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Review of The Military Museums

The Military Museums
Ranked #8 of 292 things to do in Calgary
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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.
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“For Young and Old!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

Wow. My 8 yr-old son was simply amazed. Every room held his attention! I also brought a 21-yr-old male (friend of the family) who too was simply amazed by it all. I was shocked at how large it was, how real everything was, how well they captured the moments of time. It is truly worth a visit - worth a few visits really. If it was an adult only visit, I would've spent more time reading and the visit would've taken longer than 3 hours........so with that said, in order to keep the attention of the younger folks, the artifacts were truly meaningful even though we were there for just under 3 hours. It asks below about a few items I cannot answer because we simply didn't require their use ie: stroller / elevator / wheelchair access.....I would suggest a quick call or visit their website. We will be back =O)

Visited December 2012
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“Not just for military buffs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

But if you are a military buff, then this is the place for you. It has museums for each of the 4 army regiments - Princess Patricia's, King's Own, Lord Strathcona's and Calgary Highlanders. There is the Army museum, Navy and Air Force as well as an art gallery.
Really well worth the trip.

There are active service men and women that work there as well as veterans and volunteers. They have tons of stories to tell. Some of the WWII vets are getting older and it is worth the visit to listen to their first hand accounts.

Visited January 2013
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“Great place for the whole family.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

All they ask for is a donation. If you have a large family and don't have a lot of money, this will keep the family entertained and educate them on our history. For a city the size of Calgary I was impressed by it.

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“Absolute hidden gem, over the top amazing place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

So much to see, many galleries, often has new displays, very well maintained. We were oohing and wowing in the naval museum. you get to see tank, jet, torpedo and many more. Most importantly, informative, friendly and enthusiastic staffs. Kids can have birthday party there, they will have a blast pretending to be soldiers wearing hats and uniforms as they march and other interesting themes. As if this is not enough, on top of this, the amazing deal is family program only cost $30 per family per year ! Nowadays a family couldn't go anywhere for $30 for a day, let alone a whole year with different themes customized for family. Unbelievably good !

Visited January 2013
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“Love the Military Museum!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

This is a brilliant museum to learn a bit of history on the wars that Canadians have taken part in, and in my opinion not been credited for enough. There is loads to read and experience here, take a day or even two if you like to learn.

Visited February 2012
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