The Fernie Museum has an extensive artifact and archival collection that reflects the history of Fernie and the Elk Valley-Crowsnest Pass region. This area is defined by the BC-Montana border to the south, to Elko to the west, the town of Elkford to the north and the Alberta-BC border to the east.
The Fernie Museum collects and preserves artifacts and archival records of permanent value to the history of Fernie and the surrounding region.

The museum’s collecting scope currently emphasizes three areas:

Living in Fernie
Demographic change, family life, communities, neighborhoods, religion, sports, recreation, leisure, and education.

Working in Fernie
The economic base of Fernie, including business, manufacturing, labour and transportation.

Governing Fernie
Politics, citizen groups and community organizations.

The Fernie Museum actively collects and solicits new artifacts and documents on a year round basis. If you have object(s) that you believe would add to the Fernie Museum’s artifact and archives collections, please contact the Collections Manager at 250.423.7016, extension 1.

The Director-Curator will discuss with you the item(s) you are proposing to donate to determine if the object(s) meet the museum’s collection mandate and policies. If the items do not meet the museum’s requirements, museum staff may refer you to other organizations that may accept your donation.

If the items meet the Museum’s requirements, you will be asked to:

  • Complete an Intent to Donate form
  • Bring the object(s) to the museum for consideration by the Collection Committee. (depending on size)
  • Donations must be unconditional in order to be accepted

Museum staff or volunteers may contact you after the item(s) are submitted for review for additional information.


If you have questions, concerns, or issues, or you wish to check on the status of your proposed donation, please contact the Collections Manager on 250.423.7016, extension 1 or by email.