without security.

The museum was a short walk from our hotel ( Hilton Garden Inn downtown) and we passed by another attraction, the Holocaust Memorial, on our way there. The Pimisi tram stop is also nearby as is a stop for bus #85.

The displays about war in Canada progress from early times to present day, all organized chronologically into 4 galleries and all on one floor. The brochure suggests about 45 minutes in each gallery and the war machinery area downstairs. Labelling is bilingual with English first and French second since the museum is located in Ontario not Quebec. Sounds of war drift the air throughout the galleries and each is on the dim side due to a lack of windows and dependance on spotlights. Displays in each gallery were varied from uniforms, rifles, bow and arrows, paintings, maps, photographs and so on - never a dull moment with this variety - and each well explained.

For 20th C wars, the focus is on Canadian participation so it was a surprise to see Hitler's black convertible on display. Downstairs, tanks (Russian,German, British, American - lots of them), motorcycles, missile shooters, jeeps, trucks - an array of 20th C war machinery - were on display inside in a weather protected heated area and accessible by elevator or stairs.

I enjoyed the first gallery the most with its focus on the early war years in Canada with the French against the indigenous population and visa versa and also as their ally against the 13 colonies and their indigenous allies. The painting showing the murder of the French Missionary Brebeuf by the Huron natives was chilling to view especially as one could see the captors' knives being heated in the glowing fire before being stabbed into the priest's flesh.
Written 19 May 2024
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fcgg
Fort Lauderdale, FL231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
A very interesting take on the wars of the world from the point of view of Canadian involvement.
Lots of wonderful material, memorabilia, and equipment, extremely well presented.
Written 29 April 2024
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Trevor S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Amazing experience.
Walking into this experience immediately gives you the feeling of humility.
The large, over sized walls and rooms set the tone for the rest of the facility.
The displays are as educational as they are entertaining, teaching while engaging.
We were told to expect to spend a couple of hours touring through the exhibits and we were there for over 4.
Would highly recommend this stop for anyone wanting to see some Canadian and world history.
I feel a newfound respect for those who served in every facet.
Written 4 April 2024
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Athena
500 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is one of the most interesting museums from how much thought has been put into everything. There is a reason and meaning to every element from architecture to design to placement of elements. Everyone we have taken here has left truly impressed.
Written 28 March 2024
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Bobs-big-vacation
Caerphilly, UK351 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a very impressive museum by a global standard and the most impressive war museum.
However, as a British visitor of many years, it was so educational about Canadian history and the growth of a nation. Moreover, it was a revelation to see the part that Canada has played in world wars and global peace keeping that has been overlooked by Eurocentric story telling and movies.
The space afforded exhibits and multi-dimensional media and artefacts is truly world class.
This is a highly recommended museum and should be factored into any Ottawa visit.
Written 18 March 2024
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Tanner L
Airdrie, Canada40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Canada War Museum has a massive and comprehensive collection of Canadian military history facts and artifacts to share from early indigenous tribal warfare to modern day contributions.
A word of warning, though - an earlier CWM description recommends 2 1/2 - 3 hours to visit; if you are one that reads every panel and views every exhibit, give yourself 1 1/2 to a 2 days to take it all in.
My trip to Ottawa from Calgary had a primary focus on visiting the Canada War Museum and it made the trip well worth it!
Written 27 February 2024
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Gardiner W
Vancouver, Canada453 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 12 December 2023
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wayne p
Edmonton, Canada264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 6 November 2023
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nwaynesworld
Nova Scotia2,288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 8 October 2023
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Shane B
Brisbane Region, Australia56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 8 October 2023
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