We would like to acknowledge that the Cranbrook History Centre is located on the traditional Ktunaxa homeland and extend our gratitude for the opportunity to live and learn in mutual respect and appreciation.
Mandate, Mission & Vision
The Cranbrook History Centre is a landmark site located in Cranbrook BC. We preserve and display internationally recognized paleontology specimens, a nationally designated railcar collection, 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.
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.
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.
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.