The term "D-Day Dodgers" was coined by Lady Astor, a generally disliked socialite and Member of Parliament, in reference to the troops fighting in the Italian campaign. Despite the negative ring to the name "D-Day Dodgers", the men fought a long arduous campaign to free Italy, enduring up to twice as many casualties in taking the island of Sicily as those that fell on the beaches of Normandy. Not ones to turn the other cheek when slandered, the D-Day Dodgers responded to Lady Astor's remarks through a song which you can listen to through the link below.
Atrium Exhibit: May 27 - June 9, 2019
Opening event Friday May 31, 2019, Doors open 6pm.
Please join us on May 31, for our newest exhibit in The Military Museums' atrium, featuring the "D-Day Dodgers" of the Second World War.
The opening night will feature:
- The Calgary Crescendo Choir
- The Prairie Motor Brigade
- Speaker Presentations
- The King's Own Calgary Regimental Band
Please note a ticket is required to attend this event. The tickets are Free. Please click the Eventbrite link below to reserve your ticket.
The Calgary Amateur Radio Association (CARA) will be hosting their annual Calgary Field Day on Sat June 22, 2019 at TMM. The event will start at 7:00am Saturday morning. The long distance Field Day Station VE6NQ will be on the air from noon Saturday for 24 hours.
Hope to see you there!
The Founders’ Gallery is dedicated to the exploration of human conflict worldwide through projects by local, international, historic, and contemporary artists that challenge viewers’ knowledge of and interaction with war.
The Military Museums annual lecture series is held Thursday evenings at The Military Museum from September until May.
Showcase for selected exhibits at The Military Museums.
Remembrance Day commemorations every November 11th.
A weekend of Viking raids, medieval duels and gladiatorial combat at the annual TMM Summer Skirmish.
Join Us for Family Day at The Military Museums.
Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, 2019
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
4520 Crowchild Trail SW
Admission for the 2019 Summer Skirmish is:
- Children and Youth - $2.00
- Adults: $5.00
- Car Load: $10.00
Monetary donations or contributions to the Veterans Food Bank are always greatly appreciated.
Re-enactments and Demonstrations
Join us to watch as 2000 years of warfare comes to life in a weekend of scripted battle re-enactments and demonstrations.
Watch re-enactments and demonstrations, Viking raids, medieval duels, gladiatorial combat, musketry and cannonades! Interact with heroes of battle dressed in spectacular period costumes and uniforms. Be transported back in time and witness history being altered... right before your eyes.
There’s adventure and drama for all ages at the Summer Skirmish. Pose for a family photo in the Old West or meet a Viking or Chivalrous Knight! Wander into camps and talk strategy with soldiers from days gone by.
Battleworn spectators can take a break and feast at one of the many food trucks parked on site throughout the weekend. The museum will also be opened. Please note the outdoor activities may be cancelled due to rain. We will update Facebook and Twitter.
Food trucks will be available on site throughout the weekend.
TMM would like to extend our sincere thanks to all the re-enactment groups participating in this years Summer Skirmish.
- Dragon’s Own - Medieval era
- The Sons of Fenrir - Viking
- Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA)
- Society of Tilt and Lance Calvary
- Mounted Combat Arts
Black Powder Era
- The Cannoneers and 78th Fraser Highlanders
- Yankee Valley Historical Society
- South Alberta Light Horse Artillery
- Guns of the Golden West - Alberta Historical
- Things Military
First World War
- 10th Canadian Infantry Battalion
Second World War
- First Special Service Force, Living History Association
- Prairie Motor Brigade
Summer Skirmish Miniature's Group
Monday, 18 February 2019 :: 10 AM to 5 PM
This Family Day, Monday 18 Feb 2019, TMM is offering a day of family friendly interactive presentations, behind the scenes tours, and activities related to Canada’s proud military heritage. Veterans and serving personnel and their families as always are free.
Activities begin at 10AM and include behind the scenes tours of the regimental archives, artifact handling, scavenger hunts and weapons displays.
Family Day Admission: $20 for families, $10 for adults, and $3 for kids/seniors/students. Under 7 is still free.
Battle of the Atlantic Commemoration
On Sunday, 6 May 2018, the public are welcome to attend the Battle of the Atlantic commemoration taking place at the Naval Museum of Alberta at TMM between 10:30 and 11:45 AM. On the first Sunday in May, the Royal Canadian Navy remembers and honours those who served with the Royal Canadian Navy in the North Atlantic during the Second World War during the Battle of the Atlantic.
Please note that the main parking areas at TMM will be closed between 8 AM and 2 PM for the event. Parking for the event will be provided at either Master’s Academy north of the Military Museums, or at the Calgary Flames Community Arenas to the south of the Museum. Gates will be open to facilitate access. Normal parking will resume at 2 PM that afternoon.
Last 100 Days Symposium
Last 100 Days Symposium
On Saturday 29 Sept 2018 The Military Museums will host a one-day Symposium on the Last 100 Days of the First World War.
The Symposium includes panel discussions and lectures on the development of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and the tactics, planning and leadership that led to their success during the last victorious but very costly campaign of the war.
Date: Saturday 29 Sept 2018 || 9:00AM - 4:00PM || $50 with Lunch
Where: CP Atrium Theatre
The proposed Symposium schedule is listed below.
- The Last 100 Days: Dr Geoff Jackson
- Maple Leaf Aloft: Air Power During WW1: Major W.A. March
- Canadian Sailors in WW1 Trenches: Brad Froggatt
- Indigenous Veterans in WW1: Glen Miller
- Lunch break
- Evolution of Artillery in WW1: Dave Love
- Convalescent Hospitals During WW1: William Pratt
- Jewish Veterans: Roberta Kerr
Symposium Sign Up
To confirm your attendance at the Symposium, please click the link below:
9:00 AM - Welcome and Introductions by Doug Stinson, TMM Director
The Last 100 Days
Speaker: Dr Geoff Jackson
The lecture will examine how the Canadian Expeditionary Force as part of the larger British offensive was able to launch so many successful set piece battles in the Last Hundred Days. German defences, at least initially, were as robust in August of 1918 as they had been at any other point in the war. This lecture will examine why and how the British Expeditionary Force (focusing largely on the Canadian contingent) was largely successful in the last three months of the war.
Maple Leaf Aloft: Air Power During WW1
Speaker: Major W.A. March
Without an air force of its own during WWI, young Canadians joined the Imperial Flying Services in ever increasing numbers. As the importance of air power grew, the war in the air became every bit as brutal and deadly as the fighting on the ground. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the evolution of air power during the Great War.
Canadian Sailors in WW1 Trenches
Speaker: Brad Froggatt
At the outbreak of the First World War, Canada’s Navy was only 10 years old and equipped with only two warships. Answering the call of the British Empire, many Canadians volunteered for service and found themselves in the Royal Naval Division, and fought on land in battles such as the Seige of Antwerp, Gallipoli, and the Western front including Passchendaele and the Somme.
Indigenous Veterans in WW1
Speaker: WO (Ret'd) Glen Miller
WO (Ret’d) Glenn Miller will focus his presentation on the significant contributions of Indigenous veterans in the Great War.
There will also be a short time to explore the museum.
Convalescent Hospitals During WWI
Speaker: William Pratt
The victories of the Canadian Corps in the 100 Days Campaign came with a large cost: many soldiers paid the toll with their lives or health. Will Pratt will examine the medical treatment of soldiers who returned to Southern Alberta. Military hospitals were established during the conflict to deal with cases ranging from tuberculosis to shell shock. Soldiers’ pensions and disability files are now available to explore the personal response to injury, treatment and convalescence after the battles of the Great War ceased.
Speaker: Roberta Kerr
Researcher Roberta Kerr will present a practical discussion of the unique obstacles -- and unexpected discoveries -- encountered when accessing military records for Jewish veterans of Canada's armed forces, and a brief introduction to the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta's Jewish War Veterans of World War I & II Database.
Break and Move to Cooper Key Hall
Evolution Of Artillery In WW1
Speaker: Dave Love
Through the last half of the First World War, the Canadians Corps arguably became the most effective and successful Allied formation in the use of artillery. Not only did the Canadians innovate, both in terms of science and technology and strategy, they also were quick to adopt and improve on ideas from other sources if they had merit.
Using these lessons and new ideas learned from the previous two and a half years, the Canadian Corps brought these advances to full fruition during the Final 100 days and utilized them to best support the attacking Allied forces which no longer were restricted to static trench warfare and limited movement. In describing the artillery situation during the Final 100 days, it is helpful to know how artillery evolved through the war. Dave Love will focus on these evolutionary aspects of First World War artillery in this dynamic presentation.
Centennial Commemoration Of The Armistice
Centennial Commemoration Of The Armistice
In The Hundred Days Offensive (8 August-November 11, 1918), Canada and her Allies launched the last major offensive of the Great War which saw the Germans lose 13km of ground in the first day. Roughly 75,000 Canadians participated in the initial attack, supported by British Empire, French Tanks, and troops.
Join us at The Military Museums for several events planned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Last 100 Days and the Armistice.
The Last 100 Days Lectures and Events
In addition to the Symposium, several other events and lectures are planned during the Commemoration.
To attend one or more of these events, please the Button below each event to sign up.
Location: The Military Museums, 4520 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary, Alberta
Times: Doors open 6:00PM | Lectures 7:00PM
Admission: Unless otherwise indicated, admission is by donation (suggested donation $10).
Trench Warfare and Weapons Handling
Date: Thurs 27 Sept 2018 || 6:00PM - 9:00PM || $50
Speaker: MWO (Ret'd) Rick Ostashower
Join MWO (Ret`d) Rick Ostashower for this one of a kind experience, as he guides you through the various weapons and battle tactics used during The Great War. Experience warfare re-enactments in the trenches between the Canadian and German forces and handle the different weapons for yourself.
Rick Ostashower brings an extensive knowledge base of weaponry which he has gathered over the years. Rick joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1974. He has deployed to numerous locations including Cyprus, West Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Rick was a part of the Brigade Small Arms Team and was awarded First Place in both Canadian Forces Small Arms Competitions and International Competitions. Rick joined the Calgary Police Service in 1989 and has taken numerous courses to make him an expert in this field.
Historical Walking Tours
Date: Monday 1 Oct and Sat 3 Nov 2018 || 9:30AM - 11:30AM || Free by donation
Speaker: Major (Ret’d) Lloyd Northcott
Join us as we walk through Calgary’s Currie Barracks to revisit the First World War through monuments named after the fourteen Battle Honours from 1915-1917.
About this walk: The 20th Century was shaped by the outcome of the First World War. Canada found its full stature as a nation on the battlefields of France and Belgium. Costly victories made Canada known and showed what the nation could do both in the field and on the industrial front.
It is rewarding to revisit this War and see how it has influenced both military and political developments for a century after. It was in this context that women were given the vote. There will be opportunities to discuss the key issues of the war and the peace which followed. The walk is about 2.5 km. The start and ending place is The Military Museums Atrium.
The Tenth Battalion’s Capture of Villers-les-Cagnicourt
Date: Thurs 4 Oct 2018 || 6:00PM - 9:00PM || Admission by donation
Speaker: LCol Mike Vernon
LCol Mike Vernon of the Calgary Highlanders will discuss the tactics and personal exploits of the soldiers in the fight for Villers-les-Cagnicourt on 2 September 1918, part of the offensive to smash through the Drocourt-Queant Line.
This event will highlight WWI soldiers including Sergeant Arthur Knight VC, who was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Tunes From The Trenches
Date: Tues 16 Oct 2018 || 6:00PM - 9:00PM || Admission by donation
In commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War, take a step back in time to the Western Front in 1918 by joining The King’s Own Calgary Regiment for “Tunes from the Trenches”.
The evening will be reminiscent of a World War One concert party, with popular tunes of the period, played by the regimental band of the 50th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force, today’s Regimental Band of The King’s Own Calgary Regiment accompanied by Joni Delauier and the Home Front Singers, with a special visitor from the Front Lines.
Throughout the evening our visitor will be recounting his first hand experiences of stalemate, victories, losses, and peace along the Western Front in 1918. Join us prior to the concert party at 6:00pm for refreshments and socializing.
Then take a walk through the King’s Own Calgary Regiment museum to see how the memory and legacy of the members of the 50th Battalion is currently preserved and sustained by the King’s Own Calgary Regiment.
Currie: Leadership on the Front Lines
Date: Thurs 25 Oct 2018 || 6:00PM - 9:00PM || $20 || Postponed
Speaker:Dr. Geoff Jackson and Panel
Dr. Geoff Jackson and guests will form a panel to compare and contrast the leadership styles of General Sir Arthur Currie throughout the Great War.
Moderated by Senior Curator Rory Cory.
A Taste of the First World War
Date: Friday 2 Nov 2018 || 6:00PM - 9:00PM || $60
Speaker: Chef Wade Paterson
Indulge Your Palate!
Join us for this unique food and beverage pairing event as we partner with Chef Wade Paterson of Boreal Cuisine as he features First World War and Canadiana themed foods.
The Sommeliers of Co-op wines and spirits will feature different beverages from the regions where the five major battles of the Canadian Corps took place.
National Aboriginal Veterans Day
Date: Thurs 8 Nov 2018 || All Day || Free by Donation
Museum Tours Of Indigenous Artifacts and Theatre Presentation
Throughout Canada`s history, Indigenous people have played a crucial role in the defence of Canada. Learn about the military service by Indigenous people and the stories of some of Alberta`s veterans through these two ongoing activities held throughout the day:
- Tours of Indigenous Artifacts in the Army Museum of Alberta with Senior Curator Rory Cory
- Video presentations on Indigenous Perspectives in the CP Theatre
National Aboriginal Veterans Day is a memorial day observed in Canada in recognition of aboriginal contributions to military service, particularly in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.
More than 7,000 First Nations members served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, and an unknown number of Inuit, Métis and other Indigenous people also participated. One Veterans group estimates that 12,000 Indigenous men and women served in the three wars.
Schedule: Indigenous Veterans Day 8th Nov 2018
9:00- Opening Ceremony with Blessing and Flag raising
10:00- Elders Trian Knight and Ernst Poundmaker to speak
10:30-Glenn Miller speaking in the theater with Q & A afterwards
11:30- Army Museum tour with Rory Cory
12:00- Jennifer Morgan Recruiting officer
12:30-Artefact Handling with Education team
1:30- Army Museum tour with Rory Cory
2:30- Artefacts handling with education
The Provincial Poppy Project
An Invitation To Paint A Poppy For Remembrance
The Military Museums Foundation invites Albertans to paint a poppy as part of an outdoor art installation. This poppy project will pay homage to the 36,165 Albertans who served overseas, and the 12,720 who served with Canada during the Great War. Students will learn about the significance of the poppy, the 1918 Armistice and importance of Remembrance.
Completed poppies will form an outdoor art installation on the grounds of the Military Museums. Poppies are available for painting at the Military Museums or poppy packages can be provided to schools and groups upon request.
For more information, call 403-410-2340 ext 2612.
Date: Sunday 11 Nov 2018
Please join us at The Military Museums this November 11th for our special Remembrance Day ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice at the end of the First World War.
University of Calgary Libraries and Archives
Date: Oct - Nov 2018
Throughout October and November, the University of Calgary libaries and archives will display armistice memorabilia, artifacts, letters and more!
The Military Museums :: Founders Gallery
Oct 20, 2018
Join us for a day touring taking in events and new exhibits at the Naval Museum of Alberta gallery. Activities include, flag signals, knot tying, safety boat demo, naval souvenirs, silent auction and book signing along with daily lectures highlighting exciting aspects of Canada's Naval history. Admission is free between 10:00AM and 3:00PM during Navy Days.
- 0900 - Doors Open
- 1000 - Cadet Demo
- 1200 - Splice the Main Brace
- 1330 - Canada vs. the U-boats Lecture
- 1500 - HMCS TECUMSEH Band
- 1600 - Cadet Demo
- 1800- End
TMM Gift Shop
The Gift Shop at The Military Museums offers a wide array of products relating to its eight separate museums and galleries. This includes a large selection of books, toys, scale models, collectibles, posters, clothing, acessories and souvenirs.
We endeavour to have the Gift Shop open every day, however since the Gift Shop is run by volunteers the opening hours may vary.
All purchases made at the Gift Shop directly support The Military Museums. Please contact us if you have any questions about our opening hours or the products we have available.
If you are interested in volunteering at the Gift Shop, please visit our Volunteer page.
Hours of Operation
The Military Museums is open daily, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
- Monday – Sunday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Cold War Hanger 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Adults 18+ $15
- Seniors 65+ $5
- Students $5
- Youth (7 - 17) $5
- Family (2 adults, up to 5 children) $30
- Children (Under 7) Free
- Veterans Free
- Serving Military Personnel Free
- Members of TMM Free
- Parking Free
The Military Museums offers free parking to all visitors. Designated spaces are available for visitors with disabilities.
The Military Museums is accessible to wheelchair users.
Service animals are welcome in the museum.
Food & Beverages
Snacks and drinks may be purchased from the vending machines located in the lounge. Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries.
With the exception of the Founders' Gallery, still and video photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially produced.
The Military Museums reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce photographs of objects in its collection.
Veterans Food Bank
As a gesture to our surviving veterans, we encourage visitors to bring an item of non-perishable food for the Veterans Food Bank when they visit The Military Museums.
TMM Library & Archives
Satisfy your curiosity and answer your questions, whether for personal interest, school assignments, university study or anything in between. Our military history collections document everything from the history of warfare to peacekeeping operations to training and weaponry.
The Military Museums Library and Archives is managed through the University of Calgary through a partnership established in 2000. The library has over 20,000 books and periodicals on Canadian and general military subjects.
TMM Library & Archives
Hours of Operation
Regular Library Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Note: the library will be closed between Dec 21, 2017 - Jan 2, 2018.
Access to Archival Materials: Please note that appointments are required in advance for use of Archival materials (unpublished personal memorabilia), including diaries, maps and photographs and other items related to Canadian military history. Please call 403-410-2340 ext. 2621 to set up an appointment with a Library archivist.
Donations: TMM Library and Archives welcomes donations of items for our collection. Please contact us at 403-410-2340 ext. 2621 if you are interested in making a donation.
Named after a 12th Century Gilbertine monastery, RAF Chicksands was a Royal Air Force station in Bedfordshire, England that opened in 1936 and served as a signals intelligence site during the Second World War.
During later years, the station was also used as a storage center for books and documents received from various foreign offices and British embassies from around the world. With the closing of the base in 1997, a new home needed to be found for this collection. After several years of negotiations, staff at The Military Museums received word from the UK Ministry of Defence that the entire collection would be donated to the University of Calgary, and stored at The Military Museums Library and Archives.
Beginning in early 2011, library staff began the enormous task of identifying and cataloguing the estimated 50,000 books, manuscripts and manuals stored in over one thousand boxes that have since been received. These books are now part of our permanent collection.
The Mural of Honour
The Mural project was launched in November 2005 as a fundraising project for the new Founders' Gallery at the Military Museums. The process of installing the Mural panels began in November 2006, and the completed mural was unveiled in the atrium of The Military Museums on 9 November 2007.
The 240 tiles that represent Canada’s military history from the War of 1812 to present day operations are highlighted by an interactive display in the Museum's atrium. The collective stories reveal the different theatres of war Canadians have been involved in for nearly 200 years, including both overseas and domestic operations.
TMM Mural of Honour
The Mural Project was initiated to raise funds for the creation of the Founders’ Gallery at the Military Museums. As the project evolved, it became clear that this was an opportunity to fulfill my vision to bring Canadian military history to the public in a creative and captivating way.
A tremendous team of volunteers embraced my vision and worked diligently to support this project in the early years and I am sincerely grateful for their devoted efforts, in particular, Ian Watson, who has devoted himself to this project and has been invaluable to the development of the Interactive Display. I am also very grateful to another volunteer, Marg Liessens who has provided invaluable support with proof-reading and content management.
I’d like to thank all of those who sponsored paintings in the Mural, for their generous donations and for stepping forward to participate in this unique initiative. The Mural Project would also not have been possible without the initial support of The Bank of Montreal, whose faith in our project enabled us to get the Mural launched. We have since exceeded our fundraising goal by raising over 600,000 dollars. I would also like to express my great appreciation for Digital Heritage in the initial development of our Interactive Display.
I understand the importance of legacy and remembrance, but I never predicted the impact this project would have on the families and friends who participated by paying tribute to the veterans in their lives, and to the shared history that is important to all of us.
These digital pages will continue to evolve over the years and will help viewers better understand the great challenges, tragedies and accomplishments inherent in armed conflict. What began as a fundraising endeavor has become a powerful memorial to generations of Canadians who answered the call, who fought valiantly, often at great cost, for their country and for a better world.
My hope is to give viewers a sense for the realities of war, of the the human cost and the innocence of the enthusiastic young men who enlisted versus the wiser, battle weary men who returned. And, of course, to honour those who did not return.
Director, Mural Project
Lewis Lavoie was born in 1965 in St. Albert, Alberta, and is an established portrait painter and book illustrator. He is best known for his mural mosaics, which he engineers and executes for special projects across the country. Over the years, Lewis has been honoured with many awards for artistic merit.
Perhaps Lewis’ greatest challenge and achievement to date has been The Military Museums Mural, commissioned by The Military Museums in Calgary where he combined both personal legacy and military history to create an extraordinary educational exhibit for permanent display.
Incredibly, Lewis was able to capture and incorporate the distinct requests of our many sponsors, a difficult task for any artist. His accomplishment in bringing all the individual panels together to create the larger mural honouring each branch of the Canadian Armed Forces, is truly exceptional.
The mural comprises 240 separate images that together create the mosaic of the servicemen from each branch of the armed forces. Lewis Lavois painted 227 of the panels over a two-year period between 2005 - 2007. The remaining thirteen panels were painted by guest artists, including five works of art by original war artists of the Second World War.
|Molly Lamb Bobak||166|
|Bill Bewick||203, 234|
|Tag Kim||205, 211, 212, 213|
The Afghanistan tribute #126 is of special and enduring significance for visitors to the Mural and indeed to all Canadians. Sponsored by General Walter Natynczyk (Retd), this panel honours the fallen soldiers and service personnel who paid the supreme sacrifice while serving in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2011.
Our sincerest thanks to all the families and service personnel who have helped out with their story submissions and photos in honour of Canada's heroes.
The Military Museum's Mural project has been developed by a team of volunteers who have devoted themselves to making this legacy project possible. The primary Mural development team consists of four people:
Karen Storwick, Founder and Director of the Mural Project
Ian Watson, Content and Software developer
Marg Liessens, Content Management
Rob Alexander, Writer and Author
The Mural Development Team is profoundly grateful for our many devoted volunteers without whom the fulfillment of our vision would not be possible:
Dorothy Cameron; Assistant Mural Painter
Yana Doyle; Research Assistant/Writer, Afghanistan Tribute
Cyndy Butler; Research and Writing Assistant
Dennis Apedaile: Research Advisor
Rob Alexander: Writer
Tex Leugner: Writer
Joylyn Leugner: Administrative Assistant
Adam Lajeunesse: Writer
Jacqui Lane: Writer
Stan Scislowski: Writer
Meighen McCrae: Writer
Barry Ashton: Writer/Editor, Army
Donald Norrie: Writer/Editor, Air Force
John Farnham: Writer/Editor, Air Force
Dan Dempsey: Writer, Air Force
Al Judson: Writer/Editor, Army
Frank Saies Jones: Writer/Editor, Navy
Alan McDonald: Writer (deceased)
Peggy Watson: Writer
Eric Wicherts: Writer
Robyn Williams: Writer