Royal Canadian Military Institute

Type: Museum

This institute strives to be Canada’s premier independent institute for the study of military strategy, arts, and literature and promotes public understanding of Canada’s political and military history.


Conservation / Preservation:


  • Primitive and modern weaponry.
  • Flags, badges, and medals.
  • British, American, and French soldier figurines.
  • Sketches, watercolours, prints, photographs, and oil paintings with emphases on Canadian and British Military History.


  • Military manuals, service journals, periodicals, and rare books dating back to the eighteenth century.
  • Canadian Official War Photographs of World War One.
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force Casualty and Nominal Rolls.
  • Orders of Battle for World War One and World War Two.
  • British and Canadian Officer Lists for the Army, Navy and Air Force.
  • British and Canadian Regimental, squadron, and ship histories.

Public Programming:


Exhibits focus on the evolution of Canadian military arms, equipment, and uniforms.

Public Lectures

Regular lectures on aspects of Canadian military history, international affairs, and military strategy are held, often as part of the Insitute’s Military History Nights and Defence Studies Committee Roundtables and Luncheons.


Regular publications, such as RCMI Commentary, Sitrep, The General Sir William Otter Papers, and Heritage Papers dealing with contemporary military and strategic issues, foreign affairs, and artefacts of significance to the Institute and its museum.


Tours of museum exhibits for school classes as well as the general public and participation in Toronto’s Door’s Open festival.

Volunteer/Internship/Placement Opportunities:

Address & Contact Information:

426 University Avenue
Toronto, ON
M5G 1S9

Phone: 416-597-6919; 1-800-585-1072

Hours of Operation:

The museum is closed for redevelopment until Spring, 2013.

Key Words: military