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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:

  • March 3 to May 30 2017 - I AM 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.

SUMMER TOUR SERIES

  • Historical Walking Tours
    • 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.

  • Every Saturday & Sunday from July 1 - August 27, 2017
  • Tours depart at 11am & 2pm and last approx 90 minutes.
  • Tickets $10
  • Purchase tickets in advance online or at the Museum.

 

  • Exploring the Ruins Bus Tours
    • The history of the Elk Valley is riddled with the cycle of boom and bust. Hosmer and Morrissey enjoyed a brief heyday before the mines were closed prior to World War I.  Coal Creek and Michel-Natal were the economic engines of the Elk Valley before the mines there too closed following World War 2.
      Local historians will host each tour, providing insights and stories that will bring these coal mines and towns back to life.  
      The tour will take place in all weather conditions. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking outside on slightly uneven ground. A weatherproof warm jacket and an umbrella are encouraged.

  • Tickets are $30, which include admission to the Fernie Museum and light refreshments on the tour. 
    Tickets are available online on the Museum's website or at the Fernie Museum.    

  • All tours depart from the Fernie Museum at 1pm:
  • Saturday, July 8: Coal Creek townsite, July 8, 4 hours
  • Saturday, July 22: Michel-Natal townsite, 4 hours;
    • includes a stop at the Sparwood Museum.  Presented by the Michel Natal Sparwood Heritage Society.
  • Saturday, August 5: Morrissey mine and Carbonado/Morrissey townsites, 3.5 hours
  • Saturday August 19: Hosmer townsite and mine ruins, 3.5 hours; 
    • includes a stop at the Hosmer Hall to review the Hosmer: Boom, Bust and War exhibit.

 

  • Cemetery Walking Tours
    • If these tombstones could talk, the stories they would tell! Join knowledgeable tour guides on a walk through time to learn about the people, Join knowledgeable tour guides on a walk through time to learn about the people, personalities, and events that shaped the Elk Valley as we see it today.
      The tour will take place in all weather conditions. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking outside on uneven ground, some steep uphill sections. A weatherproof warm jacket and an umbrella are encouraged.
  • St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Fernie. 
  • 1:00 to 2:30 pm - July 15, 29, August 12.
  • Tour the heritage section of the cemetery and learn about the people and events that shaped early Fernie. Presented in partnership with the Lost Souls’ Society.  
  • Tickets are $10, which include admission to the Fernie Museum.  Tickets are available at the Fernie Museum.    
  • Hosmer Cemetery.
  • 1pm, August 26. 
  • As a mining community, Hosmer enjoyed a short but vibrant history. This tour of the Hosmer cemetery introduces stories of immigrant miners and pioneers that shaped this early community.
  • Tickets are $10; meet at the Hosmer Hall. 

 

 

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