Canadian War Museum
Located on the western edge of downtown next to the Ottawa River on LeBreton Flats, the Canadian War Museum is a striking building that houses a vast collection devoted to Canada's military history and chronicling the country's role in international conflicts.
- Opened in 2005, the Museum is the newest national museum and has quickly become a favourite stop for visitors.
- Small windows on the sides of the Museum's central copper roof are actually a message in Morse Code - see if you can decipher it!
- The Museum's LeBreton Gallery features a vast collection of massive tanks, military vehicles, guns and even a CF-Voodoo jet fighter suspended from the ceiling.
- Regeneration Hall features a narrow tall window framing the Peace Tower to the east on Parliament Hill.
- At 11 a.m. each November 11, the sun shines through the window of the Museum's Memorial Hall and illuminates the only artifact in that space: the headstone of Canada's Unknown Soldier.
- 330 original works of art are on display including some massive canvases by some of Canada's best known artists.
- Designed by architect Raymond Moriyama, the Canadian War Museum is an energy-efficient facility based on the theme of "regeneration", and includes the use of river water in the cooling systems, recycled fly ash in the concrete and native self-seeding grasses on the roof.