Canadian War Museum

Telling the story of how our country has been shaped by conflict, the Canadian War Museum is truly a national treasure that every Canadian, and visitor who wishes to better understand Canada, should visit. This world-class museum preserves our national heritage by telling the stories of all Canadians affected by war, and by honouring the sacrifices of those who have served our country. 

There are four galleries which house permanent exhibitions:

  • Battleground: Wars of the First Peoples, the French and the British on Canadian soil (earliest times-1885)
  • For Crown and Country: South African and First World Wars (1885-1931)
  • Forged in Fire: Second World War (1931-1945) 
  • A Violent Peace: Cold War, Peace Keeping, Recent Conflicts (1945- Present)

Other highlights include:

  • Lebreton Gallery-The Military Technology Collection: This large collection of military vehicles and artillery is sure to impress any visitor 
  • Memorial Hall: In honour of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, the Memorial Hall offers a quiet place for reflection in front of the headstone of Canada’s Unknown Soldier
  • New exhibitions: An ever- changing display of temporary exhibitions explore various themes of conflict, as represented through art, photographs, artifacts and more. There are always new stories and perspectives to be explored at the Canadian War Museum.
  • And much more!

Housed in one of the most architecturally unique structures in Ottawa, the building is reflective of the museum themes. This includes the green roof with a self-sustaining ecosystem, symbolizing regeneration and hope. The museum also houses a research centre, gift shop, and cafeteria to complete your visit. 

Your visit to the Canadian War Museum will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the Canada’s military past, and the freedom we now enjoy.  

1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, ON, K19 1C2

Tel: (819) 776 - 8600

Mon - Wed: 9:30am - 6:00pm

Thurs: 9:30am - 8:00pm

Fri - Sun: 9:30am - 6:00pm