‘Artifacts’ can be defined as objects of historical significance. It is the mandate of the Fernie Museum to collect, preserve and exhibit artifacts that have historical significance to Fernie and the Elk Valley-Crowsnest Pass region.

The Fernie Museum’s artifact collection consists of approximately 9,000 unique objects. The collection ranges from the fine silverware rescued from the Methodist Church during the devastating 1908 fire to industrial artifacts from the Coal Creek, Morrissey and Hosmer mines. The museum uses many of these objects in its exhibits to illustrate the fascinating stories of the people and events that shaped Fernie’s past.


The museum makes available to schools and community organizations the loan of objects from our community education collection. Objects in this collection do not have a documented provenance related to our mandate and are suitable for hands-on use and/or exhibition in a non-museum environment. Please contact the Collections Manager for inquires and access to this collection by calling 250.423.7016 ext. 1 or by email.


The Fernie Museum welcomes donations of artifacts. Upon approval by a collections committee, donations of objects related to the city and surrounding region will become part of the museum’s artifact collection. The museum also welcomes donations of objects for the museum’s educational collection, which is used for hands-on programs.  Please contact the Collections Manager on 250.423.7016, ext. 1 or by email to discuss potential donations.

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