Vancouver Island Military Museum At A Glance - Our Displays

Below are just some examples of our displays and exhibits. Come in to the museum and experience history with our self-guided tour.

Navy Display Vancouver Island Military Museum Royal Canadian Navy 

Naval display depicting life at sea during the Battle of the Atlantic.

Naval uniforms, ships' models, and an illustrated time-line showing the history of the RCN to present day.

  The War of 1812

Follow along a time-line map showing both major land and naval battles.
War of 1812

One of the finest displays depicting Canada's first military struggle.

Come see our period uniforms, an authentic Brown Bess Musket, military pistol & accoutrements.

The Canadian Airforce

A location chart of RCAF bases and a time-line of significant events in Canadian Air Force history.
Royal Canadian Air Force

The Royal Canadian Air Force story from 1920 to present day.

We feature dispalys showcasing the famous Snowbirds, Bomber & Fighter Commands from WWII, and the largest model Spitfire display in Canada.
  Canadian Army History

Small arms, uniforms, maps and diagrams also show Canada's commitments in Korea and Afghanistan.
Canadian Army  

Canadian Army history featuring exhibits on the Boer War and WWI & II.

We feature artifacts from the trenches of WWI including an authentic Vickers Machine Gun as the centrepiece.
 Our Canadian Merchant Navy Our Merchant Navy

We honour the incredibly brave seamen who served in the Merchant Navy, transporting vital supplies to our troops overseas.

Photos, artifacts, survival equipment and models of Escort and Merchant ships are just a small part of our tribute display.
  Canadian Decorations and Medals 
The largest medal display under one roof in BC.
Medals and Decorations

Displays to recognize and honour the service of Canada's & Allied Military, including the Merchant Navy and RCMP.

We are proud to display many examples of the awards & honours together with framed pictures on the men and women recognized.
 Women in the Armed Forces
Canadian women served in all three branches of the Canadian Armed Forces, Army, Navy and Air Force.
Women in the Armed Forces

With over 50,000 Canadian women in uniform during WWI & II, including nursing sisters, we are proud to display the history of their service.
   Life on the Home Front
Follow the story of the working women in the armaments industry and a feature on Canada's War Brides.
Life on the Home Front

This exhibit showcases war time life with ration books, meat tokens, war bonds and dozens of WWI & WWII artifacts and items of memorabilia.
Red Corss poster Red Cross/St John Ambulance/Salvation Army

From the field hospitals of WWI in France to the Blitz of London, these three organizations are honoured with an exhibit telling the story of their commitments in times of conflict in our Nation's history.

Medals, uniforms, pictures, artifacts and memorabilia tell the story.
  Battle for Hong Kong Hong Kong

Uniforms, weapons, Japanese Ceremonial Swords and models tell the tragic story of the defence of Hong Kong by Canadian and Allied soldiers.

Medals, flags and pictures complete the exhibit.

A showcase of pictures and stories of the SOE and the resistance movements.
The Secret War

Tells the story of Camp X, Canada's WWII Spy training school on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Canadian and Allied secret agents and their heroism are revealed for you here.
  Korean War
Uniforms, artifacts and pictures tell the story of Canada's UN contribution in Korea.

The Korean War exhibit features a relief map illustrating the Korean Peninsula and the countries who fought on both sides in the war.
The exhibit displays uniforms, rank & trade badges and police service lit including an authentic Buffalo coat and period uniform.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Canada's National Police Force.

The history of the NWMP/RCMP told through an illustrated history of "The March West."
   UN Peacekeepers Peacekeeping

This display shows Canadians making a difference in the world's trouble spots.

Uniforms, location maps and a humanitarian air-lift diorama featuring the C-130 Hercules, Jeeps and APC vehicles.
Aboriginal Peoples

An exhibit honouring the contribution of Canada's Aboriginal Veterans including uniforms and weapons of the Canadian Rangers who guard Canada's sovereignty in the Arctic.
  Afghanistan Afghanistan

Canada's longest war is depicted in pictures and a historical overview covering the war from 2001 to 2011.

We are proud to display a pictorial tribute to the men and women the the Canadian Armed Forces who gave their lives in the cause of peace and freedom.


100 Cameron Rd.
Nanaimo BC  V9R 0C8
Tel: 250 753 3814
Email: oic

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