The Fernie Museum is proud to present Cabinet of Curiosities a video series investigating the stories behind our artifact collection from the safety of the home of Lindsay Vallance, the Fernie Museum’s Collections Manager. This week’s object is a bowl-shaped metal hat, designed to keep you safe just long enough to threaten the safety of…

The Fernie Museum is proud to present Cabinet of Curiosities, a video series investigating the stories behind objects from our artifact collection. This week, we’re taking a look at a half-empty glass bottle, mysteriously labeled ‘Burdock Blood Bitters’. What is in it? What does it do? And how much would Gwyneth Paltrow be willing to…

The snake wraps itself leisurely around the cane, green scales gleaming. Its delicate red tongue flickers upward, as though forever looking for the hand that wields it. Above its head, crossed flags bar its way: one a Union Jack, the other a Canadian Red Ensign. Below the tip of its tail, a .303 rifle cartridge…

For as long as adults have been driving, kids have been pedalling. All the way back to 1890 and the dawn of the automobile, every make and model had its tiny, child-powered twin, from the Mercedes Benz to the Model T Ford. Like the first automobiles, early factory-made pedal cars were toys for the wealthy,…

This is the first in a series of posts that will highlight the Museum’s collections as we continue to evaluate, research, catalogue and rehouse the collections over the next three years.   For most of us, it’s just butter: innocuous stacks of foil-wrapped bricks or plastic tubs, scooped out of the dairy case without a second…

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