CANMORE MUSEUM

ONGOING | DISCOVERY HALL

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.

ONGOING | DISCOVERY HALL

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 award winning, Canmore based, Otago Computing Inc. Due to COVID-19, this experience is currently unavailable.

SEPT 4 – OCT 31, 2020 | COMMUNITY GALLERY

Made By Hand

Handmade items can teach us about the lives of the people who made and used them, and the hobbies and labour that gave their lives meaning. Due to the difficulty and expense of acquiring new things, our ancestors owned fewer objects and made them last. Because it was hard to purchase the things they needed, they were also forced to make many of their own tools and treasures themselves. This exhibit is part of an ongoing series of exhibits featured in our Museum Shop which highlight community stories and collections.

JUL 1 – NOV 30, 2020 | MUSEUM IN THE HALL

Cabinet of Curiosity

Cabinets of curiosity started as wunderkammer (wonder rooms) in 16th century Europe. 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.  The series of objects presented may seem commonplace on their own, but in this setting they are made special and mysterious to invite further exploration.

SEPT 4 – OCT 31, 2020 | MUSEUM IN THE HALL

Pride In Our Past, Faith In The Future

Prior to the digital era, photographs could oly be brought to light by working in the darakroom. Today’s digital images are effortless circulated . The photos featured in this hallway date from 1970 to the 1990s and reflect the changes that occurred in our community during this period of rapid development and serve as a reminder of the town’s resilience, both messages which two decades later still resonate. Alongside of these images are cameras from the Museum’s collection which reflect the time the photos were taken.

NWMP BARRACKS

ONGOING

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 family of five children who lived in here from 1917 until 1929.

JUN 22 – OCT 12, 2020

Know When To Fold

Know When to Fold introduces you to the history of paper folding in the lives of people all over the world. Featuring the work of local origami artists Tessa Mendoza, Natsuyo Hambly and Alex Black, learn more about how folding has joined humans for every stage of their journey: from celebrating births and mourning deaths to heart surgery and space exploration. Origami allows the folder to create something complex from something simple. The potential for any form imaginable lies dormant in a flat piece of paper, waiting to be discovered.