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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Canadian War Museum Reviews
Excellent! This museum is a great exhibit of Canada’s military contributions throughout history. From a central area you can choose different paths to follow that take you through different eras (recommend time needed to complete each room is given on the map). There is lots to see and do for people of all ages. As well, the museum hosts special exhibits a few times a year. These exhibits are always interesting and worth visiting. The last one I saw (Highlander exhibit) was fabulous! It displayed different weapons, dress, art, etc. and traced the history right up to present day. I’ll be looking forward to the next special exhibit!
This is my absolute favorite museum! I could have spent the whole day there! It was super interactive, beyond informative, and overall the thought and detail put into every step you take is just incredible. I would really recommend for older kids and up verses young toddlers just because of the amount of information and some noises throughout. The memorabilia is outstanding. Every staff we came in contact with had so much knowledge. And my favorite part was the staff who served in the military were walking around and interacting with guests. The museum is worth every penny. I would pay double the price for this place!
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