The Okanagan Military
Museum was established in 1998 as a result of the inspiration and
efforts of a number of veteran's and retired Canadian Forces members
working in conjunction with the founding organizations that supported
the creation of a military museum in the annex of the Memorial Arena
building. The location of the museum in the Memorial Arena is especially
significant as this building is Kelowna's "living memorial"
dedicated to those who fought in the Second World War.
The museum's mission
is the protection, preservation and presentation of the Okanagan Valley's
proud military heritage. This heritage includes the contribution made
by valley residents to our national miltary history both as individuals
and units serving in the armed forces of Canada, the Commonwealth
and our allies. It also includes sites of historical significance
such as the Vernon Military Camp and Commando Bay where special operations
personnel were trained during WWII.
we need a military museum in the Okanagan-
For as long as human
society has existed an essential part of society has been the recording
of its past experiences. The military heritage of the Okanagan Valley
is a component of that need to record the passage of time and the
role that those in our local society have played in the story of our
country. By learning more of our past we can acquire a better understanding
of not just what went before us but of the environment in which we
now live. Perhaps we are simply listening to the warning of the philosopher
George Santayana when he wrote in 1906:
who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it!"
The Okanagan Military
Museum's role is to provide a local venue were this important part
of the history of this region can be illustrated to those who live
you come down to the Okanagan Military Museum be sure to also spend
some time visiting our partner museums in the downtown cultural district.
To find out more about these other historical options go to the Kelowna
Museums Association site at:
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