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.


Inside the Mine: A Virtual Reality Experience

Explore the depths of the Canmore Mine with our virtual reality experience. Visitors are immersed in the sights and sounds of the No. 2 mine as it would have been in the 1950s. Commentary by veteran Canmore miners Ed Latvala and Ernie Lakusta enhances the memorable experience. Developed for the museum by the award winning, Canmore based digital modeling firm, Otago Computing Inc.


Canmore Pride Society

In partnership with the Canmore Pride Society, the Canmore Museum has launched a new Queer history project called Stories of Queer Canmore to learn more about the many faces of the LGBTQ2S+ community and their history (or herstory or theirstory) in Canmore and the Bow Valley. On exhibit are six stories from this community in conjunection with the inaugural Canmore Pride Festival. The Canmore Pride Society has been organized to create a community for LGBTQ2S+ Canmore residents and visitors where they feel safe, accepted and welcome.


Lost Landmarks

What is a “lost landmark” exactly? It’s kind of hard to describe. But you know when you see it. Or feel it. Lost landmarks are those places that you visited long ago in your community that are no longer here. Places where you (or your parents or grandparents) came of age. A place that have special meaning. Places that are missed. Lost landmarks can also be places that were long gone before you were even born with stories being passed down even today. When it comes to Canmore’s lost landmarks, we want to commemorate, celebrate, and educate residents and visitors about these iconric and now gone places and spaces.



A Storied Past: Exploring Canmore’s NWMP Barracks

The arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1883 and the opening of the Canmore Mine in 1886 brought numerous settlers into the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The NWMP built this site in 1893, and it served until 1929 as the lodgings, office, and jail for the police officers of Canmore. The story of policing in the Bow Valley is told in this exhibit, set alongside the story of Corporal Clarke and his wife Dora and their five children who lived in here from 1917 until 1929.

JUN 26 – AUG 30 2021

Stoney Nakoda Tipi

Our summer Indigenous Stories program shares the traditions, culture and language of the Stoney Nakoda.  The Indigenous Stories program is part of our commitment to develop new programming, acquire artifacts, and hire knowledgeable and engaging interpreters to understand and present the story of the Bow Valley from the viewpoint of the Stoney Nakoda and other Indigenous nations who have inhabited this region for nearly 10,000 years.