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Widowed wives and orphaned children, munitions workers and conscientious objectors — the effects of the Great War reached beyond the battlefields of Europe to change the very fabric of Canadian society. The Home Front, 1917, a new module of the First World War permanent exhibition, explores the war’s consequences in Canada, including women’s suffrage, prohibition, income tax and the bitter conscription crisis.
The artifact collections of Canada’s national museums of human and military history are used primarily for exhibitions and for research by museum curators and outside scholars. But here’s a little-known fact: the collections are also an invaluable resource for sculptors, painters and other members of Canada’s creative community. The most prominent example is the Valiants Memorial in Ottawa.
Ypres. Passchendaele. These First World War Belgian battlefields may be far from Canada, yet they have become part of our collective memory. The Canadian War Museum’s new exhibition, Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory vividly illustrates how Canadian soldiers in Belgium adapted to the war’s terrible battlefield conditions — including poison gas.
Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thur: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sat & Sun: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Place
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8