Why We Exist
The story of the Canmore Museum is really the story of Canmore itself. In 1979, when Canmore Mines ceased operations, the small close-knit community of about 1,000 hardy folks wasn’t sure how they would survive in paradise.
With the closing of the mine, the question lingered around town was, now what?
– Rob Alexander, The History of Canmore
But with 1988 Olympic Winter Games, which included many key nordic events in Canmore, the town found a way to turn the page.
Since 1988, the Canmore Museum has been welcoming residents and visitors from around the world to our unique small town museum. Our permanent exhibit, From Coal to Community, presents Canmore in a variety of perspectives: as an ancient way station for Indigenous cultures, as an integral part of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Western expansion, as a 95-year historic coal-mining community, as an excellent venue to study and observe the geological history of the Earth, and as a modern and vibrant community that attracts artists and athletes from all over the world.
Each year over 20,000 people visit the museum, while we engage with another 5,000 young people at our summer camps and school programs. In the past year, 671 students from Banff, Canmore, Exshaw, and Calgary, attended our unique school programs. Through a new Canmore Museum & Lafarge: partners in education initiative, every single child in Grade 3 (Banff, Canmore, Exshaw) attended a new three-part experiential learning unit, entitled Minerals Rock!
The Canmore Museum is located in the heart of downtown, just inside the Canmore Civic Centre, with plenty of free parking all around us. We also manage one of Canmore’s oldest buildings, North West Mounted Police Barracks (1893) located at 609 Main Street. When you are visiting Canmore, we hope you will take a few minutes to experience both the NWMP Barracks and the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre!
We are open seven days a week.
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