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The Military Communications and Electronics Museum

Facilities & Services Overview


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Accurate and timely information is essential to any activity. In military operations it becomes a matter of life or death. During the 20th century, that information was communicated largely through the use of evolving electronic technologies. This Museum documents that development and celebrates the contributions of the people who made it possible.

The C&E Museum however is not really new. It had been housed in a basement on Canadian Forces Base Kingston since 1963. These accommodations were too small, too hard to find, and were not handicapped accessible. Since there was no air conditioning, humidity and temperature changes were very hard on the Museum's collection.

In 1987, the members of the Communications and Electronics Branch decided that they had to build a new facility. Construction began in October 1994, and the building was completed in November of 1995, with the official opening in May 1996.

The new building not only has space to display and store the Museum's extensive collection and archive, but it has labs, offices, a workshop, and a conference room. The facility also features ample bus and car parking and a souvenir shop, making the Museum much more attractive as a tourism destination.

About 20,000 people visit the Museum each year, including bus tours from outside Kingston. The Museum is a major addition to Kingston's tourism industry.

The C&E Museum has much to offer Kingston, beyond being a heritage site and a tourist attraction. Several of the Museum's facilities are available to serve the needs of the greater Kingston area.

The Bell Conference Room is already a popular feature of the Museum. It is available for booking and is complete with audio/visual capability. Sponsored by Bell Canada, it is suitable for meetings, lectures, or classes, seating up to 100 people. Catering is available and arrangements may be made by contacting Brenda at (613)541-4675.

The Museum's archive is also intended as a public resource. For anyone interested in the history of the C&E Branch, the early days of CFB Kingston, or the development of Canada's arctic region, the archive can be an invaluable help. In fact, because the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals did so much to open up the North, the Museum holds more material on northern development than the Public Archive of Canada. Of course, access to the archive will be supervised.

The Museum also houses a Memorial Room where visitors may see the artist's original models of the statues displayed at the Vimy Ridge monument in France, these figures were used as the models for the granite copies on display at the actual memorial. The Memorial Room also houses the book of remembrance for the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and displays of medals that have been donated by former members.


"Hands on" participation is encouraged on a numberofexhibitswithin the Museum and educational programsavailable for tours/schools. The Museum also houses a working Ham station (VE3RCS), and licensed operators are welcome to come in and use our equipment.

Although about one-third of the project's funding came from local governments, the province of Ontario and the Department of National Defence, the rest of the funds were raised through private donations. Members of the C&E Branch of the Canadian Forces have been particularly generous, contributing $1.8 million. Fundraising is an ongoing process however, and donations to the Museum are always welcome.

Admission, tours and contact information...

 

Admission to the Museum is by voluntary donation and guided tours may be booked in advance. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions on the Museum, or wish to make use of any of its services.