We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 800-555-5621
09:30 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Thu 09:30 - 20:00
Fri - Wed 09:30 - 17:00

The Canadian War Museum is more than a museum that is internationally...

The Canadian War Museum is more than a museum that is internationally renowned for its symbolic architecture; it is synonym for inspiring and touching stories. Canada's rich military history is showcased through personal stories, artwork, photographs and interactive presentations. Tour the extensive permanent exhibitions and expand your knowledge of the conflicts that shaped Canada, Canadians and the world, as well as the roll Canadians played in them.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Ottawa City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
More Info
and up
2-Hour Ottawa Express City Bike Tour
More Info
and up
Best of Ottawa Bike Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 3,184 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 2138
  • 602
    Very good
  • 80
  • 16
  • 9
Excellent displays, great rainy day activity for kids

We go a couple of times a year, great displays, we love the huge room at the lower level with the "hands on" (commissionaires will shoo you a little, but you can still get up... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Add Photo Write a Review

3,184 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 2,845: English reviews
Level Contributor
63 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We go a couple of times a year, great displays, we love the huge room at the lower level with the "hands on" (commissionaires will shoo you a little, but you can still get up close and personal) collection or tanks artillery pieces etc.

Thank KevinFromOttawa
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
548 reviews
365 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent about 4.5 hours in this museum while on a visit to Ottawa. This museum is very large and its architecture has gotten lots of acclaim. It looks like a bunker from the outside. This design means that your cell phones may not work while you are there. I could only text with mine and could not make phone... More 

Thank 2torontotraveller
Kitchener, Canada
Level Contributor
64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

the war Museum was very informative - excellent interactive displays - LOTS of walking so plan on spending some time here --- the Cafe has some *pup* like items and is reasonably prices

Thank Bemerry05
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of interesting history and war artifacts. Everything is well displayed and lots of room to move. Entrance fee is fair.

Thank Antonella C
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you are interested in learning of Canada at war, this is the place to go. lots of equipment to see used during the wars. employee's are more than eager to tell stories of actions during wars Canada was involved in. Great place to visit.

Thank algerj2016
Ontario, Canada
Level Contributor
19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can spend many hours here, very informative and a bit depressing. The museum is broken into the different war times. Would recommend seeing.

Thank KerryBlue17
Oakville, Canada
Level Contributor
113 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is bright and interesting and engaging. It is just the right size and would be of tremendous benefit to high school students to visit as a come to life history lesson. The only drawback is the price and the absurd parking situation. It is a museum in the middle of empty space and parking should not be charged... More 

Thank ChinookTravel_12
Dorval, Canada
Level Contributor
14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a must see museum.....very educational and makes you think about what actually took place in the past. Make sure you have lots of time to see everything.

Thank Turtlelady1963
Mill Bay, Canada
Level Contributor
35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I spent 3 hours touring the country's early wars and WW1 and only had time to glance at the rest. This is one of the finest museums I have ever seen--well researched, many interactive displays, sensitive, and informative. Some of it is difficult to learn about, but that's because of the subject matter. The audio components are in English and... More 

Thank Kennedy56
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is simply fantastic. I visit the place every time I go to Ottawa. The displays change and are interesting to all ages. It takes a good day to cover everything but you could scoot through the place in two hours. If you want to read everything and watch all of the video then you might even need a... More 

Thank Penile

Travellers who viewed Canadian War Museum also viewed


Been to Canadian War Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Canadian War Museum and other visitors
5 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from Canadian War Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?