902 7 Ave, Canmore,
Friday – Sunday 10:00am – 4.30pm
Monday – Thursday 12.00pm – 4.30pm
Web Site: http://canmoremuseum.com
In 2004, the Museum was housed in the new Civic Centre on 7th avenue in Canmore. It has proven to be not only an education hub in Canmore, for visitors of all ages, but a constantly evolving location for many presentations and exhibits. Each year over 15,000 people visit the museum, while we engage with another 5,000 people at summer camps and school programs. The Centennial Museum Society of Canmore was officially formed on January 10, 1984. The Society operates the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre and the North West Mounted Police Barracks Provincial Historic Resource on Main street. The Canmore Museum is located in the heart of downtown, just inside the Canmore Civic Centre, with plenty of free parking all around.
As you may or may not know, Canmore was a mining town and Gerry Stephenson a former mine engineer takes guided tours around the mines sites. Tours start in late May and go on until September each year. The tour will shed light on the life of a coal miner, the challenges of coal mining in Canmore, and how Gerry has used up 4 of his 9 lives. This four hour walking tour will give you a sense of what mining was really like in Canmore.
The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre’s collection includes over 10,000 artifacts. Areas of collection include: exploration, railroad, coal mining, North West Mounted Police, 1988 Olympic Games, mountaineering, earth sciences, Bow Valley history, art, handicrafts, clothing, communication, government, school, household items, immigrant experience, sports, and wartime experiences. The NWMP building is located at the top of main street and was declared an Alberta Provincial Historic Resource in 1990. It is the oldest NWMP site in Western Canada to still stand on its original location.
The science centre isn’t just for visitors. There are many educational programs for children, from grade 1 to grade 7, starting from just $5.00 CAD for an hour long session. Not only do the children learn in the classroom, but they also have an opportunity to have some hands on experiences discovering about minerals and mining. The programs are not only informative, but fun. Games and field trips being worked into the activities.