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CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum

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CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum

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#32daysofdisney Family wrote a review Oct. 2019
Shelburne, Canada149 contributions58 helpful votes
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Free museum accepts donations for entry. Very educational and great view of ships and subs through periscope and cool kids play area.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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foodfan1956 wrote a review Apr. 2019
Vancouver, Canada82 contributions23 helpful votes
This was a very enjoyable 2 hrs (we had Cecil to guide us round and he was really fun and knowledgeable). It may take less if you wander round on your own but the staff there certainly know their stuff and the two guys we met were military veterans so they have great stories! I don't think there is enough for older kids to really keep them amused for long (we have 6 & 9 yrs old grandsons and it may entertain them for a short while but there are not many hands on displays for that age group. The play area is great for younger kids though. Claire greeted us initially and she was THE most welcoming host, she seemed so happy to see us! There is a lot to enjoy here and the displays are well presented. Lots of models and medals with stories that go with the artefacts. We both enjoyed our visit - thanks Cecil, Don & Claire :)
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Murray C wrote a review Nov. 2018
Campbell River, Canada130 contributions61 helpful votes
With the rise in awareness of Remembrance Day due to social media I'm always rather surprized it doesn't translate to stronger interest in visiting museums. A suggested entry fee of $2 would allow anyone to visit although feel free to leave more. Housed in a historic building the displays are up close and personal with enough information to inform without being overwhelming. For non naval types the many displays of ships might be a bit too much but I especially appreciated seeing the Depth Charge Display and also the Cold War bunker with all of its' tinned goods.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Slade L wrote a review Oct. 2018
St. Albert, Canada95 contributions19 helpful votes
This was a pleasant surprise. The RCN has done a great job of showing their extensive history, both recent and long past. There are numerous detailed exhibits in two main sections. The main section is for naval history and that's where you pay (only a few dollars, cash is suggested). The other section (one has to leave the naval area and go outside and down the verandah) is for West Coast Defences displays. This area is also well done with a decent but small Hong Kong exhibit. There are other themes as well but these two captured my interest the most. The museum also has a nice kids play area.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Sheree wrote a review Oct. 2017
Edmonton, Canada445 contributions144 helpful votes
Google Maps will have a little trouble finding this place, but don’t give up; it is well worth the search. People in the area are used to the confusion and give excellent directions. You must have picture ID to access this working military base. You will then drive down a windy road, following blue lines. Once at the museum, you will find abundant parking and an unmanned museum. Suggested prices ($1/student, $1/senior) proved a real bargain for my granddaughter and me. We roved through both parts (there are two areas to explore) for about an hour and a half. We both loved the exhibits. And the education. In particular, look for the 50s Cold War bomb shelter. And the kids’ interactive playroom. I would easily visit this wonderfully maintained museum again.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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