Canadian War Museum reopens on July 17!

July 13, 2021


Ottawa, Ontario, July 13, 2021 — Mark your calendars — the War Museum reopens as of 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 17. The Museum will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and until 7 p.m. on Thursdays. We are thrilled to welcome visitors back with extensions to the exhibitions Forever Changed – Stories From the Second World War and Liberation! Canada and the Netherlands, 1944–1945.

World Press Photo – Exhibition 2021 will also be presented as of July 23. This exhibition inspires an understanding of the world through creative and quality photojournalism. This year, 159 photographs represent images of everyday life and headline news, including those captured during recent and ongoing conflicts. The photographs build upon the Museum’s own exhibitions about post-Cold War conflict, and underline how these events continue to shape the world. The exhibition will be presented in the Barney Danson Theatre until August 15, 2021. Access to the exhibition is included with Museum admission.

We are delighted to announce that Forever Changed – Stories From the Second World War has been extended until September 5, 2022. Developed by the Canadian War Museum to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, this exhibition weaves together a diverse range of personal stories with 175 compelling artifacts to explore the personal experience of war across Canada and around the world.

Liberation! Canada and the Netherlands, 1944–1945 is a panel exhibition that pairs powerful photographs with archival items to showcase key events of the liberation and personal stories that highlight the enduring connection between the two nations. This exhibition has also been extended to September 5, 2022.

Visitors will also be able to tour the galleries. The four Canadian Experience Galleries examine Canada’s military history from early wars on our soil to 21st-century conflicts around the world. The popular LeBreton Gallery displays one of the most extensive collections of military hardware and technology in the country. Canada’s rich history of honouring and remembrance is presented in the moving Royal Canadian Legion Hall of Honour.

For the safety and comfort of all visitors, Memorial Hall remains temporarily closed. The Museum’s Café and dining area will open on July 21. Vending machines featuring snacks and cold beverages are available. The Gift Shop is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and until 7 p.m. on Thursday. To ensure a safe and memorable experience for all, safety measures are still in place.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to book their tickets online in advance. Admission on site without a pre-booked ticket is available only on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Museum will also continue to present rich and dynamic digital offerings at Check back often for updates or follow us on our social media channels.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or are not feeling well, please postpone your visit until you are feeling better.

The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history. Its mission is to promote public understanding of Canada’s military history in its personal, national and international dimensions. Work of the Canadian War Museum is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.

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