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Sundre & District Museum: Far More than Meets the Eye

The humble collection of historic buildings and artifacts at the Sundre & District Museum only shows part of the story. Between the walls of each structure is a rich and beautiful narrative. When you visit, you get to be part of the past, present and future all at once.

Jane Atkins, Board Chair, is excited about the upcoming summer programs, the arrival of camps, and the many ways locals and tourists can enjoy the museum.

“Kids camps have arrived, post-COVID,” Atkins shares. “In our camps, we bring the kids back to the pioneer ways of doing things. The children wear pioneer costumes and enjoy a full immersion experience. The summer students have an opportunity to become site interpreters, learning how the museum works behind the scenes, participating in collections and helping to set up brand new exhibits.” For more information and to register please email the museum.

Summer Camps for Kids

Camps are arranged by age groups and will include a variety of activities (weather and age dependent) that may include rope making, candle making and planting a garden. Children aged 4-6 year old enjoy half-day camp two days a week. A healthy snack is provided. Older children enjoy full days Monday-Friday starting at 9 am and are required to bring a lunch.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Think summer programs at the Sundre Museum are just for kids? Think again! The seniors in the community will have an exciting opportunity to share their stories on film. A New Horizons grant through the Government of Canada allows the museum to make use of the vintage projectors, theatre seating and other historic theatre items in their collection. Add in a youth behind the camera and a senior regaling the lens about the good old days, and you have movie magic for the whole community to enjoy. This program is under development, so stay tuned to the museum’s Facebook page for future details.

Summer Events for the Whole Family

Mark your calendar because these events are coming up fast. These events are made possible through the Celebrate Canada grants through the government of Canada.

  • July 1, Canada Day: Enjoy show and shine, flag raising with local Legion members at 11, a community BBQ hosted by the Town, vendors, live entertainment and a special performance by Tim Hus.
  • June 21, National Indigenous People’s Day: Members of Stoney-Nakota (îyârhe Nakodabi) will be on site to set up a Tipi and share their culture on this very special day, from 10 – 2.
  • June 27, Multicultural Day: Sundre and area is made up of many different cultures from around the world. Celebrate the unique aspects that come together to form our community, and learn from each others’ past to help us all move together as one into the future. Drop by the museum to create a flag that depicts your family's origins, letting us truly see how diverse Sundre is.

There are more events being planned for the summer and fall. Click here for updates as information becomes available.

More to Explore

“There is way more to do and explore on site than people think” smiles Atkins. “It takes about three hours jus to tour the entire museum, and we are still growing. In addition to visiting the exhibits, we have several ways to elevate your experience.”

Those ways include:

  • Scavenger hunts: Pick up a discovery sheet before your tour, then find all the clues as you browse the museum. Return a completed form to get a prize from the treasure box at the front door.
  • World of Wildlife: Enjoy an interactive experience with crossword puzzles, word searches and more that tie into the taxidermy exhibit.
  • Coloring books, birthday parties, Whiskers the cougar , garden tours, virtual programs and more!

Plan Your Visit

During the summer, hours are 10-5 Monday-Sunday. Some events, like Canada Day, are free (a donation is highly suggested as the majority of the museum and its operations are volunteer-operated. Donations are accepted on site and year-round online. There are so many great things to do ,and see and explore in just one visit! Purchase a membership to save money and make it even easier to come to Sundre & District Museum over and over again.