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Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)

Museums in the Kootenay Rockies region pay tribute to industries and settlers.

The Revelstoke Railway Museum celebrates workers that built the most treacherous section of Canada's first transcontinental railway, while Trains Deluxe – The Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook relives the glory days of rail travel.

Learn about Doukhobor culture at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre (in Castlegar). Uncover the world of mining at the Rossland Museum or climb onboard the SS Moyie – the world's oldest intact steam-passenger sternwheeler.

Visitor Centres have information on local museums and historic sites. Check the hours of operation for museums, as they may vary by season.

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11 Museums in Kootenay Rockies

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Creston Museum - Creston

219 Devon St
Creston, British Columbia
V0B 1G3
Toll-free
Phone250-428-9262

Find your story at the Creston Museum! Explore local history through exhibits, events and guided tours. Make use of our genealogical research services to learn more about your ancestors, and share your own stories with us. Join us for the Old-Fashioned Tea, Kids Day, or one of our other seasonal events. And don't miss the model railway! We have beautiful grounds with a picnic area, a gift shop featuring local history books and products by Creston Valley artists and artisans, and public washrooms. Bring your family, school, or group reunion, or join us for a special birthday party.

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Doukhobor Discovery Centre - Castlegar

112 Heritage Way
Castlegar, British Columbia
V1N 4M5
Toll-free
Phone250-365-5327

A rare heritage attraction nestled at the confluence of the Kootenay & Columbia rivers, this museum, on traditional orchard land, will introduce you to the unique skills, beliefs, culture & lifestyle of the Doukhobors as it was lived 1908-1938. The museum is a complete communal village which features videos, thousands of artifacts, the communal house with petch (oven), the banya (sauna), linen textiles & other crafts. The Village Gift Shop features art displays and Doukhobor Arts & Crafts for sale, CDs, books, videos & cards. The Village Bistro Restaurant is closed for renovations but the Village Market (the blue building) is host to The Apple Guy who sells fresh produce and locally made borshch.

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Golden Museum - Golden

1302 11th Ave S
Golden, British Columbia
V0A 1H0
Toll-free
Phone250-344-5169

Endless opportunities to discover, reflect, teach & learn await you at the Golden Museum. Stories, photographs & artifacts tell the tale of the evolution of Kicking Horse Country from its early rough railway beginnings to its present authentic mountain culture.

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Revelstoke Nickelodeon Museum - Revelstoke

111 First St W
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0
Toll-free
Phone250-837-5250

The world-famous Revelstoke Nickelodeon, Canada's only mechanical music museum, offers hour long demonstrations of its restored original antique automatic musical instruments from 18th century barrel organs to 1950's jukeboxes. Included are 19th century Swiss & German music boxes, 19th & early 20th century roll-operated pianolas, mighty pipe & reed organs, the Mills Violano electric violin, the mighty Belgian dance organ, Emperor Napoleon III's automatic piano, phonographs, record players & more. Tours take place at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm during the regular season.

We also stage magic lantern shows & monthly vintage film nights. TripAdvisor includes us on their list of best things to do in Revelstoke & recently awarded us their 2013 Certificate of Excellence with five stars!

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Revelstoke Railway Museum - Revelstoke

719 Track St
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0
Toll-free877-837-6060
Phone250-837-6060

Follow the tracks to Canada's Railway Past at the Revelstoke Railway Museum. History comes to life with fascinating artifacts & exhibits. Climb into the cab of a restored CPR steam locomotive. Discover the challenges encountered by the workers who helped build a nation. See rolling stock, a model railroad layout, kids' caboose play area & more. Enjoy the outdoor picnic area & large gift shop. Bus tours are welcome at British Columbia's premiere railway museum. Be sure to visit our companion historic site & gift shop at Craigellachie on the Trans-Canada Hwy, where the "Last Spike" was driven.

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Rossland Museum - Rossland

1100 Hwy 3B
Rossland, British Columbia
V0G 1Y0
Toll-free888-448-7444
Phone250-362-7722

The mountaintop city of Rossland welcomes visitors to its museum & outdoor history park. Enjoy a guided site tour of the museum outdoor displays, a mine tour video, try your hand at gold panning & visit the amazing Geology Centre. The museum displays bring Rossland's remarkable story to life for your viewing pleasure. Several new displays have been added for 2014.

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3 Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town - Revelstoke

Trans Canada Hwy 1
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0
Toll-free888-667-2109
Phone250-837-2109

Experience life in the 1800s while exploring over 25 historic buildings in our Heritage Ghost Town. These restored & fully furnished buildings have been gathered from around BC & assembled near the site of the original town of Three Valley, which swelled & subsided in the 1880s. Highlights of your visit will include the Antique Car Museum, Monashee Mining exhibit & a huge Railway Roundhouse - home to steam engines, railway coaches & one of the largest covered turntables in North America. The Heritage Ghost Town is located next to Three Valley Lake Chateau, an extraordinary resort destination on the Trans-Canada Hwy.

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Fort Steele Heritage Town - Fort Steele

9851 Hwy 93/95
Fort Steele, British Columbia
V0B 1N0
Toll-free
Phone250-417-6000

With gold rush beginnings in 1864, Fort Steele has gone from boom town to regional centre to ghost town and is now one of the most important heritage attractions in British Columbia. The town site features over 60 buildings. Activities vary by season and include ice cream making, horse-drawn wagon tours, steam train rides, gold panning lessons, live theatre, museum displays and various demonstrations. See many varieties of heritage breed livestock. Fort Steele is perched on the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

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Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre - Cranbrook

7468 Mission Rd
Cranbrook, British Columbia
V1C 7E6
Website
Toll-free
Phone250-417-4001

Hoodoos and other geological features are prominent in the Ktunaxa creation story, which reveals much about the Ktunaxa history. This fascinating story can be heard at the Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre at the St. Eugene Mission Resort, a Spanish colonial building constructed in 1910 (which operated for 60 years as a residential school for Aboriginal children). The Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council has transformed the building into a modern full-service resort. On-site is the Interpretive Centre that showcases Aboriginal contemporary arts, culture and heritage. On display are historic photographs, scale models of traditional tipis, a sturgeon-nosed canoe and many other artifacts.

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Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre - New Denver

306 Josephine St
New Denver, British Columbia
V0G 1S0
Toll-free
Phone250-358-7288

The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC) is a National Historic Site dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the internment of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

The Centre opened in 1994 as an initiative from the New Denver Kyowakai Society and is located on the site of a former internment camp. The original buildings, period artifacts, interpretive displays, and Heiwa Teien (Peace) garden chronicle this extraordinary episode in Canadian history.

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