Towards a National RCMP Museum

It’s an idea whose time has come: A national museum dedicated to sharing stories and experiences about an iconic Canadian institution with deep roots in Canadian History.

With excitement building around the 150th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and supported by a mandate to commemorate this significant part of Canadian history, the RCMP Heritage Centre is advancing plans to become Canada’s newest national museum.

Museums serve a civic purpose. In becoming Canada’s newest national museum, the RCMP Heritage Centre will engage Canadians in exploring the best ways to honour the past with authenticity and to tell even the most difficult stories with dignity and compassion.

This will be a place of celebration and discovery, of reflection and reconciliation.

Located in Regina, Saskatchewan, the National RCMP Museum will realize that vision by pursuing two important goals: first, to pay tribute to the extraordinary dedication, duty, and service of generations of Canadian Mounties and civilian employees, both past and present; and second, to serve as a trusted and safe place of fact and context, recognizing that there are different truths for different people based on lived experiences.

This will be a place to listen, learn and build connections.

The National RCMP Museum will be a place full of stories: stories that inspire and unite; stories that expose difficult issues; stories that open the door to a deeper understanding and to new opportunities to know each other better.

These will be uniquely Canadian stories that Canadians want told.

A place for all people, this museum will be a site of social impact—one that embraces a diversity of experiences and perspectives in everything we do.

There are many proud chapters in the RCMP story, and others that are intensely painful. By acknowledging the struggles of the past, the Museum will offer the chance for visitors to reflect, hear from diverse perspectives, and learn about Canada’s history and its future.