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 Canadian Pacific Railway. Located in beautiful downtown Cranbrook, the History Centre offers a specialized experience for all ages.
Housing over 45,000 documented artifacts and records including a collection of Cranbrook newspapers from 1898, the archives has a free
online database for research as well as available appointment times with volunteer archivists researchers.
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 mid century. Guided historic trains tours include many restored railcars showcasing inlayed Honduran mahogany and polished silver dinner settings. Interpretive areas reveal the long and pain-staking restoration process.
The Cranbrook Museum explores the history of Cranbrook and the East Kootenay region with artifacts and informative panels. Such artifacts include Dr. Green’s Medical equipment, and items from Cranbrooks beginnings in 1905.
NEW to the Cranbrook Museum is the Paleontology Exhibit. Discover creatures in this world class display that roamed the region 500 million years ago.
Guest lectures, birthday parties, paleontology programs, and art workshops are just some of the exciting community programming we have at the centre. Focused on education, arts, and culture, these programs are made fun for visitors of all ages. Check out the Events and Programs page to find out more!
Our gift shop sells many products by local artists and small businesses. From Cranbrook and Canadian themed items, to jewelry, to fossils, and snacks, there is something for everyone.
Great for model rail fails and kids alike, the model railway is nothing short of spectacular. The two models held at the centre reach a length of 64 feet and extend to ceiling height.
The incredible Royal Alexandra Hall, built in 1906 is an ideal space for special events and functions. Rental packages are available on the Royal Alexandra Hall page.