The new Canadian War Museum building opened on May 8th. 2005. This date also marked the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 125th anniversary of the museum.
I had visited the museum at it’s old location in an archives building on Sussex Drive. The building felt confined and dark. It didn’t do justice to the collections displayed!
The new building located on the south shore of the Ottawa River at 1 Vimy Place. It is a low lying structure of copper and concrete that resembles military fortifications. The exhibits are housed in four sections that trace military history from the Plains of Abraham, South Africa, the World Wars, Korea and the numerous peace keeping deployments.
The LeBreton Gallery has an extensive collection of artillery, aircraft, tanks and armored vehicles used by Canadian forces and their adversaries. The plaster casts used in the construction of the mounument at Vimy Ridge are also on display.
I spent the best part of a day touring the exhibits on my visit in April 2006. If you are a military history buff or just want to learn more about Canada’s role in conflicts the museum is well worth a visit.
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