venue for military history in the Okanagan-
Okanagan Military Museum is located in the Memorial Arena building
in Kelowna at 1424 Ellis Street. The Okanagan Military Museum Society
which oversees the museum is dedicated to the preservation of our
military and naval history, within a local context, as a valuable
contribution to our community. Thousands of Okanagan Valley residents
have served in our country's armed services and hundreds continue
to serve in our Regular or Reserve forces or have relatives in these
categories. In addition, our youth continue to have a connection to
our military history either actively through participation in Cadets,
during Remembrance Day activities or as part of their educational
development as well informed future citizens.
The museum has a significant collection of military artifacts such
as military small arms, uniforms, insignia, badges and equipment.
The collection includes relics and artifacts from the Boer War, World
War I and II, the Korean War, the Cold War and contemporary military
operations. The British Columbia Dragoons regiment
is well represented as the Okanagan's military presence along with
the RCMP. An extensive collection of medals and photographs in the
museum archives assist in telling the story of these organizations
and of the Okanagan connection with other services and units in the
The museum has
a superb collection of firearms that is one of the best in western
Canada. For those interested in research there is a well stocked reference
library of over 3,000 books on all aspects of military history available
to visitors. Included in this archive is a steadily growing collection
of original documents, diaries, letters and certificates of significance
to our military history.
fall and winter hours are: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday,
10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is free however donations
are appreciated. During the summer season the museum is open Tues-Sat.
A variety of
school and group tours are available, go to: