When you are driving through Claresholm, you are bound to pass the museum and visitor information centre in the middle of town, right on Highway 2. It’s a prime opportunity to enjoy the history and tradition of the area and find out where you need to go.
There are two main buildings to the museum. The former CPR station made of sandstone was originally built in Calgary in 1893, then dismantled after it was no longer needed. One half went to the Town of High River for the station there, the other half here to Claresholm. The building has housed the museum since 1969. It houses the visitor information centre which has a wide range of brochures, pamphlets and booklets covering attractions across Alberta and beyond.
Over the years the museum collections grew and a new exhibit hall behind the station was built in 2009. It contains a variety of exhibits focusing on various aspects of the community’s history from First Nations to tableaux of town life, vintage fire engines and cars, and a unique wooden school bus.
Also located on the museum grounds is the original schoolhouse dating from 1903, an early log cabin, and a train caboose.
A summer event that has become a tradition of the museum is the annual Tea on the Lawn, set for Saturday afternoon, August 13, 2016.
The Museum and visitor information centre opens on May 6 and is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.