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Canadian War Museum

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Canadian War Museum (CWM) (French: Musée canadien de la guerre) is Canada's national museum of military history. Located in Ottawa, Ontario, the museum covers all facets of Canada's military past, from the first recorded instances of death by armed violence in Canadian history several hundred years ago to the country's most recent involvement in conflicts. It includes major permanent exhibitions on wars that have been fought on Canadian soil, the total wars of the twentieth century, the Cold War and peace support operations abroad, and Canada's history of honouring and remembrance. There is also an open storage area displaying large objects from the Museum's collection, from naval guns to tanks, from motorcycles to jet aircraft. The exhibits depict Canada's military past in its personal, national and international dimensions, with special emphasis on the human experience of war and the manner in which war has affected, and been affected by, Canadians' participation.


Much of the Museum's public exhibition space is devoted to its Canadian Experience Galleries. These displays underline the profound effect that war has had on Canada's development and the significant role Canadians have played in international conflicts. Their content is a rich mixture of some 2,500 objects from war art to armoured vehicles, as well as scores of audio-visual displays and many hands-on activities. A changing program of temporary or special exhibitions, plus public programs and special events, complement the experience offered in the permanent galleries. The CWM also houses the Military History Research Centre, a leading library and archival research facility, and a large collection of some 500,000 artifacts, including uniforms, medals, weapons, war art, aircraft, military vehicles and artillery.

Points Of Interest

The Canadian War Museum contains several permanent galleries and other important display spaces.

  • Battleground: Wars on Our Soil, from earliest times to 1885
  • For Crown and Country: The South African and First World Wars, 1885–1931
  • Forged in Fire: The Second World War, 1931–1945
  • A Violent Peace: The Cold War, Peacekeeping and Recent Conflicts, 1945 to the present
  • The Royal Canadian Legion Hall of Honour
  • LeBreton Gallery
  • Regeneration Hall
  • Memorial Hall
  • War Art Collection
  • Military History Research Centre

Map & Directions

Contact & Address

Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Place
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0M8

Telephone: 1-800-555-5621


GPS address:
"Canadian War Museum", or
1 Vimy Place, Ottawa

Latitude: 45.4171898
Longitude: -75.7168261

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