The Museum traces its origins back to 1880, when it consisted primarily of a collection of militia artifacts. The Museum opened at its new location on the LeBreton Flats site in downtown Ottawa on May 8, 2005. Its opening not only marked the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe (V-E Day) but also the 125th anniversary of the Museum itself. Since its opening in 2005, the Museum has welcomed approximately 500,000 visitors every year.
On Remembrance Day, November 11 there is free admission to the Museum and on this day it is the ideal place to learn more about Canada’s military history and remember Canadians’ service, sacrifice and loss. There is also a very moving event that occurs at 11am e.s.t. when the sun shines in the Memorial Hall on the commemorative plaque. You can watch this via the web on a live web cast or if you apply early enough you can be one of the lucky ones to be there. Watch the moving video here Memoral Hall video
The Canadian War Museum is a fifteen minute walk from Albert House Inn and the National War Memorial where the Remembrance Day service takes place is also only about a fifteen minute from our bed and breakfast. We are very centrally located for your stay in downtown Ottawa and your visit to the Museum and attendance at the memorial service.