Elgin Military Museum

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Coordinates: 42°46′44″N 81°12′34″W / 42.778866°N 81.209468°W / 42.778866; -81.209468

Elgin Military Museum
Location St. Thomas, Ontario.
Type military and war museum
Website http://www.elginmilitarymuseum.ca/

The Elgin Military Museum is located in St. Thomas, Ontario. Its mandate is to preserve the local historical record of military service from the War of 1812 to present day peace keeping missions of the Canadian Forces.


The Elgin Military Museum was established by ordinary citizens in 1982 to recognize the contribution of other ordinary citizens who were, like themselves, called upon to meet the extra ordinary circumstances of war.

The museum recounts the stories of Elgin County residents from the War of 1812 to Afghanistan. Exhibits include models by highly respected craftsmen and a collection of some 600 UN and NATO badges. Exhibits are not confined to the interior as the museum has two M113 armored personnel carrier [1] on permanent display.

The Elgin Military Museum may well be the only such museum on the continent that has space dedicated to an elephant. However, Jumbo,[2] the largest elephant ever held in captivity, met his demise here in St. Thomas, Ontario on September 15, 1885. In 1985, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his death, a life-size monument of this gentle animal was installed on the brow of the hill a hundred yards up the street from the Museum. Finding a home for the monument had proved to be a significant problem until several members of the museum board (who just happened to serve on the Jumbo Monument Committee) convinced other members of the museum board to permit the statue of Jumbo to be placed in the parking lot the museum had just built on Talbot Street.

However, that is just the beginning of the 'menagerie' which also includes the kangaroo and dolphins. Currently, the Elgin Military Museum is in the process of acquiring an Oberon Class Cold War Submarine, HMCS Ojibwa (S72). At just under 300 feet long and five storeys high, she will be the largest artifact in the collection. As the city of St. Thomas is landlocked, HMCS Ojibwa will be the primary artifact in a satellite ‘sub station’ of the museum to be located in Port Burwell, Ontario on Lake Erie. The submarine is expected to be moved from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Port Burwell in 2012.

In November 2012, the submarine was moved to Port Burwell and the summer of 2013 saw the submarine opened to tours.


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The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, OMMC and Virtual Museum of Canada.


  1. ^ "M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers at official website". Elginmilitarymuseum.ca. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  2. ^ "Jumbo". Elginmilitarymuseum.ca. 1942-08-19. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 

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