Canadian War Museum Tours
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The Canadian War Museum is an architecturally unique building showcasing the history of Canada’s past conflicts. Honoring those who have served the country and putting focus on the topics of regeneration and building a better future, this Ottawa museum is home to themed exhibits, historical artifacts, and military tools, weapons, and vehicles.
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. Inside, Canada’s extensive military history and the stories of its soldiers are told through photos, interactive displays, artifacts, personal stories, 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. Visit the past in the Royal Canadian Legion Hall of Honour to learn about burial practices throughout history, and return to the present in the Military Technology Collection, where artillery vehicles and fighter jets are on display.
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, motorized, wheelchairs, and strollers, all of which are available at the information desk.
How to Get There
The Canadian War Museum is at 1 Vimy Place, a short distance from Parliament Hill. It is 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.
When to Get There
The Canadian War Museum is open daily from 9:30am to 5pm, and until 8pm on Thursdays. 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.
Address: 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada
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4 Tours and Activities to Experience Canadian War Museum
A visit to the Canadian War Museum is your opportunity to learn about the contribution of Canada and its military to many conflicts in Canadian history, and how we commemorate the accomplishments and the loss. Spend as much time as you need exploring the rare and historically important artifacts, uniforms, vehicles, art, and memorabilia that make up the 3 million pieces in the collections.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Should I book Canadian War Museum tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Canadian War Museum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 4 Canadian War Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Canadian War Museum 2021?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Canadian War Museum costs USD 15.51. Guided Canadian War Museum tours start around USD 15.51 per person. See all 4 Canadian War Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
What's the best way to experience Canadian War Museum?
The best ways to experience Canadian War Museum are:
- Canadian War Museum Admission
- Ottawa Highlights 3.5 Hour Bike Tour
- Ottawa Spring Tulip Festival Bike Tour
- Best of Ottawa Neighbourhoods & Nature Bike Tour
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