About Us

We would like to recognize and honour that we are gathered today to learn, share, and work on the traditional unceded territory of the Ktunaxa and Shuswap First Nations.

Mandate, Mission, Vision & Values


The Cranbrook History Centre is a landmark site located in Cranbrook BC. We preserve and display a nationally designated railcar collection, internationally recognized paleontology specimens, and serve as a repository for the history of Cranbrook and the East Kootenay region for all to explore and discover.


We believe in the power of history and science to ignite the imagination, stimulate curiosity, provide enjoyment, and engage communities through authentic programming, research, and dynamic displays. The Cranbrook History Centre brings the stories of the past to life.


To build community spirit and serve as a gateway to exploring the history, cultures and stories of the land and the people of Cranbrook, the East Kootenay, British Columbia and Canada.


Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to being responsible stewards of our natural and cultural resources, ensuring their preservation for future generations. We also recognize the importance of sound fiscal management to ensure the long-term viability and resilience of our institution. By implementing prudent financial practices, diversifying revenue streams, and fostering strategic partnerships, we aim to responsibly manage the financial resources necessary to support our mission and vision. By fostering a culture of financial transparency and accountability, we demonstrate our commitment to fiscal integrity and ensure that our museum remains a sustainable and thriving resource for generations to come.


We value our community as the foundation of our existence. We are dedicated to creating a welcoming space where people of all backgrounds feel valued, heard, and connected. Through meaningful partnerships, inclusive programming, and active engagement with local residents, we endeavor to be a trusted cultural space that fosters a sense of belonging, celebrates diversity, and strengthens the social fabric of our region.


Inclusivity is fundamental to our mission. We are committed to cultivating a culture of respect, acceptance, and equity, where everyone is empowered to participate fully and authentically. By actively seeking out diverse perspectives, amplifying marginalized voices, and dismantling barriers to access, we strive to ensure that our museum is a place where everyone feels seen, represented, and valued, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or socioeconomic status. Together, we celebrate our differences and embrace the rich tapestry of human experience that unites us all.


As an organization we embrace creativity as the cornerstone of our identity. We are committed to fostering an environment that nurtures and encourages creativity as a cultural hub. We empower all individuals to bring forth new ideas, adopt innovative and imaginative approaches to problem-solving, and transform concepts into reality.

Our Board

For individuals or groups who wish to attend a Board meeting as a delegation, please fill out the Delegation Application Form

Bob Whetham
Board Chair
Sioux Browning
Mike Peabody
City Liaison
Keith Powell
Jason Jacob
Jeanette Sissons
David Morley
Jan Grady
Steve Weatherall

Our Team

We would like to acknowledge the support of the City of Cranbrook, the Province of BC, and our many contributors and donors to operational costs for supporting our ongoing staff and contractors.

Honor Neve
Jared Teneese
Operation Manager
Katherine Warman
Programming Coordinator
Cori Trinder
Visitor Services


We would like to acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada, the Canadian Museums Association, and the Columbia Basin Trust for supporting our student work experience programs.

Falyne Hauprich
Historical Interpreter
Isaac Organ
Historical Interpreter

Our Story

Since 1977 when the first car arrived in Cranbrook, the museum has steadily grown. In the early days of collection, development operations were ‘conducted’ out of the nearby Elko Station; however, as the collection grew larger, a permanent home was required. By 2004 the current facility was complete and the entirety of the collection was moved to this location.

Without the dedication of Garry Anderson, OC, this collection would not exist. For over 30 years Garry scoured the continent to expand the collection and carefully restored these artifacts to their former beauty. With the support of the City of Cranbrook, the BC Arts Council, the Columbia Basin Trust, and many other organizations and individuals who recognized the importance of this preservation work, Garry created a unique legacy to capture this essential part of Canadian history.