Built in 1909 for the Home Bank, the Fernie Museum is located in the heart of historic downtown Fernie.
Location, Access and Parking
The Museum is located 491 2nd Avenue in historic downtown Fernie, BC.
The Museum provides barrier free access.
Public parking is available in the parking lot located behind the museum at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 4th street. Public parking is free in Historic Downtown Fernie.
Hours of Operation
2020 Admission Fees:
Free for Youth and Children
$3 per person for groups of 10 or more
$20 for school groups
Admission fees support the ongoing operations and programming of the Fernie Museum and the maintenance of our heritage building.
The Benefits of Membership
Members of the Fernie & District Historical Society receive free admission to the Museum along with at 15% discount in the Museum Shop and event ticket discounts. Members of the Royal BC Museum enjoy a reciprocal 25% discount on admission to the Fernie Museum.
Donations are welcome.
Visitor Services and Amenities
Museum staff are on hand to help guide your paths as your explore our museum, community and the environment around us – whether it is on the ski hill or on our many hiking or biking trails.
For further information about Fernie, please contact Visitor Services at 250.423.7016, extension 1 or by email.
- Trites & Wood Mercantile, offering a curated collection of jewelry, clothing and accessories, home décor, books, and stationary which represents Fernie’s geography, culture and heritage.
- Free barrier free public washrooms.
- Free public WiFi. Public computers are available next door at the Fernie Heritage Library.
- Picnic facilities are located in the Fernie Heritage Library park, immediately behind the museum
- A number of excellent coffee shops, restaurants, and shops are located in downtown Fernie. Visit the Tourism Fernie website to explore the variety of shopping, restaurants, accommodations and services that Fernie has to offer.
Visiting & Exploring Historic Fernie
Fernie is one of British Columbia’s most celebrated vacation destinations.
Each year Tourism Fernie publishes its Vacation Planner which provides an overview of all year-round activities such as skiing, catskiing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, to mountain biking, hiking, eco-tours, fly fishing, golfing, whitewater rafting and more in summer.
Three tragic disasters have nearly brought total destruction to Fernie since its founding over a hundred years ago. However, the persistence of its locals have always restored the town back to its glory. As you walk around town look hard and you’ll see that Fernie exudes history the moment you step into the downtown area on 2nd Avenue. Beautiful deep gold and rose-tinted brick and sandstone buildings line 2nd Avenue and are unique to Fernie. Look for evidence of the 1908 Great Fire in the form of soot and smoke residue on the brickwork.
Begin a self-guided heritage walking tour of Fernie at the former CPR Station, 601 1st Avenue, now the Fernie Arts Station. Guided tours are also available from the Fernie Museum on weekends in July & August or book a private guided tour.
Accessible, paved sidewalks | Approx. 45 minutes – 1.5 hour
Need assistance planning your visit to Fernie? Have special needs? Please contact one of our friendly Visitor Services staff and they will be happy to assist you by providing recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, attractions and activities tailored to your needs and interests.
Fernie Heritage and FlavourThis is a wonderful view into Fernie's past, with great stories about some of the town's citizens and goings on. The exhibitions are well displayed and interesting, the volunteers are helpful and well informed. The gallery on the second floor is a nice surprise with the offering of contemporary artists displayed. Well worth a visit. TripAdvisor Review
Small but beautiful and informativeWhat a great way to spend an hour or so. Location is excellent right in the heart of the town. Wonderful place to gain understanding of Fernie past and present. Staff input is informative and welcoming. This has something for all ages and interest levels. TripAdvisor Review
Spend an hour – learn a lotThis was a very informative museum located in an historic building. I enjoyed the audio stations and info on the surrounding mountains with hidden pictures to be found. The museum is a great way to discover Fernie's past. The staff member we talked to was very knowledgeable and obviously quite passionate about this museum. Visit if you have the opportunity. TripAdvisor Review