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Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre

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Address: 902B-7th Avenue, Canmore, Alberta TIW 3K1, Canada
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+1 403-678-2462
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre is dedicated to celebrating the...

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre is dedicated to celebrating the unique mountain history of the Canmore area. Our mission is to share the stories of our mountains and our communities.

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Small but very informative

Arrived some time after 11 am without realizing that the Museum only opens at noon on weekdays but they turned on the lights and let us in anyways. How nice is that? I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Belleville, Canada
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Cambridge MA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was pretty psyched to see the beautiful modern building that houses the Canmore Museum, but the exhibit space itself is very small and doesn't have much (visible) depth or breadth. Canmore is a town rich in history, so it was honestly a bit disappointing to see so little of it represented here.

Thank Scott M
Belleville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived some time after 11 am without realizing that the Museum only opens at noon on weekdays but they turned on the lights and let us in anyways. How nice is that? I particularly enjoyed the video interviews with locals and their experiences with the mining industry that shaped the town. My teenager watched the clips with me, tried out... More 

Thank GHTraveller2017
Management response:

Hi, thanks for the great review. We do open the museum early if visitors are keen to come in! The microscope is always a big hit with kids and adults alike, and it's the same microscope you will find at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. And our Gift Shop is curated to reflect what we have in the museum - rocks,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The winter carnival started here with an ice carving contest! It started at 9am. My advice- come later in the afternoon when the carving is almost done. Unless you want to swing by early just to watch the process. First time I've ever been to an ice carving contest! Canmore is lovely!

Thank MontanaLaura
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

The museum, located in the civic centre gives a great overview of the town's history and the heritage of mining which helped found the community. Though the museum is not large, the exhibits are of high quality and very informative. It also talks about the geological history of the mountains in the area and their formation.

Thank Lazytouri
Management response:

Thanks for your visit and review. We are glad you enjoyed the museum. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

We thought we'd take a visit to the museum whilst we were in Canmore but wasn't expecting it to consist of just one room! lol The admission price was $14, so wasn't exactly breaking the bank, however it took us literally 15-20mins to look around and most of that was spent playing with the super duper microscope they had. :)... More 

Thank Bluebell-woods1
Management response:

Hi Louise, Thanks for your visit and comments. You can see the whole museum in 15-20 minutes, although lots of visitors take a bit more time to enjoy the space. Glad you enjoyed our "super duper microscope!" It's the same microscope you will find at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Thanks, Lachlan More 

Florida City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

The staff is so friendly! I was very impressed with them. Interesting little museum that really gave us a feel for the Canmore history. Well presented

Thank Gary J
Management response:

Thanks so much for sharing your experience of the Canmore Museum! We had a wonderful crew of summer staff, I'm glad they left you with a positive friendly feeling for the museum and town. Thanks! Lachlan More 

Winnipeg, Manitoba
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

It was empty when we arrived. Not sure why? It is a quaint museum that offers some interactive activities and videos to give the history of the area.

Thank MariaVin
Management response:

Dear MariaVin, Thanks for visiting us - we do have a lovely quaint museum. Thanks for your feedback! Lachlan Mackintosh Museum Director More 

Coquitlam, Canada
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46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016

There are a couple of interesting displays, kids liked especially the "earth crust forming" one, with layers of foam painted as earth crust and being pushed by tectonic plates upwards. I liked the glimpse into 1800 years, with old doctors' suitcase and medical instruments, old home and mining tools. There is a small TV room with documentary shows running all... More 

Thank Sorin C
Management response:

Dear Sorin, Thanks for visiting the museum - it is a great rainy day activity. And kids do love the earth crust forming interactive and our new microscope is a big hit too! Lachlan Mackintosh Museum Director More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Would not recommend. Quite expensive for a one room museum. Displays look "well-funded" which explains the admission fee however the content is lacking.

Thank Steph T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2016

Revisited this museum again and found a lot of work had been done and new painting and the return of missing exhibits. I was there for at least an hour and found it was a great history resource of Canmore. Had exhibits about the explorers, the miners and the mines, sports and community, the terrain and the rocks, etc. There... More 

1 Thank bobbi2012
Management response:

Hi Bobbi, Thanks a lot for your review, and for coming back for a return visit to the museum. Our new exhibit, From Coal to Community, opened in March 2016. Our guest book is filled with rave reviews from visitors from around the world, especially people like you, who appreciate our unique coal mining mountain history. Thanks, Lachlan Mackintosh Museum... More 

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