- The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa
The Canadian War Museum is located in Ottawa and focuses on the military world. It displays and explains all the different aspects of the Canadian armed forces and it also keeps a register of the Canadian citizens fallen at war. There are four different exhibitions here: a part of the museum is about the wars fought on Canadian soil, a wing is assigned to the twentieth century, one is about the Cold War and the last one is dedicated to the memory of the fallen. Inaugurated in 1880, the museum also hosts a photographic collection curated by the well-known Toronto photographer, Tobi Asmoucha.
As for the location, it is located in a very unique and modern building, surrounded by a very large garden. My favourite area was the one dedicated to camouflage with dissimulation models of all kinds, including natural-scale war areas you can cross, a sort of trench, or a house and one can pretend to be in combat. There are many explanations, several videos and diagrams, as well as interactive areas where "to play" with helmets and even camouflage jackets and take photos, or even participate in some of the proposed activities. Such areas are interesting for adults and attractive for children. There are some other areas in this museum dedicated to the history of Canada and world conflicts and also a room which encourages visitors to contemplate the outcomes (and disasters) of the war, its consequences, and the efforts dedicated to avoiding it. Spy work, political intrigues, conspiracies, imprisonments, postwar and economic outcomes, dead and wounded, organizations dedicated to avoiding war ... everything is contemplated in this room. There is even an area where to write museum postcards pre-addressed to many national and international institutions such as the United Nations, the President of the United States, etc. in which a visitor can share his/her opinion about a specific war or war in general, suggest what to do to avoid them and so on. Across the river, just opposite of the Canadian War Museum, is the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Also spacious, and very well-organised, equally easy to visit by adults with children. Here one can find many totem and huts in different styles of the first inhabitants of the area, with abundant samples of their culture, construction techniques, religion, clothing and more. There is even an immense ship, in which an entire village has been built. You go through squares, buildings and you can observe the constructions, the customs, the clothes and the customs of each era. A church, a music shop, a café, a printing shop, a laundry, there is everything. Without realizing it, from one place to another, passing through a passage, or an arch, or through the exit of a shop, you change historical era, with a very well-made transition. A very instructive, interesting and pleasant visit. Another area of the museum that is also beautiful is dedicated to children. With many streets and houses set in different areas of the world, where you could enter and participate in the activities they proposed. With a very nice and fun style, it is a playground for adults and children. A ship with cranes to move the boxes, a South American market, an Egyptian pyramid, a bus from Pakistan, a theater to unleash your imagination. It was not allowed to take photographs, unfortunately.