The Royal Westminster Regiment Museum, New Westminster

The Royal Westminster Regiment Armoury Building was first occupies in 1896 above the city of New Westminster, British Columbia. Over a century later, the Armoury is still in operation housing a military regiment as well as a museum encompassing artifacts spanning decades of history and conflict from the Boer War to the two World Wars. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

The Royal Westminster Regiment Armoury located on the corner of Sixth Street and Queens Avenue offers a museum inside which spans the history of its participation in global conflicts.

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1 hour

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By Donation

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Dating from 1863, the Royal Westminster Regiment has served the City of New Westminster, the Province of British Columbia and the Country of Canada in several wars and battles to defend the liberties and freedoms Canadians enjoy today. Inside the Armoury which overlooks the oldest city in the province is the Museum situated in the old gun room of this historic building. Inside, dozens of display cases are filled with artifacts, weaponry, scale models, uniforms, medals, photos and journals for visitors to enjoy and explore the rich military history of the region.

The large white building overlooking the city of Westminster is one of its most important, housing the historic Royal Westminster Regiment in this armoury and barracks. The Regiment dates back to November of 1863 when it was formed originally as a militia for the region prior to the creation of the Province. Inside the armoury is the Royal Westminster Regiment Museum housed in the old gun room which is filled top to bottom with artifacts, photos, journals, displays, weaponry and accolades spanning the Regiment's rich history in several wars, battles and defence of the region.

Accessible only by buzzer, visitors must come between scheduled hours (check the tab above for times) to enjoy the museum. Inside, visitors can explore this small but well organized museum starting from the early battles and wars the Regiment participated in to more recent displays of patches and rank badges worn by officers. Knowledgeable volunteers are on hand to tell stories and point out some of the museum's most interesting pieces such as items owned and worn by Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery who successfully commanded Allied forces at the Battle of El Alamein, a major turning point in the Western Desert Campaign during World War II.

There are some humbling and interesting artifacts to see at the Royal Westminster Regiment Museum such as a German canteen found in Flanders Field and memorials to soldiers from the Regiment which have lost their lives.

The Museum is an interesting locale to visit for both military enthusiasts as well as curious visitors wanting to learn more about the history of the region and the sacrifices made by brave men and women for their Province and their Country.

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The Military Museum in the Royal Westminster Regiment Armoury is located in New Westminster, British Columbia can be found to the left of the entrance into the gymnasium which visitors are buzzed through. The small but well done Museum is filled with artifacts ranging from the decades the Regiment has been in service and entry is by donation.
The display case along the back of the Royal Westminster Regiment Museum in the Armoury in New Westminster, British Columbia is a scale model of groupings of vehicles sent out in war times. This interesting model spanning over five meters long was possible by a large donation to help teach visitors about this aspect of war.
The Royal Westminster Regiment Museum in New Westminster, British Columbia is crammed with hundreds of artifacts ranging from several decades of conflict. Many of the pieces are items from the Second World War with uniforms, gas masks, weaponry and medals seen throughout the Museum at the Armoury.
The Royal Westminster Regiment Museum in New Westminster, British Columbia is home to hundreds of artifacts from the many conflicts the Regiment has been involved with since its inception. Some of the most sentimental are artifacts such as this canteen from Flanders Field in Belgium which is the location of the famous poem by Canadian Solider John McCrae.
Filled with hundreds of artifacts, the Royal Westminster Regiment Museum in the Armoury in New Westminster, British Columbia offers visitors a look at the artifacts amassed in the Regiments hundred plus years of service. Filled with weaponry, journals, clothing, pictures and medals there are many different things to see at this interesting and informative Museum.
The Royal Westminster Armoury based in New Westminster, British Columbia is home to a Regiment which has served the British Commonwealth for decades. Through its many years of service, two of its soldiers have been awarded the highest military decoration, the Victoria Cross and are commemorated on a plaque outside of the Armoury.
The Royal Westminster Regiment Museum is located inside the Armoury in New Westminster, British Columbia and is filled with artifacts, photos and information about the regiment's participation in different wars including the First and Second World Wars.


Location of The Royal Westminster Regiment Museum

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The Museum is located inside the Royal Westminster Regiment building at the back left of the gymnasium.
530 Queens Ave


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