Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

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Canadian War Museum, Ottawa - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

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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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 - Write a Review

  • What an incredible museum! So many authentic pieces of history. We weren't sure if we'd go here or another museum and I think we definitely made the right choice! We arrived at 2:30 and just barely made it through for 5:00. The gift shop closes at the same time as the museum which was the only part that was slightly inconvenient as we had to race through it. However, the rest of the museum is well laid out. I was close to tears at multiple exhibits and the vast amount of information is interesting and fun to read. All in all, I would recommend this museum to anyone and would suggest seeing it if you only have a short time in ottawa. A rainy afternoon well spent!

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  • My family and I have been many times over the years since the museum opened at this location and have consistently been impressed with the quality, accuracy, and reverence displayed in the various exhibits. It is clear that modern sensibilities have influenced the exhibits, but in my opinion it the curators have found a fair balance for the most part. Despite the museum being bigger than the previous location, my one complaint is it needs to be bigger still!

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  • Fantastic museum! From early Canadian conflicts to present day and everything between, there is something to see and learn. Exhibits are well organised and displayed in close proximity to the viewer. Family friendly environment. Reasonably priced in-house restaurant and parking. Located on the Ottawa Path bike/walking system.

  • Amazing museum. Very informative and the exhibits are nicely done. The hanger with all the military vehicle was very cool. This museum makes you think about our history in war and that it hasn't really changed much. War never changes sadly.

  • Such a lovely place. Its perfect for an event, or just to wander around and learn more about canadian war history. Very accessible for all type of groups and persons. The parking and the food are a bit expensive but you can bring a lunch and bus there easily. It’s very interactive for kids too.

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