The Gem of the West features over 15 unique exhibits focusing on the history and heritage of Coaldale and surrounding area.
- Visit our First Nations exhibit to see a visual timeline of stone points, including a 12,000 year old Clovis point, the first found in Alberta
- Discover Main Street Coaldale through exhibits which reconstruct historic grocery stores, a one-room school house, and the CPR station.
- See the typewriter used by B.B. Janz, who helped over 21,000 Mennonites flee religious persecution in the Soviet Union during the 1920’s and 30’s.
- View a replica of a late 1880’s RCMP barracks room, constructed as part of our Canada 150 project.
- Visit our Butcher Shop exhibit and see a variety of equipment used in Coaldale’s butcher shop, in business for over 95 years!
- Learn about the various cultures which settled in the area and helped establish and develop our town.
- Tour our on-site operational blacksmith shop and see the various historic tools which were used.
- Enjoy the unique features of our building, a former Mennonite Brethren Church built in 1939, which today is a Registered Historic Resource.
New for 2018: see the wedding dress worn by Elizabeth Bruce when she married William Anderson in 1912, part of our new short term exhibit celebrating historic clothing and accessories.