Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

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Address: 1 Vimy Pl, Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8, Canada

Phone: +1-8005555621

Ticket Price: 28 USD

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Time Required: 01:30 Hrs

Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

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About Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

The Canadian War Museum was built in 1880 and houses a colossal collection of over 50,0000 items that portray all the aspects of the history Canadian Military. The permanent collection includes the stories of the wars fought on Canadian land, the Cold War, the Second World War, the South African War and other operations. The collection of jet aircrafts, motorcycles, tanks and naval weapons are one of the many highlights of the museum.

Other highlights include:

  • Audi-visual displays of wars
  • Uniforms, weapons, medals, aircrafts and war- art among other historic items.
  • Regeneration Hall exhibits
  • Memorial Hall exhibits

Canadian War Museum Ticket Prices

General Admission:


  • 1 Museum: $15
  • 2 Museums: $23
  • 1 Museum + 1 Cine + film: $20
  • 2 Museums + 1 Cine + film: $28
  • Guided Tour: $ 3


  • 1 Museum: $13
  • 2 Museums: $20
  • 1 Museum + 1 Cine + film: $18
  • 2 Museums + 1 Cine + film: $25
  • Guided Tour: $ 3


  • 1 Museum: $11
  • 2 Museums: $16
  • 1 Museum + 1 Cine + film: $16
  • 2 Museums + 1 Cine + film: $21
  • Guided Tour: $ 3

Child (3-12 years):

  • 1 Museum: $9
  • 2 Museums: $13
  • 1 Museum + 1 Cine + film: $14
  • 2 Museums + 1 Cine + film: $18
  • Guided Tour: $ 3

Family (5 persons- Maximum 2 Adults):

  • 1 Museum: $36
  • 2 Museums: $56
  • 1 Museum + 1 Cine + film: $56
  • 2 Museums + 1 Cine + film: $76
  • Guided Tour: $ 3

Fees is subjected to change. For more information, visit the official website. 

Free Admission:

  • At all times for Members and volunteers (except CINÉ+)
  • Every Thursday from 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm (General Admission)
  • Canada Day (July 1)
  • Remembrance Day (November 11)
  • For a single attendant accompanying a person with a disability. Details available at the Museum Box Office.
  • The Canadian War Museum offers free admission to past and present Canadian military personnel.

Canadian War Museum Opening and Closing Hours

Museum Hours: 

  • Hours subject to change.
  • Statutory holidays falling within this period follow the above hours of operation.
  • Exceptions: December 24- 9:30 am to 2.00 pm, December 25- Closed & January 9 to 13, 2017- Closed for the Museum’s Annual Maintenance.


  • Monday to Wednesday: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
  • Thursday: 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
  • Friday: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 am to 5.00 pm


  • Monday to Wednesday: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm
  • Thursday: 8.00 am to 7.00 pm
  • Friday: 8.00 am to 4.00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 am to 4.00 pm

Military Research Centre:

  • Tuesday to Friday: 10.00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Monday, Saturday and Sunday: Closed
  • The Military History Research Centre will be open by appointment only in December. It will be closed January 4-8, 2016 and on statutory holidays. Dates will change every year. For more information, visit the official website. 

How To reach Canadian War Museum by Public Transport

  • By Bus: Booth / Vimy Place
  • By Taxi
  • By renting a Car/ Bicycle.
  • On foot


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Canadian War Museum, Ottawa Reviews

  • This is one of the finest war museums I have visited anywhere. It explores the entire history of Canadian soldiers on Canadian soil and abroad (pre- and post-Confederation). There are hundreds of tanks and pieces of military equipment on display. Using photos, recordings and interactive games, visitors can learn about each period of history. There are trenches to walk through, a piece of the Berlin Wall you can touch, Adolph Hitler’s chilling limousine, and hundreds of expertly researched information displays. This is a must-see attraction.

  • This should be a MUST visit when in Ottawa. The displays here go well beyond expectations. It includes engaging information on All conflicts involving Canadians. This is a MUST to see for all young and old you will leave with so much more knowledge of these events. Definitely allot at least 4 hours and even then you will not see everything.

  • Good integrated exhibits describing the Canadian experience in war with a good amount of artifacts (including Hitler's car). A lot of the reading material seems dated and certain exhibits were falling apart. The central exhibit section could definitely stand to use an update. There's a fair bit of glorification of war going on here, so those who are opposed may be advised to stay away. As well, there's a section containing a good variety of the tanks Canada has used which is impressive.

  • A great place to know the military history of Canada. The exhibition areas are well organized and divided. Follow the arrows kn the ground and you would find the visiting route quite enjoyable.

  • A museum is hard to rate in just one visit. I have been to the Canadian War Museum 3 or 4 times now and I still haven't been able to see everything. On top of that, every time I visit, there is a new exhibit that wasn't there the last time! It is really fun and entertaining to be in this museum. If you go on the right days, there are even veterans scattered around the rooms talking about their experience with some of the equipment and campaigns displayed. Everyone is friendly and I encourage anyone that is going to visit to not rush; if you have to go back more than once, you will be thankful because you will get to experience the museum for its entirety, not just a couple of the 'flashy' exhibits.

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