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The Fernie Museum & Visitor Information Centre is located in one of Fernie's distinctive heritage buildings in Historic Downtown Fernie at 491 2nd Ave.

The building itself, an important example of Fernie's rich history, boasts a main floor exhibit hall with the visitor info centre, as well as a lovely Museum Gallery on the 2nd floor. Public washrooms are available on each floor.

The dual purpose of the facility as info centre and Museum allows visitors to discover a little about Fernie's colourful past while learning what Fernie and its businesses have to offer for recreation, entertainment, shopping, accommodation, and services.

Fernie's early history as well as changing exhibits on various themes are presented on the main floor.

The Museum Gallery on the 2nd floor features solo and group exhibitions by local, and regional artists, as well as local and touring historical exhibits. Gallery programming aims to promote professionalism and foster appreciation for arts and culture and bring awareness to the museum’s wealth of archival and artifact material.

Artists and Curators working in any medium or discipline are eligible to apply. The Museum Gallery is a beautiful space and is also available for meetings, lectures, readings, and social gatherings.

HISTORY OF THE FERNIE MUSEUM:

The Fernie District Historical Society was founded in 1964 and is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Fernie by collecting and displaying photographs, artifacts and documents relating to Fernie's development. Homeless for the first 15 years, the Society struck an agreement with the Holy Family Church to use the vacant rectory behind the Church as a museum site.

On August 4, 1979, coinciding with Fernie's Diamond Jubilee, the museum was officially opened. The rectory served as Fernie's museum for twenty years until 1999 when the Church realized that it would soon need the property for its own purposes. Original displays in the museum were designed to showcase life in Fernie in the early part of the twentieth century.

Artists and Curators working in any medium or discipline are eligible to apply. The Museum Gallery is a beautiful space and is also available for meetings, lectures, readings, and social gatherings.

IN THE EXHIBITION GALLERY:

  • October 13 2016 to February 13 2017 - HOSMER: BOOM, BUST AND WAR
    The exhibit traces the history of Hosmer from its establishment in 1906 as the one of only two coal mining communities in the Elk Valley not owned and operated by the Crow’s Nest Pass Coal Company to its near demise following the closure of the mine in 1914 to its life as a hamlet today. At its peak, over 1,200 people called Hosmer home. The exhibit also examines how the beginning of World War I further drained the remaining population, both with men signing up with the 54th East Kootenay Battalion and “enemy aliens” being taken to an internment camp located in another Elk Valley ghost town, Morrissey.

  • March 3 to May 30 2017 - THIS IS FERNIE
    From the earliest days of the daguerreotype in the mid-1850s, photographic portraiture has helped to commemorate events such as graduations or weddings, or to mark personal milestones. Kyle Hamilton, a local photographer, has sought to document the every-day face of Fernie from 2015 to 2017 by capturing Fernie residents (full time and part time?) in portraits taken in the midst of daily life, whether they have lived in Fernie for a lifetime or five minutes.

LUNCH AND LEARN SERIES:

Historical Walking Tours - Summer only

On the surface, Fernie might seem like any mountain town: beautiful vistas, interesting shops, and over 90 accessible hiking and biking trails. But if you dig a little deeper, you will discover a rich and dramatic history.

Join one of our knowledgeable local guides for a 90 minute walking tour of historic downtown Fernie. Explore the stories of movers and shakers, rumrunners, devastating fires, coal mining disasters and legends of a Ktunaxa curse and discover how these people and events have helped to shape Fernie as we see it today.

Our guides will also share the inside scoop of where to find the right memento, a perfect latte or a great place to eat in our community. We endeavor to make your stay in Fernie, whether long or short, a truly memorable experience.

  • Saturdays in July & August - 2016 dates TBC
  • Tours depart at 11am and last approx 90 minutes.
  • Adults $10, Family $25.
  • Purchase tickets in advance online or at the Museum.

  • Contact Information
  • 250-423-7016
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  • www.ferniemuseum.com
  • 491 2nd Avenue, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0
  • Details
  • Open
    Daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm
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