Far from a rah-rah celebration of patriotic derring-do, the Canadian War Museum is a thoughtful, fascinating exploration of Canada’s military history, from the early days of European contact with aboriginal people to the latest campaigns in Afghanistan and elsewhere. In fact, the museum has occasionally taken flak from veterans’ groups and others for its warts-and-all presentations. The dramatic building, which opened in 2005, resembles a bunker, is partly sheathed in copper and boasts an eco-friendly green roof. Chronological galleries make it easy to follow the timeline. Highlights of the collection of some half-a-million artifacts include medals, armored vehicles, letters, artwork and uniforms. Closed most Mondays in the off season.
- Open Hours: Monday to Wednesday from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM, Thursday to Friday from 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM, Saturday to Sunday from 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM
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