Cranbrook History Centre
Cranbrook, British Columbia
The Cranbrook History Centre is located in beautiful downtown Cranbrook on Highway 3/95 and is within walking distance to parks, shopping, hotels and restaurants. It features attractions such as the nationally designated Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, the elegant Royal Alexandra Hall, Cranbrook Museum and Archives, Model Railway room, and Gift Shop.
The Cranbrook History Centre is a museum and archive that provides residents and visitors with engaging and informative exhibitions and programs focused on local, regional and national histories, peoples, and stories.
Specialized experiences are offered for groups of all ages and types. Guided tours of the 17 restored railcars are an exciting way to experience the days of luxury rail travel. Tours range in duration and cost and can be customized depending on your mobility.
Self-guided tours of the facility allow you to visit other areas of the Centre at your leisure where you will find interpretive information and exhibits on local and regional history, paleontology, natural history and first nation’s culture.
Walk through the opulence of the beautiful Royal Alexandra Hall. Built in Winnipeg in 1906, the Royal Alexandra Hotel, a rare example of Edwardian architecture amongst the CP hotels, was considered the social centerpiece of Winnipeg for nearly sixty years before its closure in 1967. Four years later it was demolished with only the Grand Cafe of the hotel carefully disassembled into hundreds of pieces. After being moved to the current site in Cranbrook in 1999, restoration and construction of a new exterior shell began. By 2004, the rebuilding of the Royal Alexandra Hall was complete and the facility was opened to the public for viewing and special events. Widely considered the most elegant public venue in southeastern British Columbia, the Royal Alexandra Hall seats more than 200 people.
If you are passionate about model trains and building astonishing working dioramas then our model train room will definitely be a must see. The size of the collection, layout, and the dedication to detail and craftsmanship will both amaze and delight you.
Most areas of the Cranbrook History Centre are wheelchair accessible and we have an elevator for your convenience. We offer comfortable seating areas and encourage you to take as many photographs as you would like. We invite you to experience the Cranbrook History Centre.
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