Royal Canadian Regiment Museum at Wolseley Barracks
To honour the men and women that serve in our armed forces, I wanted to encourage you to visit the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum at the Wolseley Barracks in London, Ontario. The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum tells the story of the first infantry regiment established in Canada. The regimental history can be traced back to the War of 1812 and it overlaps with some of the most significant episodes of post-confederation Canadian history. Located on Oxford Street east just off of Adelaide and west of Highbury Street. You can easily access the museum from the 401 and 402 highways. I visited the museum with my children and enjoyed the many exhibits and the grounds surrounding the museum. The museum was built and maintained “to preserve, collect and present artifacts from the Regiment and bring pride, esprit and solidarity amongst the members of the RCR.” The Royal Canadian Regiment (The RCR) is Canada’s senior Regular Force Infantry Regiment. Formed in 1883, it has garrisoned communities from Halifax to Victoria and has served in virtually every military campaign undertaken by the country. The active or serving component of the Regiment consists of:
- Regimental Headquarters and The Regimental Warehouse co-located at Victoria Barracks in Petawawa, Ontario;
- The 1st Battalion at Victoria Barracks and the 3rd Battalion at Foulkes Barracks, both in Petawawa, Ontario;
- The 2nd Battalion at Gregg Barracks in Gagetown, New Brunswick;
- The 4th Battalion at Wolseley Barracks in London, Ontario;
- The Regimental Association, which includes retired or former serving members as well as serving soldiers, Non-Commissioned Officers and officers of the Regiment, is represented by established branches across Canada. Its National Headquarters is co-located with Regimental Headquarters.
The collection is formed of a large variety of objects: regimental memorials, silverware, uniforms, medals, original art, weapons, military equipment, archives, musical instruments, etc. To fulfill its mandate, the museum continues to pro-actively collect historically significant objects and archives that are connected to The RCR history. If you wish to donate artifacts to the museum or have inquiries about the collection, please contact the curator for an assessment.
Located in the west wing of the Wolseley Barracks, this ensemble of buildings is registered as a National Heritage site. This is a multilevel museum with a quiet room where you can take in the beautiful stain glassed window and the artifacts commemorating our fallen soldiers.
Canadian Honours and Awards
In the Canadian Honours and Awards sections, you can see many of the commemorative There are also many memorial and ceremonial trophies. They are beautiful and well displayed with memorials for the First and Second World Wars along with other plaques and then you enter a section that is all about the medals that soldier can received. You will also see
As with many other military museums, it is always interesting to see the different regalia and formal and combat uniforms that the soldiers must wear. It reminded me of the different uniforms that were displayed in the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. With synthetic and man-made materials so light weight these days, it is amazing to see some of these uniforms. You know that those heavy woollen jackets had to be heavy and hot in the summer and far too cold in the winter.
History in the Making
War can be so abstract for students. It is great to see how the history of the regiment is illustrated through the years. It give the visitor greater prospective on when wars began and when they ended. This linear illustration is an area that you might want to spend extra time in. From the the pictures and
As you tour the rest of the museum, you will see vignettes of different roles that the RCR have played in history. Whether it is as part of a United Nations Peacekeeping mission in Cyprus or the 2006 Operation Medusa in Afghanistan. The museum has the uniforms and weapons used during these missions.
The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum also has an extensive educational component and has visits that you can book for school children from SK to Grade 12. They are adapted to be able to take advantage of the Ontario Curriculum and cover social studies, history, geography, mathematics, science and technology, Canadian and World Studies, English and science. This museum is a small treasure in our city and it is worth a visit. Give yourself about 90 – 2 hours for a comprehensive visit.
701 Oxford Street East
London, ON N5Y 4T7
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Tue, Wed & Fri 10:00 – 16:00
Thu 10:00 – 20:00
Sat & Sun 12:00 – 16:00
Closed on Mondays and on statutory holidays except for Remembrance Day
Although the museum does not charge admission fees, an honorarium is recommended to cover for administration fees related to bookings and programs delivery.
11 November 2015 – Museum Open from 10:00am to 8:00pm
Everyone is welcome to observe the remembrance ceremony conducted by 4RCR in the Parade Square at Wolseley Barracks. The museum will be open on extended hours. Veterans will be on site throughout the day to interact with the public and other interactive activities will be available