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The_Chieftain #1 Posted May 15 2012 - 21:41

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Museum Website Google Maps Link There seems to have been a pulse of investment in North America’s military museum infrastructure recently, and the Canadian War Museum is no exception. Their appealing new facility opened up barely seven years ago.

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15th_Armored_division #2 Posted May 15 2012 - 22:59

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Glade to see you boys are in my neck of the woods.

DanomitePrime #3 Posted May 15 2012 - 23:08

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Go Canada Go!

Zamolxet #4 Posted May 15 2012 - 23:22

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When I wanted to go it was closed (They were moving it in this new epic building in the photo)and I did not know they had Hitler's limo...... I=

Zamolxet #5 Posted May 15 2012 - 23:27

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The first is that the equipment is all backlit. You try to take a photo of it on a bright day, and you’ll get nothing but window, and a tank-shaped silhouette. I’m sure better photographers than I can solve this problem, but for the average guy… Certainly it means that the rest of the hall is well lit, and cheaply so, but it is a bit of an annoyance since the ‘centerpiece’ pieces are all against the window.
There Is no Canadian law that dosent allow you to use a flash to take photos...

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I went there last summer with my army cadet summer training and I really enjoyed it especially the tank area. And you can learn a lot about Canada from there even if you have been living in the country your whole life.

Saupster #7 Posted May 16 2012 - 00:15

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It's damn nice to see Canada (and my city of Ottawa) getting some love from The_Chieftain! Thanks for showcasing the museum, and I hoped you liked it as much I have!

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Zulnex #8 Posted May 16 2012 - 00:19

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Many thanks for the review. :Smile_honoring:  Looking forward visiting this museum in the future.

totensburntcorpse #9 Posted May 16 2012 - 00:25

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Unless they have moved them out, there are Me-262 pieces about as well as a fully assembled Me-163 Komet.

There should also be several pieces left over from the CF-105 AvroArrow, a sad day for canadian aviation.

Another spot you might be interested in is the war museum here in Ajax ontario, its a private collection but they do run their tanks every second sunday of the month.  I play tour guide to scouts when they go.

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totensburntcorpse, on May 16 2012 - 00:25, said:

Unless they have moved them out, there are Me-262 pieces about as well as a fully assembled Me-163 Komet.

There should also be several pieces left over from the CF-105 AvroArrow, a sad day for canadian aviation.

Another spot you might be interested in is the war museum here in Ajax ontario, its a private collection but they do run their tanks every second sunday of the month.  I play tour guide to scouts when they go.

The Komet and parts of the Arrow are at the Aviation and Space Museum.

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I was there in January. Cool seeing Hitler's Limo.

donv317 #12 Posted May 16 2012 - 00:50

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I believe I can fix the picture where the backlight is too bright. If you want just send me the original and I'll fix for free. I do this kind of restorations

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gobind21 #13 Posted May 16 2012 - 01:04

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I went there last year, it was great to see the tanks. The tanks looked so much bigger than i expected, I guess in world of tanks you don't really see a person to tank comparison. They have a chaffee too, which was neat. Great Post Cheiftan :)

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Just from an architecture perspective, the building is built to resemble a bunker, and the windows are morse code.

Tishr #15 Posted May 16 2012 - 01:57

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The only major military museum I've been to was the US air force museum in Ohio and they had a lot of the same issues with clustering exhibits very close together and with poor lighting in their WWI sections.

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Photo 11: is that the interior of a BMP1? Seems like one but a bit different...

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MoreGore, on May 16 2012 - 01:57, said:

Just from an architecture perspective, the building is built to resemble a bunker, and the windows are morse code.
And the roof is actually a poppy field, with a pathway up one side of the building and across the roof down to the other side.  Very pretty when they're in bloom :)

The old war museum was ridiculously cramped. They had more or less the same exhibits, but they had no real space to show any of the extra vehicles, and little storage space.

On a side note: as you go back up out of the Lebreton Gallery, there are windows that allow you to look into some of the storage areas underneath the main exhibits.

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I WANNA GO!

Charlie__Zulu #19 Posted May 16 2012 - 02:44

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Since I'm Canadian, and I've visited Ottawa quite a lot, the CWM is quite familiar to me.  It's a beautifully designed building, and I agree, one can easily spend a day in there if they look at most of the stuff.  If you look at all of the exhibits, and do everything, you could spend 2 or more.  However, I agree it does have the stated issues (compared to the old building though...*shudders*) Great to see Chieftain taking a trip up here, and an excellent review.

kermanit #20 Posted May 16 2012 - 02:57

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Hey Chieftan nice report on are Day there.Your pics came out a lot nicer than mine.Any hoot glad you enjoyed the day as we did having you up here  to Ottawa




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