If you're in the national capital for a few days then this is one place worth paying a visit for a number of reasons. I was impressed to see so many school kids being brought through here as it will hopefully provide them some insight into he sacrifices made to form the country we enjoy today.
Firstly if you're serving or retired from the service you will be given free tickets at the desk. Park in the underground parking and you will be given a coupon to pay for that parking when you leave. As with most underground parking you push the button and take your ticket upon entry. When you leave you will put your entry ticket in first, then your coupon ticket, and the gate will open for you to leave. I mention this as I couldn't see directions and had troubles getting out :) first your ticket when you entered, then your coupon ticket to pay :) You will also receive a free lunch from the cafeteria which I think is is an extremely gracious gesture towards those who are or have served. In addition to this, you may bring 2 guests with you at no charge. Thank-You to the directors for these gracious gestures, it is appreciated.
Now as for the museum itself, I was surprised by the extent of content it is holding as well as the detail of that content. It is expansive and offers a great deal of Canadian history dating all the way back to Canada's settlement and first interaction with the native population. This is an impressive Museum as you follow through time the conquest, battles, wars, peace, through to present. If you're a history buff or have served then I recommend no less than 4 hrs to go through as you will be amazed at how quickly time passes as you study the details and possibly remember your own history...I will be going back but now I will go in the morning so I can spend the whole day.
An accomplishment to be proud of and one I'm sure will be enjoyed by many.
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