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About us

The Museum

The Crowsnest Historical Society was formed in 1973 by a group of concerned citizens who recognized the need to preserve the unique cultural history of the Crowsnest Pass which was quickly disappearing. Over the next decade those dedicated volunteers banded together to start the Museum, publish the local history and help educate the community and visitors about the Pass. The Museum was officially opened in 1985 and has served the community ever since.

Crowsnest Museum & Archives respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 7 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Blackfoot Nations (Piikani [Peigan], Kainai [Blood], and Siksika [Blackfoot]) and the Tsuu T'ina.  This area was also traditionally used by by the K'tunaxa (Kootenay) people, who now reside in southeastern British Columbia. 


The Crowsnest Historical Society and Crowsnest Museum & Archives will be a leader in and catalyst for the preservation, protection, and portrayal of the cultural heritage of Crowsnest Pass.  



  • Collaboration and partnership  

  • Good communications  

  • Professional and ethical conservation practices 

  • Responsibility and accessibility to our community 

  • Fiscal responsibility and sustainability  

  • Learning experience & growth  

  • Collaborative leadership  

  • Preserving our heritage  


Through its collection, the Crowsnest Historical Society and Crowsnest Museum & Archives protects, preserves, and portrays the cultural heritage of Crowsnest Pass and its people to ensure the knowledge of the past enriches the lives of present and future generations.  


2022 Board of Directors: 

  • Rudy Pagnucco (Chair) 

  • Gail Williams (Vice Chair) 

  • Joey Ambrosi (Treasurer)

  • Fred Bradley (Director)

Recognized Museum Designation 

The Crowsnest Museum & Archives is a Recognized Museum under the Alberta Museums Association. A Recognized Museum is an institution that has demonstrated its commitment to public trust and service by applying to, and attaining accreditation from, the Recognized Museum Program. The AMA designates Recognized Museums so that museum visitors and supporters can find, enjoy, and contribute to institutions where the visitor is the top priority. The Museum holds its Recognized Museum status in the highest regard, and strives to apply the best practices and methods everything we do. 

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