World Famous Gopher Hole Museum

World Famous Gopher Hole Museum

World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • RI
    Calgary, Canada203 contributions
    If you’re in the area- it’s worth stopping by
    I’ve heard about this place for years, but have never had a chance to come check it out until now. Apparently it has been around for 20+ yrs... unique little museum, full of gopher dioramas! Admission is by donation...
    Written August 23, 2020
  • Chris_vonR
    Montreal, Canada394 contributions
    Gophers.
    Just... odd. You've probably already decided to go there if you're reading this. It's only 1 room and will take you no more than 15 min to see everything, unless you're a very passionate gopher enthusiast. Payment is by donation ($2-5 on average). A caution to animal lovers - this is an unashamed tourist stop that has taken advantage of a large local gopher population.
    Written August 24, 2020
  • 2014Jandy
    Calgary, Canada6,819 contributions
    No Where Quite Like This
    We visited this small museum in Torrington. A friendly lady greeted us and gave us a bit of the history of the place. We walked around looking at the little displays with a smile on our faces. What a unique place. There is a small gift shop and a clean washroom was available. There is also a local walk to look at the themed fire hydrants. Worth visiting if you are in the area.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2022
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Christina
New Brunswick, Canada99 contributions
Mar 2021
Definitely, something to stop in at least once and view. The creativity and attention to detail stand out but some displays also show a good dose of humour. Friendly staff and a nice little town.
Written March 12, 2021
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4SIGHT
Dana Point, CA344 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
We saw it on Heartland and loved it from from afar. Where else would you find a testimonial to industrious gophers. Next time in Alberta our visit won’t be virtual. In the age of COVID I am over living virtually.
Written March 29, 2021
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jude3333
Calgary, Canada27 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
This was on my brother-in-laws bucket list to visit here, a sunny day with nothing to do we decided a motorcycle ride here was in order to fullfill his wish hahaha. It's a fun place and would be a great place for little kids
Written July 27, 2014
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bohemian_duck
Alberta83 contributions
While Albertans often comment on the annoyances of gophers (aka Richardson Ground Squirrels) in their fields or dodging cars on the highway (not often successfully), I am still baffled as to who would come up with the idea of stuffing dead ones and and putting clothes on them. This museum features 47 different scenes with gophers depicting them in different snapshots of life around Torrington, Alberta. There are even rare white and black gophers. You can also try on a huge mascot like gopher head for pictures.

Be sure to ask in the gift shop about the tour of the town's painted fire hydrants, each painted like a different gopher to tell a story. Torrington itself is a great glimpse into life in small town Alberta and still has building that houses the fire department, bank, and post office in one building.

If you are sensitive to the plight of animals, it might not be a good place to go, but if you're on a road trip in Alberta want to get off the beaten track and had a bizarre sense of humor, I'd highly reccomend going.
Written October 16, 2007
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quegend
Toronto, Canada114 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Checked out the museum on the way to Drumheller and enjoyed every minute. This little town is filled with gophers from the painted fire hydrants to the larger than life size paintings and statues. The highlight of the visit of course was the Gopher Hole Museum. Upon entering we were greeted by a very friendly host who explained the museum and its history. We were encouraged to turn off the lights to get the full immersive effect of being in an actual gopher hole. The dioramas of stuffed gophers were very well put together. Some depict places and scenes in the town and others are a bit more "creative" (a prehistoric scene comes to mind). Our host also suggested that we try on the gopher masks, which of course we did. Our quick visit ended with a stop in the gift shop which contains crafts and items made in the community. A great short stop-over and one of the best ways to spend $2.
Written June 13, 2016
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Christopher M
33 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
I have stopped in here once every couple summers since I was a kid and have always enjoyed myself. The one room museum has 30+ displays of stuffed gophers in different outfits with different backdrops (astronaut gopher, wildwest gopher, gophers getting married, etc) The attention to detail is pretty impressive and for a couple of bucks its worth the stop even if you decide that one visit is enough (I bet you won't though!)
Written October 1, 2015
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docduijunior
Toronto, Canada8 contributions
Sep 2015 • Business
I fell in love at first sight, my curiosity for the species took over me and I immediately took the long road to the World famous Gopher Hole Museum. You see, I'm a dedicated trucker, I truck, that what I do, and sometimes I like to treat myself. Amazing museum, would love to go again.
Written September 29, 2015
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Lorne S
St. Albert, Canada114 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
You have to have a sense of humour, and also an expired membership with PETA, to enjoy this one-room museum of about 40 dioramas depicting gophers in various poses. The gophers are dead. It's cute and for 2 bucks, it's inexpensive.
Written August 15, 2015
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AlbertaTourist77
Calgary, Canada258 contributions
Jul 2010
Whatever your opinion is on this museum, it is definitely worth a visit. The displays, dioramas of stuffed gophers, are SOOOOO CUTE! The displays feature gophers doing different activities, eg. playing hockey or fishing. The museum is fascinating, and I spent at least an hour going through everything. They have a really cool scrapbook detailing all the publicity they have gotten since opening in 1997. Their large gift shop carries a wide selection of souvenirs. Be sure to check out Clem T. Gofur at the entrance to the town.
Written March 8, 2011
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Michele S
Red Deer, Canada61 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Nestled in the small village of Torrington, it is totally worth it! A small donation gets you into the museum of dioramas with gophers in different lifelike situations. They strive to update them regularity and worth a laugh if you don’t take it too seriously!
Written September 5, 2020
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM