The Canadian Historical Arms Museum was founded in 2010 and rebranded to The National Historical Arms Museum (NHAM) in 2017. NHAM was created to allow for the preservation and protection of small arms artifacts and other historically significant accoutrements so that future generations can appreciate and understand these valuable, irreplaceable elements of Canadian and global history.

These artifacts have played a large role in the history of mankind. Since the dawn of time, people have needed tools to provide their families and tribes with food, as well as with the means to defend their loved ones from predators and, unfortunately, other humans. Throughout the centuries these tools have evolved tremendously through improved technology and research.  Amongst the goals of the museum is the aim to provide education on the evolution of these artifacts and how they have helped shape the world into what it is today, as well as additional focus on the contributions made by Canadian small arms manufacturers.

At this time, NHAM is a display museum. We are in the process of fundraising to create a world-class physical museum utilizing a museum grade collection that will help visitors to understand the historic evolution, role, and impact of small arms around the world. Currently, the only time the public can view museum artifacts is at events and the museum virtual gallery.

Canadian Soldiers Carrying Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I* Rifles after the Liberation of Caen, 1945