The Didsbury Museum, situated in the Town of Didsbury, Alberta, has been established to tell the story of the founding, settlement and development of the community in and surrounding the Town of Didsbury from the late 1800s to the present.
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Frequently Asked Questions

We're pleased you are planning a visit to the Didsbury Museum! If you have a question that isn't answered below, please check our Plan Your Visit page of this website.

  • How much does admission to the museum cost?
    Admission is always free at the Didsbury Museum. We do, however, encourage a donation of $5. to help us maintain the building and artifacts.

  • May I bring a group for a visit?
    Absolutely! For large groups, we ask that you call ahead (403-335-9295); however, with three floors and multiple rooms filled with displays, there is plenty of space for everyone to comfortably enjoy the museum.

  • What is the Didsbury Museum doing to make visits safer considering COVID-19?
    We have put safety measures in place to protect the health of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and collections based on guidance from Alberta Health Services, the Province of Alberta, and the Town of Didsbury. We continue to keep up with any current regulations; however, these tend to change regularly so call the Museum (403-335-9295) to discuss any current concerns with the Museum Manager. We do ask that you please stay home if you are feeling sick or have had close contact with someone who is sick.

  • Do you provide wheelchairs for visitors?
    There is a manual wheelchair on site, available free of charge for use while visiting the museum. We would be pleased to meet you at your car, with the wheelchair, for your comfort. With the elevator, parents with children in strollers can also easily access all floors at the Museum.

  • Are backpacks, water bottles, and snack items allowed in the museum?
    We allow backpacks in our museum, but if you would prefer to not have to lug it around, we would be happy to place it in our private office so you can comfortably tour the museum. Visitors are permitted to bring food and beverages but these must be consumed in the Mercantile General Store room only. Food and beverages may not be carried or consumed in other rooms at the museum.

  • Do you have any facilities where I may nurse my child or pump?
    Most of our rooms do not have chairs that are not also artifacts. While you are welcome to nurse or bottle feed your child or pump anywhere you feel comfortable within the museum, we can offer a private chair in our private office. This room does not have running water or diaper-changing facilities, but both can be found in our wheelchair/stroller restrooms downstairs.

  • How long should I plan for my visit to the museum?
    It is difficult to say how much time it would take to visit the Didsbury Museum. We have visitors who spend about an hour, and others who spend an entire afternoon. So much depends on your age and interests. We recommend that you review our list of exhibits to consider which ones you'd like to see - then come back a second time to see another.

  • Is internet access available for visitors in the museum?
    We are pleased to offer free WIFI to all of our visitors to the museum, creatively called "DidsburyMuseum". The password is located near our guest book.

  • Someone from my family has donated an object to the museum. Is it available for viewing?
    Your best bet is to talk to our Museum Manager or Archivist. While most items are on exhibit, there are some in storage waiting to be included in new displays. Our exhibits are digitally catalogued and we should be able to find your family's gift fairly quickly.

  • I am planning to visit the museum with kids. Do you have any tips?
    All children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Because many of the heritage artifacts are sensitive and cannot be sanitized with harsh cleaners, we ask that visitors "Enjoy With Your Eyes Only"! We do offer some hands-on activities from time to time, like at the Mountain View Arts Festival or Culture Days.
    • We will be happy to guide you and your children through favourite rooms like the Schoolroom, old-fashioned Toys Exhibits and, of course, the Model Railroad.
    • Talk to our Museum Manager about our Scavenger Hunt and word search games.
    • We have board games available in the Mercantile General Store.
    • There are military clothes your kids would love to try on. Make sure you bring your camera!
    • We have a fun display of Semaphore Flags where the flag bearer displays letters or numbers by using different positions of the flags.

  • May I take pictures in the museum?
    Video cameras and flash photography are permitted in the museum. Please respect the privacy of others and do not take photos of someone who is not in your group. News photographers and videographers must arrange visits with the Museum Manager by calling 403-335-9295.

Main Street Didsbury, 1905
A look along Main Street Didsbury, 1905

The Fire Truck Story
For many years, the Didsbury Rural Fire Protection Association had old tanker truck parked in front of the Didsbury and District Museum. It was the first one used by the association and dates back to the mid 1950s.

Photo from Waymarking.com.

The restoration project began in 2009 and the "finished product" debuted in the 2011 Didsbury Elks Parade. The restoration was made possible by generous donations of volunteer time, materials, and services.

Working on the restoration of the old fire truck in Didsbury.

The Didsbury Rural Fire Protection's Tanker Truck now greets everyone who enters the Museum grounds.
The Didsbury Rural Fire Protection's Tanker Truck now greets everyone who enters the Museum grounds.

The Didsbury Museum is one of the most loved buildings in town and hosts many signature events in Didsbury. DIDSBURY MUSEUM
2110 - 21 Avenue
Box 1175
Didsbury, Alberta
T0M 0W0
Phone: 403-335-9295

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HOURS:
Tuesday 10 am - 4 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm
Thursday 10 am - 4 pm
Friday 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Plan 1 - 2 hours for your visit
ADMISSION BY DONATION
Suggested donation
$5 per person

Wheelchair Accessible
Free Street Parking

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The Didsbury Museum has been recognized by the Alberta Museums Association. The Didsbury Museum is a non-profit making, permanent institution, in the service of society and its development, and open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates, and exhibits, for the purpose of study, education, and enjoyment, material evidence of people and their environment.     To qualify as a Provincial Historic Resource, historic places like the Didsbury Museum must normally be associated with a significant aspect of Alberta's past and retain the physical site features necessary to convey this significance. Click here to share your experiences on TripAdvisor.
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The Didsbury Museum is owned by the Didsbury & District Historical Society and operated by volunteers.

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