Canadian War Museum

Currently Closed
  • Address: 1 Vimy Pl, Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8, Canada
  • Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8005555621
  • Ticket Price: 28 USD
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Museums, Family And Kids, Specialty Museums

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

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.

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. 

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


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  • Canadian War Museum Address: 1 Vimy Pl, Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8, Canada
  • Canadian War Museum Contact Number: +1-8005555621
  • Canadian War Museum Timing: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm
  • Canadian War Museum Price: 28 USD
  • Best time to visit Canadian War Museum(preferred time): 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Canadian War Museum: 01:30 Hrs
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  • 33.9% of people who visit Ottawa include Canadian War Museum in their plan

  • 32.56% of people start their Canadian War Museum visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Canadian War Museum

Monday, Saturday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Canadian War Museum

People normally club together National War Memorial and National Gallery Of Canada while planning their visit to Canadian War Museum.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • We have the opportunity to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and letting up by the sunlight on November 11th at 11 a. M. In the morning this was quite a sight I have to give it to the designers of the war memorial to do such a thing it was amazing we also were taking it back away from the idea that the peace Tower and the way that one step the laughter's one step to the right and peace is no longer visible no this is a very nice idea and I think this should be done more often the symbolism here is a very well done or thing I could say is I wish you could hold some of the more of the weapons it would be wonderful if there was more Hands-On at the war museum I really think that's the only part that they're missing not so great for little kids I think more for one

  • Amazing place to be. Every Canadian must visit and pay their respects. I was here on the Remembrance Day and had the chance to witness the sun light illuminates the tombstone of the unknown soldier precisely at 11 am. It was so powerful, touching and emotional. Tell you the truth i don't think i have words to express it. "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends" - John 15:13

  • By far the best museum I've been to, plenty to see and so much to learn. Special exhibits were very well done and full of things from the war. Tons of displays, very well laid out, guides were very informative. Every exhibit covered something specific and there was more exhibits to see then what we had time for. Great place to take the family, has an area for birthdays, conferences and special events held for such occasions.

  • I didn't choose to go here, it was chosen for me. But I'm glad it was. Intrigued by the building, and the Morse code position of the windows. The interior is also interesting and exhibits captivating. "War what is it good for...? Absolutely nothing "... as the song says. If visiting here helps us to remember that, then it's worth visiting. The 'do it yourself' ( or most of it) cafe is worth a visit.

  • Amazing experience! The exhibits are very well built and there was so much to learn! Definitely a mandatory stop in Ottawa for everyone. The best museum by far in Ottawa.

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