The
Lethbridge
Military
Museum

NOTE: THE MUSEUM IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION AT THE VIMY RIDGE ARMOURY. The Lethbridge Military Museum’s Mission is to promote and exhibit to the public the rich military history of Lethbridge and area from 1899 to the present. We hope this, in turn, will lead to a better understanding of our community’s military contribution to the preservation of world peace and security.

Lethbridge has had a remarkable military history
for well over 100 years.

Many in the community are unaware of just how significant it has been. Indeed, soldiers, sailors, and air persons from Lethbridge and area served in the Boer War, two world wars, the Korean conflict, and both peacekeeping and peacemaking missions throughout the world and most recently, Afghanistan. Come out and visit the museum. It is their story and a city’s story – on the home front and the battlefields through our nation’s history.

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Hours of Operation

Note: The museum is temporarily closed due to construction at the Vimy Ridge Armoury. Once construction is completed the museum will be open each Wednesday 12 to 4 PM.
Once open again, individuals wishing to make arrangements to visit the museum at a time or day other than Wednesday afternoons can make arrangements by calling: 403-929-4265 or e-mail: gmiller114@shaw.ca

Admission

To encourage viewing and knowledge of the Museum admission is free. Donations, however, are gratefully accepted.

Location

The Museum is located in the Vimy Ridge Armoury located at the Lethbridge Airport, 337 Stubb Ross Road.

View Map 337 Stubb Ross Rd, Lethbridge

HMCS LETHBRIDGE at Sydney, Nova Scotia 5 April 1944 (Source: Library and Archives Canada PA-116261)

Volunteers

Volunteers are the greatest asset of any organization.

Persons willing to assist the Museum or supervise during Museum opening hours should phone telephone number 403-929-4265.

20TH Battery CFA CEF departing Lethbridge by train for war in June 1915. (Source: Galt Museum and Archives 19981035042)

Mosaic Project

To celebrate the Veterans of Lethbridge and area a compelling 6’ X 10’ Mural, now called the "Mural of Remembrance,"has been painted and housed in the Lethbridge Military Museum. The "Mural of Remembrance" was officially unveiled on 9 June 2017. The artist, Mr. Bill Bewick, from Calgary was present and participated in the ceremony.

The Mural highlights Brigadier General J. Stewart, HMCS Lethbridge, and a 429 Squadron (City of Lethbridge) C-17 aircraft and is composed of 60 12"X12" portraits and scenes. These portraits and scenes allow 60 stories to be told on an interactive computer all of which relate to the military history of Lethbridge and area.

Mosaic Project

Here is a video of the Mural Project:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahsm9jM3xhM

View Interactive Mosaic

Royal Flying Corps aircraft during training manoeuvres at Leaside, Ontario. (Source: Glenbow Archives NA-4152-2)

Governance

The Lethbridge Military Museum is governed by the Lethbridge Military Unit Senate Association which is a registered society under the Government of Alberta Societies Act. One of the objects of the society is to foster interest in military history. The current Chairperson of the Association is Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel Rick Casson a prominent citizen of the Lethbridge area and former Member of Parliament for the Lethbridge riding. Responsible to the Lethbridge Military Unit Senate Association for the development and running of the Museum is the Military Museum Committee.

Current Members
  • Chairman - Brigadier General (Retired) Raymond Romses
  • Deputy Chairman – Major (Retired) Donald Graham
  • Ms. Wendy Aitkens
  • Mr. Gordon Brown
  • Mr. Brett Clifton
  • Lieutenant (Navy) (Retired) Gary Cook
  • Major (Retired) Jim Donaldson
  • Chief Warrant Officer (Retired) Bert Lapointe
  • Captain Robert Mein
  • Warrant Officer (Retired) Glenn Miller