Canadian military efforts are a big part of Kingston culture and an especially important topic around November. In light of Remembrance Day, I wanted to search for a place where I could enlighten myself on the history of Canada’s relationship with military power. Kingston’s Military C & E Museum, filled with Canadian military exhibits, came to mind.
The Military Communications & Electronics Museum is a valuable resource when wanting to learn about Canada’s involvement and contributions to the various modern wars throughout history. The museum initially opened on base in 1961. It transferred to its current, purpose-built building in 1996. In a vast open space of 10,000 sq. ft., the museum displays military communications equipment and memorabilia ranging from the mid 1800’s to more present conflicts which include the UN and NATO.
The museum is organized to lead you through time and the evolution of Canadian innovation. Curators went through great lengths to realistically present how and in what context items would have be used.
Mannequins dress in authentic style clothing from the periods they represent. Mannequins include those at communication posts, in underground dugouts, and on military vehicles. Different artifacts are also displayed together in scenes, like an actual moment taking place in history has been captured. There are also interactive portions of the Canadian military exhibits which are perfect for keeping the interest of kids.
In the theme of Remembrance Day, the Military C & E Museum is a perfect place to visit for an in-depth look in Canadian military history.
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