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

Open daily from 10:00am - 5:30pm with assistance provided for visitor information. Museum is not open Dec 24, 25, Jan 1st, Easter Sunday and Nov 11th.

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MUSEUM ADMISSION:

Adults: $5
Seniors: $4
Children & Youth: FREE
Groups (10+): $3/pp

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.

IN THE EXHIBITION GALLERY:

  • Backroads BC - June 7 - September 16, 2018

    • The exhibit features 30 new works by Fernie artist Michael Hepher which explore the scenic backroads of British Columbia as seen by the artist and his family during a 2-month summer road trip in 2017 throughout each of the distinct regions of BC in their 1971 Volkswagen van.

  • Bent on Art - September 27 - October 14, 2018

    • This pop-up exhibit highlights the work of queer and trans/gender non-conforming artists in the Kootenay region while creating educational opportunities, fostering community connection, and promoting resilience through the arts.
    • Opening Reception: 7pm, Thursday, September 27, 2018.
    • Pride Fuze Party: Friday, October 12, 2018. (As part of the Elk Valley Pride Festival)

  • En Pointe - November 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019

    • Over a period of 17 years, Gordon Milne has attended company class each week to draw the dancers of Alberta Ballet. This ongoing relationship has inspired a very distinctive feel to his drawings and paintings celebrating movement in dance. The exhibit also celebrates the 50 year history of the illustrious ballet troupe.
    • Opening Reception: 7pm, Thursday, November 1, 2018.
    • A Night at the Ballet: Saturday, November 3, 2018.

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 in July & August 27
      • Tours 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.
      • Tours depart at 11am & 2pm (most days) and last approx 90 minutes.
      • Tickets $15
  • Contact Information
  • 250-423-7016
  • Contact By Email
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  • www.ferniemuseum.com
  • 491 2nd Avenue, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0
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    Daily from 10:00am to 5:30pm
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