Canadian Forces Museums hold an amazing array of objects relating to Canada’s military heritage, and the Museums at Garrison Petawawa are no exception!

The dawn of the 20th century saw the need for larger guns with a greater range of fire. A suitable artillery range was needed and, in 1905, Canadian Forces Base Petawawa was born. Since then some famous Regiments and Units have called the Ottawa Valley home – the Canadian Airborne Forces, Royal Canadian Regiment, The Canadian Guards, 427 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, the Royal Canadian Dragoons and most recently the Canadian Special Operations Regiment. The stories of some of these and other illustrious Regiments and Units, and the men and women who have proudly served Canada are told in the Garrison Petawawa Military Museum.

As a visitor to the Garrison Petawawa Museums, you will discover wonderful treasures and intriguing stories from the histories of Petawawa, the Canadian Forces Base, the Canadian National Guards, Canadian Airborne Forces and collections from the many military units and battalions who call Petawawa home.

Canadian Forces Airborne Museum

  • Discover top-secret maps of Monte la Difensa and Kiska Island.
  • View the war booty taken from German prisoners by Allied soldiers.
  • View aerial photographs of glider landings during the Invasion of Normandy.
  • Who did the Germans call the “Black Devils” and why?
  • Discover the heroic story of Cpl Fred Topham, who was awarded a Victoria Cross for his actions during Operation Varsity.
  • Learn about the heart wrenching story of Somalia and the demise of the Canadian Airborne Regiment.

CFB Petawawa Museum

  • Why does the Garrison Petawawa Military Museum have a small wooden box made by Adrien Arcand, the leader of the Christian Nationalist Socialist Party?
  • Why are artillery shells made by a local Canadian foundry, marked with Russian Cyrillic text?
  • What did Garrison Petawawa and Sir Alexander Graham Bell have in common?
  • What is the link between the 427 Squadron and Hollywood's MGM Studios?

Thank you for your Artifacts

Museums are tasked with the preservation of our collective community heritage. To be able to do this properly, the artifacts must be stored in artifact friendly storage facilities, protecting them from light, dust, excessive humidity and temperature, and handling. If you or a family member has donated items to our Museums, and do not see it on display, it is being held in storage for future generations to learn from and enjoy. Even exhibiting a uniform for a few months will damage the fragile textile, and fade the brilliant colors found on most military uniforms. We aim to rotate our displays when possible to ensure each artifact is on display for a short period to the general public. If you have any questions or concerns, please let the Museums’ staff know. We would be happy to assist.

Looking for New Acquisitions

The Museums are willing to consider a new aquisition should it fit within our mandate and collection policy. If you have something you think we would be interested in, please contact the Collections Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Each artifact is assessed and when accepted into the collection is cleaned, documented and placed in our storage facility. We appreciate as much information as possible when donating, of the items history or the person who owned/used it. All of this information is kept within our system for use in future displays and research.

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