Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum 

Museums 

Wetaskiwin & District Heritage MuseumThe Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum has been incorporated as a non-profit society since May 1986. The museum provides for the acquisition, exhibition, and preservation of artifacts to interpret the natural, human, and cultural history of Wetaskiwin, the Four Band Reserve, and the surrounding rural area. With the commitment of Society members, competent staff, dedicated volunteers, and the unfailing support of the community, the museum has become the city’s heritage house, preserving its history for future generations.
 
The Heritage Museum is located in the heart of Wetaskiwin’s historic downtown. In 2004, having outgrown the Calgary Power building, the Wetaskiwin and District Museum Society purchased the three-story, one hundred-year-old Montgomery Store building situated on Main Street. The main floor opened in November 2004. The entire building—home to a collection of more than 15,000 artifacts—officially opened its doors on May 7th, 2005, and now welcomes thousands of visitors each year.
 
The acclaimed Children’s Legacy Centre is located on the lower floor, where young visitors are invited to gently handle artifacts as they explore pioneer life through a child-size schoolhouse, general store, country home, and backyard. The main floor features alternating displays, as well as the Women of Aspenland permanent exhibit, which honours the accomplishments of four local women each year. Patrons are invited to conduct research in the non-lending Resource Library and visit the museum’s gift shop, Timely Treasures. Permanent exhibits are located on the second floor. Highlights include The War Years Remembered, Wetaskiwin’s Early Businesses, a display of twenty-eight churches, the history of Wetaskiwin’s hospitals, exhibits showcasing the experiences of Chinese and Swedish immigrants, an exclusive Hutterite exhibit, and much more. The second floor is also home to the new Origins Exhibit featuring dinosaur fossils, an authentic tipi, a fur trade post, and interactive computer games!
 
Dozens of school groups tour the museum each year, utilizing programming specifically designed to enhance Alberta’s Social Studies curriculum. Seniors’ tours and large groups are welcome to contact the museum in advance to make convenient arrangements.
 
Each year, the Heritage Museum honours four new Women of Aspenland, and one Pioneer of the Year. Canada Day celebrations are also held at the museum on July 1st, as are special events throughout the year.  

Wetaskiwin & District Museum