The Didsbury Museum, situated in the Town of Didsbury, Alberta, has been established to tell the story of the founding, settlement and development of the community in and surrounding the Town of Didsbury from the late 1800s to the present.
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SCHOOL TOURS COMING - It's that time of year again - time for school tours of the Museum! With the assistance of our Preschool, Ross Ford and Westglen teachers, we support the Alberta curriculum by creating immersive experiences across limitless subjects. The programs are set and all we need is you! These kidlets are so much fun, and seeing the artifacts through these young eyes is a real treat. If you would like to be part of this educational fun, call Dawn at 403-335-9295, and she'll be happy to tell you more!

MINIATURE SHOW & SHINE - Gear up for one of Didsbury's favourite annual events, the Didsbury Car Show on Saturday, May 11th! Hundreds of antique, vintage and classic cars will line the downtown streets. Then pop over to the Museum and take in our Miniature Show & Shine upstairs in the Museum with the Mountain View Model Railroad Club. Kids of all ages will love it! It's going to be up until June 8th.
Print and hang our Miniature Car Show Poster on your fridge so you remember!

MEMBERSHIPS AVAILABLE - The Historical Society's fiscal year is September 1 to August 31. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Didsbury and District Historical Society, simply call the Museum at 403-335-9295, or come to the Museum during hours of operation. You can also purchase your membership online on our Support the Museum page. Thanks for showing your support!

In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani as well as the Nakoda and Tsuut'ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations, indigenous and non, who live, work and play and help us steward this land, honour and celebrate this territory. This sacred gathering place provides us with an opportunity to engage in and demonstrate leadership on reconciliation.

The Didsbury Museum is owned and operated by the Didsbury and District Historical Society. The building was constructed in 1907 as a school, and was designated a Provincial Historic Site in 1997.

Fondly called the "Old Red Brick School", the building was also home to the first free library in Alberta. In 1918, the school was used as a hospital during the Spanish Flu epidemic, and a yard for the military troops.

At more than 8,665 square feet, the Didsbury Museum is one of the largest museums in Mountain View County! Our gorgeous ceilings are 13 feet high! There are 16 rooms including offices and washrooms, 10 of which are complete exhibit rooms. As well as the individual rooms, our hallways are full of displays focusing on our local area heritage.

Our Signature Exhibits include over 10,000 artifacts organized on three floors!

  • Agriculture (Tools and Implements)
  • Coming of the Railroad
  • Didsbury Pioneer newspaper printing press
  • Didsbury Rural Fire Protection truck
  • Hair Salon and Barbershop (complete with an old-fashioned Barber's Pole)
  • History of Churches & Worship in our community
  • Homestead Room
  • Local Indigenous Peoples display
    • Includes a tribute honouring Didsbury's past Fire Chief, Councillor and Mayor, Richard (Rick) Mousseau, a member of the Saulteux tribe.
    • Also includes an exhibit from the estate of Amy Wilson, the first white nurse to work in the north. Amy was born and is buried in Didsbury.
  • Medical Clinic and Epidemic Artifacts
  • Mercantile General Store
  • Military Room & Service Organizations
  • Miniature Antique & Vintage Cars
  • Outdoor Garden Train
  • Posters from movies and television productions filmed here in Didsbury
  • Schoolroom
  • Sports Memorabilia
  • Uranium Glass - Located in our Homestead Room, this collection is a rarity in museums, and a beauty when it glows!
  • Plus, historical photos of the Town of Didsbury, people, buildings, and school classes, as well as historic books of Didsbury and other places of interest.

The Didsbury Museum welcomes people of all abilities, ages, backgrounds, and life experiences. We'd love to have you Become a Member!

If you would like to rent the Museum for a committee meeting, off-hours tour, or to hold your wedding in our beautiful chapel, please contact our Museum Manager by e-mail to office@didsburymuseum.ca or by phone to 403-335-9295.


Click here to purchase the Didsbury Heritage Book - audio version or book.

The Mountain View Model Railroad Club sponsors a Model Train and Hobby Extravaganza in Carstairs, Alberta at the end of May each year.
The Mountain View Model Railroad Club is an integral part of the Didsbury Museum. Their exhibits, both indoor and the new Outdoor Garden Train, are a highlight with all our visitors.

The Didsbury Museum is one of the most loved buildings in town and hosts many signature events in Didsbury. DIDSBURY MUSEUM
2110 - 21 Avenue
Box 1175
Didsbury, Alberta
T0M 0W0
Phone: 403-335-9295

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HOURS:
Tuesday 10 am - 4 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm
Thursday 10 am - 4 pm
Friday 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Plan 1 - 2 hours for your visit
ADMISSION BY DONATION
Suggested donation
$5 per person

Wheelchair Accessible
Free Street Parking

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The Didsbury Museum has been recognized by the Alberta Museums Association. The Didsbury Museum is a non-profit making, permanent institution, in the service of society and its development, and open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates, and exhibits, for the purpose of study, education, and enjoyment, material evidence of people and their environment.     To qualify as a Provincial Historic Resource, historic places like the Didsbury Museum must normally be associated with a significant aspect of Alberta's past and retain the physical site features necessary to convey this significance. Click here to share your experiences on TripAdvisor.
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The Didsbury Museum is owned by the Didsbury & District Historical Society and operated by volunteers.

The Didsbury and District Historical Society (Didsbury Museum) works with every company to create a custom-made sponsorship recognition and activation program tailored to meet their specific marketing objectives.
Special Thanks to our Sponsors: Buy-Low Foods Didsbury, Front Porch Realty, Gil's Truck & Auto Repair, Mountain View County, and the Town of Didsbury.

We would also like to acknowledge the in-kind sponsorship of CDC Electric, Dave's Tree Care, Dee's Treasure Chest, Prairie Whistle Food Co., Stewart's Bees, and Windsor Graphics.

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