Category: Exhibitions

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Canmore Juxtaposed: An exhibition of blended photographs

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre is pleased to announce “Canmore Juxtaposed: An exhibition of blended photographs” in the Canmore Civic Centre atrium as part of the 2015 Exposure Photography Festival.

Blended photographs–digital composites of a modern and a historical photograph–offer past and present together in one image. Unlike traditional then-and-now photography that places the modern and historical image side by side, blended photographs go a step further and mix the historical photograph into the modern one. This approach creates an evocative story about how Canmore once looked, how it looks today, and how it has changed over the years.

The exhibition runs until February 28, 2015.

Canmore: Juxtaposed is a long-term fundraiser for the Canmore Museum and the proceeds from the on-going sale of prints and postcards – including the exhibition photographs – will be used to support the museum’s operations and programming.Also we have 5 copies of a limited edition print (of 10 total) still available, size 11×14, created by Rob as part of the fundraising for the exhibition.  They are available with any donation of $150.00 or more towards the Canmore Juxtaposed Exhibition.  We are featuring this in the gift shop just now.


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Canmore Floods – our newest exhibit


Through photos, maps and illustrations, Canmore’s Floods, opening June 19, 2014 at the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre, tells the story of this town’s resiliency through years of flooding. Canmore’s floods have different causes, but whatever the origin, they can threaten safety and often result in property damage.

In the early days of Canmore’s settlement, river flooding was a fact of life. Between 1883 and 1967, the Bow River flooded at least 19 times. On June 25, 1974, Canmore was again inundated by one of the worst river floods ever recorded.

In 2013 a different type of flooding occurred. Instead of river flooding, debris flows and debris floods were experienced in Canmore’s nine primary mountain creeks causing significant damage throughout the community

Another kind of flood damaged the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre. At about 3 a.m. on the morning of January 31, 2014, a PVC pipe failed in the main floor women’s washroom of the Canmore Civic Centre. It burst with enough force to blow out a section of the wall. The Civic Centre, including the Museum, had to deal with significant water damage.

Because exhibits were irreparably damaged, the museum was forced to close to the public from January 31 until June 19, 2014. Fortunately the Museum’s collections sustained little damage. This temporary exhibit enabled the Museum to open until we can plan, fabricate and install new permanent exhibits based on our collections. We will be asking our community to help us accomplish this goal.

As we learned in 2013, the town’s low-lying location on the River’s floodplain, and position among a number of steep mountain creeks, means that flood hazards will remain a way of life in Canmore. Through it all, Canmore stays strong.
“Although the Civic Centre flood was at first a disaster for the Museum, it provides an opportunity to develop new exhibits that will tell the stories of Canmore in a fresh, dynamic manner.”
Debbie Carrico, Director, Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre, 2014


100 Years of Alberta Labour

The Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2012. The AFL’s first century of fighting for the rights of working people provides a good perspective from which to look back at the contributions of working men and women to the history of Alberta.
Often neglected in histories of the province, it was the unsung toil and overlooked skills of Alberta men, women and children who built the mines, mills, cities and factories, dug the coal, harvested the wheat, and maintained the homes, thus creating the rich social and physical environment we enjoy today.
Until the end of March, 2013 the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre is hosting a travelling exhibit of photos and stories of Alberta’s working people. We invite you to come, learn, and marvel at the achievements of this province’s workers.

Operation Bow Athabasca – The Video

Our new exhibition “Operation Bow Athabasca – The Geological Survey of Canada takes on the Rockies” is on display from early May until late October. Please don’t miss this exhibition which highlights the work of the GSC in the mid-1960s by Drs. Ray Price and Eric Mountjoy and a team of geologists.

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Jewels of the Bow

So many mysterious objects in our collection; what to do? With the help of a grant from The Calgary Foundation, the hard work of our collection manager Amanda Sittrop, and a legion of volunteers providing background information, Deep Research into our collection has resulted in the exhibition “Jewels of the Bow”.

You can do a virtual visit online; or, better yet, you can come into the museum to see all of these objects now on display.

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Operation Bow-Athabasca

Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre launches a major exhibition starting in early May and runs through to late October.

Our new exhibition “Operation Bow Athabasca – The Geological Survey of Canada takes on the Rockies” will be on display from early May until late October. Please don’t miss this exhibition which highlights the work of the GSC in the mid-1960s by Drs. Ray Price and Eric Mountjoy and a team of geologists.

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Here are some pictures taken at the Official opening, May 19, 2012.

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Deep Research Case 11: Advertising Mould

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre needs your help! We’re investigating some unknown objects in the collection and are looking for any information you may have about them. Every week, we’ll be posting a new case. If you have any information about the objects, please contact Collections Manager, Amanda Sittrop, at

This Canmore Coal Briquette Advertising mould is made of blue plastic, with a grey cloth material on the back. Briquettes were made using fine coal pieces mixed with the adhesive bitumen, also known as asphalt. They were then pressed into rounded squares. Did you ever see advertisements for Canmore briquettes? Did you work in the plant where they were made? Visit the Museum and tell us your story.