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UPDATES re: water damage

Victoria and Debbie were interviewed on March 13, 2014 by Rob Murray. You can hear them here!

You can help us by using the convenient Donate Now button on this page. We very much appreciate your donations to help us recover from the damage.

Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre temporarily closed

You can still visit us at the NWMP Barracks

The 1893 North West Mounted Police Barracks are located at 609 Main Street.

We are open daily:  1:00pm to 4:00pm

You can call us:  (403) 678-1955

Here are pictures taken on the first morning after the damage.

February 8, 2014 – On Friday January  31, 2014 at approximately 3am a PVC pipe failed in the women’s washroom on the first floor of the Civic Centre. The water broke through the washroom door and flooded the building. This water reached the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre flooding the gift store, Grant Mossop Memorial library, gallery and office spaces. 

 All artefacts, library books and the collection are safe. 

However, there was extensive damage to all carpets, display units and office furniture.

We are continuing to assess the damage with our insurance company.  We are working on a rebuilding plan for the gallery, library and gift shop.  As we develop these fundraising plans we will let you know how you can help.

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre will remain closed until further notice. The Museum staff will be based at the NWMP Barracks, 609 Main Street.  All scheduled events will go ahead.

You can donate to the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre by here. 

February 2, 2014 –  The Museum will be closed until further notice. From Thurs 6th Feb we will be based at the NWMP Barracks on Main Street.Come visit us there! Our phone number there is 403 678 1955. We anticipate a fax line soon. You can also use the ‘contact us’ tab above to send us a message. We appreciate your support as we move towards New Beginnings.

January 31, 2014 –  This morning at 3A.M. one of the water mains in the Civic Centre broke. Water did come in to the Museum and gift shop.

We are accessing the situation and damage but it appears our collection and posessions are fine. We are currently cleaning up the water.

The Museum hopes to reopen on Thursday 6th February at noon.

We would like to thank you for your concern and for the kind offers of help.

We will update you as we know more.







It’s not exactly a crime scene investigation but can the Canmore Museum solve some of the mystery surrounding some of the objects in its collection?
With major funding from The Calgary Foundation, it now has a chance to do that.
Awarded $39,000 for its Deep Research project, in the next year the Canmore Museum wants to answer some basic questions about certain artifacts, historical photographs and documents. Questions as simple as − what is this object and how was it used? Leading this CSI-like investigation will be Collections Manager Amanda Sittrop, a trained museologist.
“The objects in our museum have stories.” says Sittrop. “We want to be able to say more about them…and create a more relevant and reflective collection which present and future generations can learn from and enjoy.”
Aiding Amanda will be knowledgeable volunteers invited to participate in the investigation. According to museum board member, Leslie Lewis, these volunteers are a “unique resource” because they “remember the early days of our community…We must capture their stories and memories so they can be preserved for later generations.”
As Deep Research proceeds, the Canmore Museum will also be appealing to members of the public to contribute any knowledge they might have about items selected from the collection.
The Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre extends its gratitude to The Calgary Foundation for its enthusiastic support of this project.

For further information:
Collections Manager, Amanda Sittrop, 403-678-2462