Now open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and until 7 p.m. on Thursday.

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Rediscover Your Museum

We can’t wait to see you again!

We are open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and until 7 p.m. on Thursday.

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We’re thrilled to reopen, with access to all of our exhibition spaces

The Canadian War Museum is now open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and until 7 p.m. on Thursday.

We look forward to welcoming you back with in-gallery interpretation, the special exhibitions Forever Changed – Stories From the Second World War and Liberation! Canada and the Netherlands, 1944–1945, the Legion National Foundation’s Poster and Literary Contest Winners 2020, and perennial favourites like the LeBreton Gallery.

General admission for children ages 7 and under is free. Please book your timed admission ticket online. All visitors, including Museum Members, are required to have a ticket.

Following provincial guidelines, and to ensure a safe and memorable experience for all, we are limiting the number of visitors inside the Museum through timed online ticketing. Other safety measures include masks inside the Museum (mandatory for visitors ages 5 and up, but highly recommended for ages 2 and up), signage for physical distancing and increased cleaning.

The Café and dining area are temporarily closed. We do have vending machines featuring snacks and cold beverages.

The Gift Shop is open Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

Parking is available at the regular rates.

For more on what to see and do at the Museum, please scroll down, or plan your visit here.

We can’t wait to see you again!



Exhibitions

All main galleries, with the exception of the Memorial Hall, are open.

For your safety, some interactive elements in the galleries are temporarily unavailable.

The following exhibition list is current as of February 17. Check our exhibitions listing for the most up-to-date offerings.

 

Forever Changed – Stories From the Second World War

Weaving together diverse stories and compelling artifacts, this exhibition brings to life the impact of the Second World War on the lives of Canadians.

A collage of men and women from the Second World War
Forever Changed – Stories from the Second World War

 

Liberation! Canada and the Netherlands, 1944–1945

This wall display showcases key events of the liberation and personal stories that highlight the enduring connection between Canada and the Netherlands.

Dutch civilians celebrating liberation
Photo: George Metcalf Archival Collection. Canadian War Museum 19920085-1384.

 

Legion National Foundation’s Poster and Literary Contest Winners 2020

The winning entries for 2020 — eight posters and two literary pieces — are on display in the Lobby, near the Gift Shop.

Detail of black and white poster
Detail of black and white poster by Shaelyn Lorensen (Abbotsford, British Columbia). © The Royal Canadian Legion

 

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Canadian Experience Galleries

Radiating from a central hub, these four galleries explore the human side of Canada’s military history.

Gallery 1: Early Wars in Canada

A visitor with a cannon
Photo: Canadian War Museum, CWM2020-0027-0005-Dm

Gallery 2: The South African and First World Wars

Museum visitors
Photo: Canadian War Museum, CWM2020-0027-0016-Dm

Gallery 3: The Second World War

Adolf Hitler's parade car
Photo: Canadian War Museum, CWM2020-0027-0022-Dm

Gallery 4: From the Cold War to the Present

Museum visitors
Photo: Canadian War Museum, CWM2020-0027-0023-Dm

 

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Royal Canadian Legion Hall of Honour

This small gallery is dedicated to Canadian traditions of remembrance, and includes the original maquette made for the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Maquette made for the National War Memorial in Ottawa
Photo: Canadian War Museum, CWM2020-0027-0007-Dm

 

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LeBreton Gallery

Featuring military hardware — from tanks and artillery to a fighter jet — this gallery explores the equipment used by Canadian soldiers, from the First World War to 21st-century conflicts.

View of the CF-101 Voodoo Interceptor in LeBreton Gallery
Photo: Canadian War Museum, CWM2020-0027-0014-Dm

 

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Regeneration Hall

Lined with large maquettes of the statues adorning the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France, this space also offers a unique view of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill.

Walter Allward’s maquettes for the statues featured on Canada’s First World War monument at Vimy Ridge
Photo: Canadian War Museum, CWM2020-0027-0011-Dm

 

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Gallery Interpretation

Throughout the Museum’s exhibition spaces, our friendly program interpreters are on hand to enhance your visit with stories and information about certain exhibitions. A different theme is covered in each gallery.

Gallery 1: General Brock’s Tunic and Battlefield Medicine

Gallery 2: The Trench Experience

Gallery 3: Second World War Medals

Gallery 4: Surviving an Improvised Explosive Device Attack

LeBreton Gallery: Spotlight on Military Technology

Note: Gallery interpretations are subject to staff availability, and not all themes are available at all times.

 

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Food Services

The Café and dining area are currently closed. Vending machines featuring snacks and cold beverages are available.

 

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Gift Shop

The Gift Shop is open Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. You can also shop online.

 

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Temporarily Closed / Unavailable

Memorial Hall
Military History Research Centre

Guided Tours

Guided tours will not be offered in February.

School Programs

On-site school programs will not be offered this winter.

 

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