The Military Museums

War Stories: 1917

April 9 – August 27, 2017 

Personal stories of the battles of 1917 will be on display in The Founders’ Gallery from April 9 to August 27, 2017 at The Military Museums in the new exhibition, War Stories 1917. This exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the battles of 1917: Vimy, Hill 70 and Passchendaele. It will tell the story of these battles through the eyes of the men and women who were there.

The exhibit includes John George Pattison's Victoria Cross and a Red Ensign flag flown at Vimy (on loan from the Imperial War Museum in England). War Stories 1917 connects Canadians to the personal experiences of people like those of Mike Mountain Horse, Major General Sir David Watson and Major Talbot Papineau.

This exhibition marks the first time all seven regimental galleries in the Military Museums, the Military Museums Foundation, the University of Calgary's Founders' Gallery and the University of Calgary's Library and Archives at the Military Museums have collaborated on a single, facility-wide exhibition.

Adding another dimension to the displays, the University of Calgary's Founders' Gallery will feature contributions by contemporary artists: Jason Baerg, Dianne Bos and Adrian Stimson. Their works include artistic portrayals of the battles of 1917 and representation of Indigenous participation in the First World War.

The artifacts in War Stories 1917 come from the The Military Museums' own collections, private collections, the Glenbow, the Canadian War Museum, Canada Science and Technology Museum, and the Imperial War Museum in England. 

War Horses

Saturday, July 22, 2017: 9AM - 6PM :: Event Schedule

On Saturday July 22, 2017 The Military Museums is hosting a public event celebrating the horse and its historical connection to the military community. Come view demonstrations of cavalry based military tactics from the Medieval era, from the early wars of this century and their various applications on the field in support of operations.

There will also be modern demonstrations of horses in both police services and the military, and see how horses are used to help heal those injured in conflict and war.

Supporting organizations include:

  • Lacey Hadford Performance Training
  • Moose Mountain Horse Back Adventures
  • SCA (Society for Creative Anachronisms) Barony of Montengarde
  • Camp Praxis, a group that uses horse riding and maintenance to assist with PTSD
  • Calgary Police Service Mounted unit
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Military Family Resource Centre
  • Dragon’s Own Medieval group

This is a one day, public event that is included with admission to the Museum. Free parking is available.

Hearts of Courage

Friday, July 14, 2017: 12PM(noon) - 6PM

Calgary's annual "Stampede Party With A Purpose" is going to be bigger and better than ever this year, with great live entertainment and some amazing silent auction items. This year's event will feature music from a variety of artists as well as the CPS Pipe Band. There will also be a silent auction at the event. All of this for just $25!

Hearts of Courage was started 11 years ago in an effort to raise funds for Canadian veteran Trevor Greene, who was injured while serving in Afghanistan, and his family. Since then this Stampede event has continued to donate proceeds for the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre.

You can purchase your ticket to this event through the MFRC website. Please share with family and friends, as this is going to be a Stampede event you won't want to miss!

When: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 12:00 to 18:00

Where: Royal Canadian Legion Branch #1
116 7 Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0H5

Lecture Series

The Military Museums annual lecture series is held Thursday evenings at The Military Museum from September until May.

Founders' Gallery

The Founders' Gallery hosts local, national and international art and heritage collections to further Canadians understanding of our military experience.

Permanent Exhibits

Showcase for selected exhibits at The Military Museums.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day commemorations every November 11th. 

Summer Skirmish

A weekend of Viking raids, medieval duels and gladiatorial combat at the annual TMM Summer Skirmish.

Family Day

Join Us for Family Day at The Military Museums.


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