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“Military Museum exceeded all expectations” 5 of 5 stars
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The Military Museums
4520 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary, Alberta T2T 5J4, Canada
403-410-2340
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Ranked #4 of 230 Attractions in Calgary
Type: Military Museums
Activities: Leisure education
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Owner description: The Military Museums. Discover the victories, tragedies, and sacrifices of the Canadian Forces. Experience life at the helm in a Second World War ship's wheelhouse, walk through a First World War trench, and witness a bomber squadron's mission over enemy territory. The Military Museums is dedicated to representing Canada's navy, army, and air force, and educating the public, particularly youth, about Canada's military. Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $5, Youth 7-17 $4, Family $20, Children 6 and under are free. Free admission for veterans and Canadian Forces personnel. Hours: Weekdays 9:00 AM to 5 PM, Weekends & Statutory Holidays 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's day. TMM is a Canadian Forces tri-service history, heritage, art, research, and educational institution. It is composed of the following organizations: * Naval Museum of Alberta * Army Museum of Alberta * Air Force Museum of Alberta * Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) Museum * Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Museum and Archives * The King's Own Calgary Regiment (Royal Canadian Armoured Corps) Museum * The Calgary Highlanders Regimental Museum and Archives * The University of Calgary Military Museums Library and Archives. The Museum of the Regiments was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 30 June 1990. The Queen Elizabeth II Atrium was dedicated to Her Majesty during the visit of Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh on 25 May 2005. The Military Museums was renamed “The Military Museums” (TMM) by Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex during the visit of Her Royal Highness on 3 June 2006.TMM’s $18.5 million capital expansion and renovation has seen the facility grow from 52,000 sq ft to 104,000 sq ft, making it the second largest military museum in Canada. The expanded facility is now tri-service and includes the relocated Naval Museum of Alberta and the newly-created Air Force Museum of Alberta.TMM’s education programs are tied in with Alberta’s provincial education curriculum and have won both provincial and national awards of excellence.
Edmonton, Canada
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“Military Museum exceeded all expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Located at 4520 Crowchild Trail SW, in Calgary, Alberta, this revamped museum is second only to Ottawa's Museum. Multiple services are represented and the displays are out of this world! They spared no expense to the figures. You actually feel like you've been transported back in time! The staff are super helpful too! There's also a great kitshop for all those souvenirs you have to have!

Visited June 2014
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“Fabulous museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Wonderful place to visit with the family. Lots of memorabilia, pictures and items to view to get a sense of the military machinery and history. Highly recommend!

Visited November 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“A trip worth the while”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Although it is possible to reach the Military Museums by public transport, it is definitely much easier with a private vehicle. They are located just east of Blackfoot Dr in Calgary and there is a large parking lot next to the museums to leave a vehicle.

It is an ideal place for slightly older groups, although young children seem to find it interesting as well. We had only one young girl (6) in our group, but she was interested in the displays as well.

It is very educational to see who, what and where Canadians were involved in the Second World War.

Visited November 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“History comes to life!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The history of war and the military might not be everyone's "thing"; but, in the immortal words of someone more famous than I (and smarter), I could be paraphrasing somewhat here: "If we don't understand out past, we're bound to repeat it!"

The Military Museums in Calgary have done a wonderful job of putting the history of Canada's military into an interesting and engaging way that draws you into their numerous displays. If you only have an hour or two, you can fly through it and get a real sense of what our military experience was during various wars. In two hours, you won't have time to read everything but you'll get a true sense of the history. If you more time, you could probably spend hours experiencing and reading everything on display in the museum.

Well worth a visit if you can. It's relatively easy to get to and there's lots of free parking. If weather is cooperative, there's some outdoor exhibits (tanks, planes, and other vehicles) too.

Visited November 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Excellent museums!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This is six museums combined into one - 4 army regimental, Air Force, and superb naval museum. Serving military, veterans and spouses get in free. There are some armoured vehicles and a rather tatty CF-5 outside. The naval section was great with lots of models and numerous gun mounts. The regimental museums are top notch filled with history and memorablia. An Army major was wandering through the Patricia Regiment Museum and we had quite the one-on-one discussion about arms and tactics (he just returned from Afghanistan). The Air Force museum was disappointing.

Visited May 2014
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