The Cranbrook History Centre is a museum and archives dedicated to the research, preservation, and restoration of heritage pertaining to the history of Cranbrook and the surrounding area. Located in beautiful downtown Cranbrook, the History Centre offers something of interest for visitors of all ages.
Housing over 45,000 documented artifacts and records, including an almost complete collection of newspapers published in Cranbrook between 1898 and 2009, our Archives has a free online database . Or you may make an appointment to comb the archives in person with the assistance of a volunteer archivist.
Royal Alexandra Hall
This magnificent tea room was originally built in 1906 in Winnipeg but was rescued from the wrecker’s ball and installed at our museum for the enjoyment and use of the people of the East Kootenay. Visitors are welcome to take a twirl on the dance floor while admiring the unique panelling, lighting and coffered ceiling. This space is available for rent and lends itself well to galas, weddings, memorials and lectures.
Envision what it was like to travel on a luxury train of the 1920’s, a wooden commuter train of the 1900’s, and the royal and business class cars of the last mid century. Guided historic railcar tours feature inlayed Honduran mahogany, plush velvet seats and polished silver dinner settings. Interpretive areas reveal the long and pain-staking restoration process undertaken by the Cranbrook History Centre.
This exhibit houses a unique collection of fossilized flora and fauna from a region rich in fossils. The oldest trilobites on display are more than 450,000,000 years of age. The 10 different kinds of fish fossils are immaculate and complete. And there are ferns, corals and theropod dinosaur tracks from the Elk Valley.
Museum displays explore the history of Cranbrook and the East Kootenay region with artifacts and informative panels and timelines. On display are wedding dresses, medical equipment, early tools and First Nations artifacts. Outside we have a complete East Kootenay railway station and water tower that have been relocated to our museum for viewing and preservation.
Our model railway is nothing short of spectacular. With the press of a button, you can start the engines on a train that travels a length of 64 feet through a Kootenay mountain pass that extends to ceiling height.
Our gift shop features products made by local artisans and books written by regional authors. You are bound to find an appropriate souvenir of your visit with us.
Admission & Train Tours
|Museum Admission||Grand Tour + Museum Admission||Trans Canada + Museum Admission||Soo-Spokane + Museum Admission||Comparative + Museum Admission|
|Senior (65 +)||$3.50||$20.50||$14.50||$8.50||$14.50|
|18 & Under||$3.50||$13.50||$9.50||$6.50||$9.50|
|5 & Under||FREE||FREE||FREE||FREE||FREE|
|Family (2 adults, 2 children)||$14.50||$58.50||$45.50||$27.50||$45.50|
*Rates do not include GST*
For large group tours, please contact our events coordinator for discounts at [email protected]