Welcome

Welcome to the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre!

Since 1984, we’ve been welcoming residents and visitors from around the world to our unique small town museum. Our current 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 15,000 people visit the museum, while we engage with another 5,000 people at our summer camps, school programs, and special events. This 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!

Hope to see you soon.

Lachlan Mackintosh
Museum Director