Central Rural East Alberta Museums (CREAM)
Discover Roots and Community
Check out the great collections on a CREAM museums tour. Experience railway history, grain elevators, old school houses, farm machinery, military history, a telephone museum, and much more! Enjoy heritage demonstrations and special events throughout the summer. Create a driving tour with your choice of 16 museums along highways 16, 14 and 13.
CREAM DIRECTORYCamrose & District Centennial Museum
Opened July 1, 1967, located opposite St. Mary's Hospital on 53 Street. Home of thousands of artifacts displayed in varied settings throughout the one main building and 12 smaller outer buildings which include a Fire Hall, RCMP Machinery Building, Blacksmith and Tinsmith Shop, St. Dunstan's Church, Pioneer Log House, Log and Sod Hut, and Likeness School. No admission charge but donations welcomed and appreciated. Opening hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00AM to 5:00PM May through September.
Camrose Heritage Railway Station & Park
This beautiful museum and park grounds is built up around the 1911 Canadian Northern Railway depot, located at the heart of the heritage district in Camrose. Within the depot, you can enjoy the Tea Room with self serve refreshments, the White Elephant gift shop, and plentiful displays of the local railway heritage.
The grounds consist offer a walk through local rail history with the many meticulously kept and cared for structures and displays, including a bunkhouse, watchmen's shed (originally serving as a passenger shelter), and the track car storage shed. Throughout the grounds, read and listen to the stories of the people who worked here.
This historical site is otherwise known as 'Tea Cups to Tractors' and houses six buildings which offer artifacts of the regions history. Two of the buildings on site are the original Edgerton Methodist Church and The Battle Valley School SD #2184. A post office, general store, barber shop, and blacksmith shop are the other buildings you can enjoy, as well as a number of antique tractors and vehicles. Are you a photographer or enthusiast? You'll love the rare Hugo Viewager autochrome collection in the original Grand Trunk Pacific Station.
Holden Historical Society Museum
This museum building originally served as the town hall, fire hall and jail. Now you can visit the museum to see a pioneer kitchen, an outdoor Piche oven, general store, church, schoolroom, barbershop and parlour with displays of many handcrafted items.
Innisfree Prairie Bank of Commerce Museum
This museum is housed in the former Bank of Commerce building, built in 1906. Within, you'll find the historical institution preserved with care as well as a craft store, art gallery and the tourist information centre for the municipality of Innisfree.
This museum is developed around the house where the widely known Company's Coming cookbook author, Jean Paré, grew up, as well as the 1934 Anglican Church building. A recent addition to the museum's site is a building with more than 300 lamps - a collection of Irvin and Doreen Bell's. Open Sundays 2:00 to 4:00 pm from May long weekend until September long weekend. If no one is available call for an appointment to the phone numbers listed on the museum door. Call for appointment during the summer only if wanting to visit the museum during off hours.
Lougheed Iron Creek Museum
Several heritage buildings were moved on site to form the Iron Creek Museum in Lougheed. Among these is the local elevator which now houses interesting displays you can peruse. As you take a walk through the various buildings, you'll be able to enjoy seeing a wide-ranging collection of items from founding families. The museum is open through the summer but a Christmas concert is frequently part of the local holiday festivities in the one room school house. Don't miss it!
Paradise Valley Climb Thru Time Museum
This museum is housed in a lovingly restored grain elevator and offers a number of displays of local historical significance.
The main building of the Provost and District Museum is home to many historic treasures, as well as educational videos from Bodo Archaeological Society and various unique historical exhibits. Historical exhibits include the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Re-Inventors Displays which contain pieces from the History Channel television show!
When you leave the main building there is still plenty to see in the yard. Starting with the school houses, both of which were originally located in different areas of the M.D. of Provost, and each has a unique history to share. In them you can find dozens of old textbooks, as well as old yearbooks and school uniforms from both the Provost Public School and Saint Thomas Aquinas School. Whether you're looking for a relative who attended one of the many little schools in the district years ago or you just want to see how funny your parents yearbook picture was, it's worth the trip.
Next to the schools is the 1917 T. Eaton (Stockdale) house. It was ordered out of an Eaton's Building Catalogue for $833.19 shipped by rail then assembled upon arrival. The house was moved to the museum grounds in 2006. Other interesting historical buildings on site include Our Savior's Lutheran Church, The Bunk House, The Bachelor House, and Blacksmith Shop. A new addition is the Grain Elevator Office which was moved on site early 2015.
The Museum is host to events throughout the year so be sure to check out the events listing on the Go East website for updates.
Housed within two conjoined country school houses, this museum offers a fascinating walk through time for both village and farm life.
Sedgewick Archives Gallery & Museum; Goose Creek School
The centerpiece of this museum is the 1910 built former "Merchants Bank" (Bank of Montreal) and is today a designated Alberta Historic Site. The Goose Creek School is the second historically significant building on the museum grounds. You are welcome to have a tour of the buildings and grounds at your leisure throughout the open season. As well, the museum is host to interesting events all through the year so make sure to check in often for event listings.
The Legion of the Frontiersmen
Founded throughout the British Commonwealth in 1904, Frontiersmen were charged with gathering intelligence for the British War Office. Although a civilian organization, Frontiersmen fought alongside the Allied Powers during the First World War and 10,000 lost their lives. The Legion of Frontiersmen's Fort Scott was built as a training camp during the 1930s at Hastings Lake, and is noted for constructing a cenotaph, located in Strathcona County north of Highway 14 on Range Road 204 near that location. Today the Frontiersmen support community groups and offer the use of their facilities to various organizations. Their log cabin museum is only open to the public on Saturdays during summer months.
The Tofield Museum grounds are situated in the Beaverhill Lake Nature Centre and feature the history of Tofield and area since 1882! Also browse through the gift shop, tourist information centre and interpretive displays featuring Beaverhill Lake flora and fauna. Guided tours are also available.
Vegreville Regional Museum
As well as housing a various assortment of collections and displays that showcase the stories of Vegreville and region, the Vegreville Regional Museum is home to the Vegreville and District Sports Hall of Fame.
Vermilion Heritage Museum
Pioneer artifacts, a pioneer home, assorted business of the area throughout history, collectibles and agricultural displays are what this museum consists of across six galleries.
A village of heritage buildings is what you'll find on the grounds of this museum - from a 1907 one-room school house to a 1921 hospital, the history is intact and carefully maintained for the enjoyment and enrichment of all. Archives of the local newspapers are on file spanning the decades starting in 1913 and many historical displays and collections can be studied and enjoyed, including farming implements and vintage tractors.
Located within the CN Station at the heart of the historic district, the Wainwright Museum is host to many exciting displays and collections. Also on site are a restaurant and gift store and throughout the grounds you'll find historic buildings and the Rail Park.
Wainwright Rail Park
Located on Canola Road on the south side of CN’s Wainwright Yard. Canola Road can be easily accessed from Highway 14 by taking either 1st Street (Camp Road) over the overpass, or 14th street. The Wainwright Railway Preservation Society collects and preserves artifacts reflecting the history of Canadian National Railways and its predecessors in the Wainwright, Alberta area.
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