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The Military Museums

4520 Crowchild Trail SW

Calgary, AB


HOURS: daily 9am – 5pm.

ADMISSION (+GST):  adults $15; seniors $5; students/youth (7-17) $5; children under 7, Veterans/Serving Military and Members free.

To Nov 22
Mission: Afghanistan. A bilingual traveling exhibit discussing Canada’s military involvement in Afghanistan from 2001-2014, and is based upon the experiences of Canadians who served there. Listen to excerpts from over two hundred oral history recordings illustrating the commitment and sacrifices made by Canadians.

Tensile Strength: Weavers and War showcases carpets known as Afghan War Rugs. Mounted to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, all exhibits come from the textile holdings at Nickle Galleries. First appearing after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, Afghan weavers started incorporating guns, tanks, landmines, and aircraft into their rug production. Following 9/11, war rugs were likely made as souvenirs. This exhibition explores Afghan weavers’ creativity and resilience, demonstrating the complex interplay of conflict and culture.


The Founders’ Gallery is a temporary exhibition space run by the University of Calgary in the Military Museums. The gallery shows both historical and contemporary exhibitions dealing with the themes of human conflict.

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