Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre, Canmore

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#4 of 9 in Childrens Museums in Alberta
Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre is the public name used by the Centennial Museum Society of Canmore. 'Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre' is the name used by the Centennial Museum Society of Canmore. The Society was incorporated in 1984 under The Societies Act of the Province of Alberta. The society is also a registered charity. In June 2004, the museum moved from its original location to a new purpose built space in the Canmore Civic Centre. Spanning generations, cultures and social classes, the museum presents over 120 years worth of local history.AffiliationsThe Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada. The Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre is a member of the Canadian Museums Association, an organization that represents nearly 2000 museums. Each year, more than 55 million visitors attend Canadian museums. In turn, these institutions employ over 10,000 full-time, around 10,000 part-time employees and are supported by more than 40,000 volunteers. In addition, it is a member of the Alberta Museums Association.RecognitionThe Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre became one of the museums in the province of Alberta to receive the Recognized Museum designation from the Alberta Museums Association. To earn this designation, the museum provided a panel of museum professionals with evidence achieving internationally recognized criteria of a museum.This designation is achieved by participating in the Museum Affirmation Program, a new initiative designed to strengthen the Association’s accountability toward the public funds it distributes through grants and programming to the province’s museums.
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  • August 6, 2017
    Very small museum in Canmore. Gives a decent, brief history of the area and how it came to be. Great for kids!  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    We really enjoyed the information in the museum. It is a modern presentation and the way everything is presented was very engaging. We are not typical museum goers, so it was a nice surprise.  more »
  • July 17, 2017
    We visited the city of Canmore on our holiday in Alberta, CA. We always look for 'history' of the area and was pleased to see that Canmore had a museum! It's very small by museum standards but packed ...  more »
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  • October 7, 2016
    A cool experience for our family. The kids enjoyed doing a scavenger hunt for various items through the museum. There is a nice mix of interactive displays and static displays. It is a cross between a natural science museum and historical museum.
  • September 28, 2016
    A small but significant collection about local geology and coal mining. People were very friendly and a geologist answered all our questions. Good museumsstore that included lots of books about relevant subjects.
  • April 20, 2017
    Neat little museum in the middle of Downtown.
  • September 6, 2016
    Excellent geology information of the Canmore area and some really creative hands on exhibits including an easy to use petroscope.
  • March 7, 2016
    Great new exhibits featuring Canmore's story from mountains to a modern town. Lots of hands-on things to do. Allow plenty of time.

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