Past exhibitions

Flers-Courcelette exhibit

From September 12 to 18, 2016




On September 15, 1916, the 22nd Battalion joined the assault on the French village of Courcelette. This battle was the first major large-scale attack fought by the unit. Lasting four days, it was also one of the deadliest for the 22nd Battalion. Despite the heavy losses, this unique French-Canadian infantry battalion demonstrated fortitude and courage while fighting in Europe during the First World War.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, the Musée Royal 22e Régiment highlights this historic feat through a special exhibit showcasing photographs, artworks, artefacts and narratives. On display for the very first time, Attack on Courcelette, a painting by war artist Roger Chabot, portrays a dramatic scene from this Battle.

This exhibit offers visitors a chance to discover this important battle and its consequences which brought renown to the 22nd Battalion both in North America and in Europe.

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The Capture of the Sugar Refinery at Courcelette by the Canadians on September 15, 1916
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PARA : OUT OF THE CLOUDS

November 11, 2015 to September 4, 2016 


The military parachutist, commonly known as a PARA in the armed forces, is an extraordinary infantry soldier. The PARA exhibition is a journey through the history, qualities, traditions, training, and specific techniques of these seasoned warriors. Visitors will discover an exceptional set of badges, symbolic objects, and images from the collections and archives of Musée Royal 22e Régiment, private collections, and military institutions. This amazing showcase will help everyone learn about the history of Canadian parachuting and common symbols of paratroopers around the world.


Visitors will get a more concrete vision during an immersive experience where they simulate getting ready to jump out of a Hercules airplane amid images, parachutes, and decor that create the perfect ambiance.


This major public exhibition is sure to please both curious adults and the whole family. Skydiving fans can also leave their mark by entering their name and the number of jumps they’ve made on the “How many jumps have you made?” wall. 

A booklet of activities (riddles, observation, etc.) is available to the kids for free. Back to the house, discover the answers in this booklet.

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Parallel

1914-Afghanistan 

DECEMBER 4, 2014 TO SEPTEMBER 8, 2015


IN 1914, THE FIRST WORLD WAR BROKE OUT IN EUROPE. IN 2014, THE CANADIAN MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN ENDED.
The Parallel photograph exhibition parallels the work of the first war photographers on the battlefields during the Great War and the photographers of the Canadian mission in Afghanistan.

To underline the historical, technological, and human connections between these two periods, the Royal 22e Régiment Museum presents an adaption of the Parallelexhibition created by Canadian Forces Combat Camera, the photographic branch of the Canadian Army, by integrating elelments from its own collections. Seven pairs of photos from the Museum’s archives show Van Doos soldiers in sometimes difficult situations on European and Afghan soil.

The Parallel exhibition, comprising a total of 17 pairs of photographs, shows the similarities between these two periods with realism and aestheticism.

The exhibition is enriched by a display case showcasing five pairs of objects used by soldiers during the First World War and during the Afghanistan mission.

An activity booklet for the Parallel exhibition is available for children at the Museum Boutique.

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The Great War as seen by French Painters 

Works from the collections of the musée de l'Armée - Paris

Exclusive North American engagement

August 14 to November 11, 2014


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It has been 100 years ago since the First World War broke out in Europe.

To mark the centennial of the start of the war, the Musée de l'Armée at Les Invalides in Paris agreed to loan of 20 artworks, some of which had never before been on public view, to the Musée Royal 22e Régiment.

The works were painted on the front lines or from photographs, telling the story of the Great War through events in France. The war is revealed in paint, gouache, and watercolour in scenes depicting soldiers' lives, landscapes, departures, and meetings.

The exhibition is made possible by the generous financial support of the departement of National Defence's Directorate of History and Heritage (Canada) and the support of the Mission du Centenaire (France).

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Defending the Territory

June 2012 to September 2013


Defending the Territory offers the public an opportunity to delve deeply into what the Citadelle of Québec is all about. The imposing citadel commands the city's defences from its strategic perch atop Cape Diamond, and the exhibition takes visitors on a journey into its past, focusing on the Québec area, to find out how this fortress came to be.

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Samuel de Champlain immediately grasped the importance of this strategic spot when he first set foot on North American soil.

Various structures have been built on the site over time. The decision to build a permanent citadel on the heights of Québec was made after the War of 1812. Visitors will learn the geopolitics surrounding the British decision to build this fortress overlooking the river, the plains, and the city.

Architect Elias Walker Durnford based his plans on fortification by Vauban, a 17th century French engineer. The main construction took place between 1820 and 1831, followed by decades of completion work.

Charles Dickens visited Québec City in the 19th century. The Citadelle made a powerful impression on him, and he described it as "the Gibraltar of America . . . its citadel suspended, as it were, in the air."

The Citadelle is an active military garrison even today, occupied by a French-speaking infantry regiment, the Royal 22e Régiment. It is also the second official residence of the Governor General of Canada, a host to the two historic Québec Conferences as well as of NATO meetings.

This exhibition at the Citadelle, a National Historic Site, lets visitors discover the history of this one-of-a-kind fortress through artefacts from the Musée Royal 22e Régiment's collections.

 

 

 


Afghanistan: Behind the Veil

May 2011 to May 2014


The Royal 22e Régiment's combat mission in Afghanistan came to an end in the summer of 2011. The exhibition, Afghanistan: Behind the Veil, offers a glimpse of the Van Doos' in action during this mission, all the while remaining neurtral about its participation.

Mementos, documents, photographs, and videos brought back from Afghanistan retrace the footsteps of the Regiment throughout this mission.

Beginning in 2004 the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Battalions of the Royal 22e Régiment were deployed successively to Afghanistan. Their joint operations with Afghan security forces involved securing perimeters to limit the influence of insurgents and protecting the population.

Beginning in July 2009 they began living among the civilian population in an effort to create a climate of trust based on human connections while also working with the Afghan people on joint infrastructure projects.

Other parts of the exhibit are dedicated to Afghan culture as well as war correspondents and other journalists covering military operations in Afghanistan.

This exhibition gives the Royal 22e Régiment a chance to show the conditions and challenges faced by its men and women on mission in Afghanistan.

 

 

 


Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory.

From October 20, 2016 to February 26, 2017


Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory. uses wartime artifacts, art, personal stories, photographs, archival materials, audiovisual presentations and more to relate the harrowing experiences of Canadian troops who fought in some of the worst battles of the First World War.

They fought through poison gas in the Second Battle of Ypres, and struggled through a sea of mud to take Passchendaele ridge. This enlightening, content-rich exhibition also highlights Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae’s iconic poem In Flanders Fields, and explores how Canadians and Belgians have continued to remember and commemorate the First World War over the past century.

Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory. was developed by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Belgium, and with the generous support of the E. W. Bickle Foundation. The exhibition is supported by National Presenting Sponsor VISITFLANDERS.