The Military Museums

War Stories: 1917

April 9 – August 25, 2017 

Personal stories of the battles of 1917 will be on display in The Founders’ Gallery from April 9 to August 25, 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.

Summer Skirmish

June 10-11, 2017

Experience 2000 years of military history through live re-enactments, and battle demonstrations! Travel back in time with The Military Museums (TMM) and watch our history unfold in each era. The annual TMM Summer Skirmish presents a weekend of Viking raids, medieval duels, gladiatorial combat display, musketry and cannonades.

Interact with our battle-dressed heroes as they demonstrate historical battles in spectacular period costumes and uniforms. Come watch a weekend of military history come to life and enjoy the feast from our food trucks during the Summer Skirmish 2017!

National Aboriginal Day

Wednesday, 21 June 2017: 11AM - 9PM

On National Aboriginal Day, events at The Military Museums will include tours of the Army Museum of Alberta and displays of Indigenous artifacts including rare items from the NW Rebellion. Storytelling and the importance of the Storyrobe will be highlighted by Cree Metis artist Jason Baerg. There will be a theatre presentation on Canada's Indigenous Veterans at 5PM, followed by a reception at 6PM.

The final event of the day will be an artists talk by Jason Baerg at 7PM titled, "Nomadic Bounce: An Exploratory Indigenous Space in Media and Painting". We look forward to seeing you here. Admission for the event is two for one.

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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