Our Collection is a Resource for Learning, Exploring and Understanding
The Canmore Museum’s collection of objects. specimens, photographs, maps and records can provide us with a sense of belonging, an understanding of what it means to live in Canmore and the Bow Valley, and an appreciation for the legacy of the remarkable people and events that have shaped our community.
The Canmore Museum permanent object collection covers many aspects of the history of life in Canmore. Its main focuses are on coal mining, home life and the immigrant experience, wartime experiences, RCMP material, and sports, as well as a growing collection of art from local artists. The collection continues to grow all the time with new objects representing the many stories of Canmore life joining it all the time. Many of our most special objects are on display in our permanent gallery, “From Coal to Community”, but we also have a significant collection that is not on display for the public, comprising thousands of objects.
The Canmore Museum archival holdings consist of valuable records generated by, or relating to, the history of the people and industry of Canmore and the immediate area. The collections include The Canmore Mines records, Town of Canmore records, and privately donated records which document the human and industry history of the region. Strengths of the paper archival holdings include hundreds blueprints, maps, and technical drawings relating to various mine companies and mining activities, daily registries from the mines, school registries spanning the 1920’s – 1990’s, and Canmore newspapers from the early 1900’s. The photographic collection is extensive and details mining development and activities, the development of the town, the 1988 Olympics, local landscapes, and flooding issues over decades.
The Canmore Museum’s collections are cared for by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. If you would like to learn more about our collections or to book an appointment, please contact Amy with Collections + Exhibits.