Current Exhibits

Cabinet of Curiosity

Cabinets of curiosity started as wunderkammer (wonder rooms) in 16th century Europe. At the time, they were a way for wealthy collectors to display the multitude of marvels discovered during the Age of Exploration. They are considered to be the precursors to the modern-day museum.

The original cabinets were meant to help make sense of a changing world through the categorization and display of knowledge. In our time, they can still foster wonder and curiosity. These objects may be commonplace on their own, but in this setting they can be made special as well as mysterious. Take the time to examine them. Look closely to see details you may have missed. Notice how everyday objects can become precious. Look at these objects as if they were fine works of art: challenge yourself to really see, rather than simply look.

Inside the Mine: A Virtual Reality Experience

Our newest addition to the museum is a virtual reality experience which gives visitors a sense of what it was like inside the Canmore Mines.
Canmore’s rich mining past is responsible for the remarkable town we know today, and we are delighted to unveil this innovative experience. Visitors are immersed in the sights and sounds of the No. 2 mine as it would have been in the 1950s. Audio commentary by veteran miners Ed Latvala and Ernie Lakusta completes the memorable experience.

The exhibit was developed for the museum by award winning, Canmore based, Otago Computing Inc. principle, Jerry Auld.


From Coal to Community

Our permanent exhibit From Coal to Community presents Canmore in a variety of perspectives: as an ancient way station for indigenous First Nations, 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.


Bison are Back

The reintroduction of the bison to Banff National Park raises a lot of questions – why did the bison disappear in the first place? What is going to happen in the future? And how are we able to recognize the signs of bison on our landscape? This exhibit helps to answer some of those questions and allows visitors to get up close and personal with our huge bison specimen, Bud.