Canadian War Museum

About the Canadian War Museum

Canada's national museum of military history promotes public understanding of Canada's military history in its personal, national, and international dimensions. The Museum acquires and maintains artifacts in the National Collection and disseminates knowledge through research, exhibitions and public programs. The Museum is also a venue and facilitator for the informed discussion of military affairs, past and present.

Conduct Your Own Online Research

The Canadian War Museum's Military History Research Centre houses, in one convenient location, the George Metcalf Archival Collection and the Hartland Molson Library. The Centre's available resources include an online database to search the library and archival collections of the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Military History Research Centre Online Catalogue
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The Collections Online Catalogue provides access to the vast artifact collections of the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
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Learn More from the Canadian War Museum

Military History Section

Visit the Military History section of the Canadian War Museum web site to learn more about the First World War and other conflicts in Canadian military history, as well as find links to suggested external sources for further exploration.
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Canada and the First World War

During the First World War Canada's small navy grew to counter the threat of German naval activity. Visit the Canadian War Museum's acclaimed on-line exhibition Canada and the First World War, and learn more about the navy in its first major conflict.
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Democracy at War: Canadian Newspapers and the Second World War

During the Second World War, the staff of the century-old Hamilton Spectator newspaper kept its own monumental record of the war. This collection of more than 144,000 newspaper articles, manually clipped, stamped with the date, and arranged by subject, includes news stories and editorials from newspapers, mostly Canadian, documenting every aspect of the war. You are invited to explore the online database using either the Basic search or the detailed search, which includes a date searching feature. Short historical articles on key topics from the 1939-1945 time period, along with sample clippings from the collection, supplement this impressive resource of news information "as it happened".
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Visit the Canadian War Museum

Plan Your Visit

Information about the Museum's hours, location, and tickets. Learn about what's on, what's new, and how best to tailor your visit to the Museum.
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Exhibitions

The Museum's permanent exhibition presents Canada's military history from earliest times to the present, to show how it shaped the country and its citizens. Human conflict is explored through personal stories, art, artifacts, photographs, and interactive presentations. The LeBreton Gallery houses a CF-101 Voodoo jet, artillery pieces, tanks, a German midget submarine and many other vehicles, weapons and military items.
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Featured Special Exhibition

The Navy: A Century in Art
November 11, 2010 - March 20, 2011

The Navy: A Century in Art marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Canadian navy. A selection of paintings, from many of Canada's leading war artists, demonstrates how geography, history and war have shaped the navy through its first century of service. The works in this travelling exhibition are drawn mainly from the Museum's Beaverbrook Collection of War Art. They capture the diverse roles, traditions, and key moments for this national institution.
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Plan a School Trip to the Museum

Visiting the Museum

School groups at the Museum have the option of a self-guided visit, a guided tour, or a hands-on school program.
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School Programs

The Museum offers a wide range of meaningful learning opportunities for students from kindergarten through senior high school. Programs are designed to help students discover how war has affected them and their country, and support Ontario and Quebec curricula in the areas of history, geography, language, the visual arts, and social studies.
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Donate to the Canadian War Museum

Make an Artifact Donation

The Canadian War Museum's current collection is comprised of more than 500,000 artifacts relating to Canadian military history. The Canadian War Museum preserves, conserves, and makes available through exhibition, education, outreach and partnership initiatives this vast collection nationally and internationally. Please send an email for more information.

Support the Museum

Click here to learn more about supporting the Canadian War Museum.
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    Date created: October 29, 2010