The Vancouver Island Military Museum is located in North Nanaimo Town Centre Mall in Nanaimo (formerly Rutherford Mall in Colvilletown).
This is a wonderful storefront setting that houses a fine and valuable collection of military memorabilia. There is also a book room for doing research. There are vets who volunteer to be interpretors at the museum, and one of the guys told me that only 1/3 of their total artifacts are on display.
I visited the museum today, having last been inside approx 5 years ago. I was happy to see a new room added, for more displays.
For anyone interested in learning more about what Canada has done re military and to gain a better understanding of the local history connection, you should visit this museum. It's well worth your time.
From their website:
Hours of Operation
- Monday to Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m.
- Closed Sundays and
- Entrance Fee: Donation box...Great, now I need to revise my philanthropy-budget yet again.... I keep running into good local organizations to donate to. Good problem to have.Funding
- The Vancouver Island Military Museum acknowledges the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.
- The Vancouver Island Military Museum is and all-volunteer non-profit organization.
- Please help us support our military history with a donation. Income tax receipts will be issued.
I realized that this place is a valuable holder of memorabilia and history, not just for Nanaimo, but for Canada. I had a lot of "wow" moments while visiting.
The new room:
the founder (thank you, sir)
Wow, if you like detail models, check this out in-person.
Collection of different types of Spitfires
Wonderful large model of HMS Ajax
And to cap-off the new room tour: