High on a hill overlooking the Dockyard stands the stately Georgian mansion known as Admiralty House. Ad House, as she is fondly called by those who have known her, has stood nestled amongst the trees for over one hundred and sixty years.
Her long history has been both illustrious and functional. Originally built as the official summer residence for the Admiral of the North American Station, Ad House now shelters the Maritime Command Museum.
The Museum is one of the Department of National Defence's 55 Museums. It was established to preserve the Military heritage of Canada's Maritime Forces. It is the largest Naval Museum within the system. The Museum was officially opened on March 26, 1974 by Rear Admiral D. S. Boyle.
Through the years, Ad House has provided its visitors with warmth and hospitality. It is described by William C. Borrett in his book Down East as:
"A house with so much personality it is bound to be spoken of across Canada. It has dignity. It is made of stone but its walls are not cold. It seems to breathe hospitality. Its high walls seem to shut out the world. Even new construction cannot rob it of its charm."
Within the Museum are 30 rooms of display, each representing a specific facet of the Canadian Military. The collection consists of an extensive research library, uniforms, model ships, medals, badges, ships' bells and other shipboard memorabilia, armaments, and accoutrements associated with naval life.
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