The Museum is now open, guaranteeing new safety measures and offering lots of free summer fun. Join us Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thank you for your interest in the Museum’s summer offer. This week’s tickets are sold out. More tickets will be available next Monday for the week that follows.

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Free Summer Fun For Everyone!

Free Summer Fun

We can’t wait to see you again!

Discover the museum’s summer offer! Open Thursday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Thank you for your interest in the Museum’s summer offer. This week’s tickets are sold out.

More tickets will be available next Monday for the week that follows.

We’re thrilled to be reopening and to offer free summer fun for visitors of all ages.

We look forward to welcoming you back with a variety of outdoor activities, including military vehicles on display and indoor guided tours of the LeBreton Gallery.

The Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. Best of all, general admission will be free throughout the summer. Please book online. Parking and food services are available at the regular rates. All outdoor activities at the Museum will be offered rain or shine, but may be cancelled in the event of extreme heat or thunderstorms.

Following provincial guidelines, and to ensure a safe and rewarding experience for all, we are limiting the number of visitors who can take part in on-site activities with timed online ticketing. Other safety measures that we are implementing include a mandate for masks inside the Museum, signage for physical distancing, increased cleaning and more. Read about our safety measures.

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

We can’t wait to see you again!


Summer Fun at a Glance

 

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Guided Tour of the LeBreton Gallery

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With physical distancing in mind, our experienced program interpreters will take small social groups on a guided tour of some of the Museum’s most iconic spaces.

Beginning in the Museum Lobby, the tour proceeds down Commissionaires Way, with its wall of aircraft nose art, and then takes in the vehicles and artillery in the LeBreton Gallery. Next, visitors are guided through Regeneration Hall and its spectacular Vimy Memorial Sculptures, before a final stop in the Royal Canadian Legion Hall of Honour.

Access is on a first-come, first-served basis for visitors within their two-hour timed admission ticket. Tours leave from the Museum Lobby. Each tour lasts approximately 30 minutes and is limited to a maximum of nine people. Physical distancing will be maintained between social groups and masks are mandatory.

With our timed online ticketing, tickets are limited and are available in two-hour blocks. We highly recommend that you book online to secure your spot. You can book your tickets for free general admission as early as Monday of the week you would like to visit. Book your free general admission online today.

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LeBreton Gallery. Photo: Canadian War Museum.

 

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Military Vehicle Demonstrations

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Feel the rumble of massive engines and experience history in motion. See live demonstrations of a selection of historical vehicles from the Museum’s military technology collection.

Access is on a first-come, first-served basis for visitors within their two-hour timed admission ticket. Physical distancing measures will be implemented for a maximum of 50 visitors per performance. Demonstrations will take place outside in the North Plaza at 10:15 a.m. and 12:45 and 2:45 p.m. The schedule is subject to change without notice.

With our timed online ticketing, tickets are limited and are available in two-hour blocks. We highly recommend that you book online to secure your spot. You can book your tickets for free general admission as early as Monday of the week you would like to visit. Book your free general admission online today.

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Military Vehicle Demonstrations. Photo: Canadian War Museum, CWM2018-0023-0004-Dm.

 

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Self-Guided Architectural Tour

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Drop by the Welcome Desk and pick up a free handout for a self-guided exploration of the Museum’s thought-provoking architecture and its surrounding landscape. Learn more about the inspiration behind architect Raymond Moriyama’s design, as well as the story behind some of the materials used — and the meaning behind those tiny windows high up on the Museum’s exterior walls.

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Self-Guided Architectural Tour. Photo: Canadian War Museum, CWM2011-0052-0015-Dm.

 

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Significant Views from the Museum Rooftop

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The War Museum’s roof is one of the largest green roofs in North America, and offers great views of both the Ottawa River and the Ottawa skyline — including the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill.

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Museum Roof. Photo: Canadian War Museum, CWM2011-0065-0081-Dm.

 

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Al Fresco Treats on the Museum Café Terrace

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Overlooking the Ottawa River and accessible via the riverside bike path, the Café (PDF file) is offering local craft beer, wine and cocktails, as well as tasty food on its terrace.

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Dates and times Thursday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Capacity 12 tables, each 2 metres apart, with a maximum 10 people per table and 60 people at one time. Cashless payment only.
Reservations Table service on a first-come, first-served basis, unless you are a Member.
Museum Members Reserve your table (Cafepanorama.ca@sodexo.com) in advance and enjoy an exclusive 10% discount.

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Café Terrace. Photo: Canadian War Museum, CWM2014-0002-0001-Dm.

 

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Picnic on the Museum Grounds

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Pre-order a delicious picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds of the Museum.

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Options Classic $18; gourmet $24; child $10 (per person, taxes excluded).
Order and pickup Pre-order 24 hours in advance by email (Cafepanorama.ca@sodexo.com). Pick up and pay at the Café terrace. Cashless payment only.
Museum Members Enjoy an exclusive 10% discount.

You may also bring your own meals and snacks to enjoy on our grounds. Picnic tables are safely distanced in various locations overlooking the Ottawa River.

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Picnic on the Museum Grounds. Photo: Canadian Museum of History, IMG2020-0138-0006-Dm.

 

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Au feel de l’eau Water Taxi

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From the Museum, travel across the water to the heart of downtown Ottawa, or farther, to the Canadian Museum of History. This eco-friendly water taxi shuttles between the Ottawa Locks jetty (downtown) and the Museum of History, with a stop at Richmond Landing (near the War Museum). Hop on board for a picturesque ride on the Ottawa River.

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Dates and times Daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets Available at all three boarding points. Cashless and cash payments accepted.
Price for tickets purchased at boarding points: Adults $5; children 12 and under $4 (third child is free).

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Au feel de l’eau Water Taxi. Photo: Canadian Museum of History, IMG2020-0138-0011-Dm.

 

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