Museum History

History of the Claresholm Museum

Claresholm Museum CPR Station Building

The museum began with a small display that was set up for the annual fair. This was very popular and discussions began to use those items as the nucleus for a local museum.

The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) station, which closed in 1965, was leased for a small sum and items were gathered to display some of Claresholm’s early history. Although passenger train service continued until 1971, the unused station was acquired by the Town of Claresholm in 1965 for the Museum.

The Claresholm & District Museum officially opened in 1969 and has been serving our community and visitors ever since.