Rosebud and District Centennial Museum

+1 403-820-2870

Rosebud and Area
Roots and Legends

History in Photos and Artifacts

Explore the people and landscapes of our past. Enter the sitting room of a prosperous settler in the 1920s, reminisce at the tools and appliances of the early farmers and merchants.

Reference Books

As well as hosting a local Marigold paperback library there are a number of local history books to find your relatives and friends' stories.

Unique Collections

Famous Alberta bird author, Ray W. Salt's drawings and water colours are on display. Larger than life, Jack Morton's life events as well as his nephew Darcy's Stampede regalia, over 1000 piece salt and pepper collection as well as many, many more

Our Story

Blackfoot, Cree, Metis, ranchers, cowboys, coal miners and settlers were drawn to this beautiful valley. Established by Rosebud Lions members in 1967, Rosebud Centennial and District Museum gathers stories, photos and belongings about the Rosebud, Redland and Beynon area. 

This is a valued community partnership with the land owned by the memorial hall, the renovations done by the Lions Club and the collection managed by the Historical Society. 

Our collections

Rosebud Then and Now - buildings in the 1970s and 2020s to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Rosebud Camp/School of the Arts.

The water colours of Ray W. Salt - noted birder and co-author of  The Birds of Alberta

Cartoon chuckwagon humour post cards sent by Dick Cosgrave, ten time chuckwagon race winner at the Calgary Stampede.

Photo montage of legendary rancher Jack Morton,  who started many Calgary Stampede traditions such as "Yahoo",  pancake breakfasts and horses going in hotels . His nephew Darcy Morton's award winning 1923 stampede regalia and Spanish saddle is also on display.

Admire the extraordinary collection of antique tools collected by the late B.D. "Dude" Cote of Strathmore from neighbours and auction sales. Cote spent many hours to bring his tools into "next to new" condition.

Our history

n the 1920's and 30's the original building was Mah Joe's Laundry, where single coal miners and railway workers, hung out and played cards waiting for their laundry. Then it was a farm implement and bulk oil dealership and later a coffee shop.

The official opening was in July 1967 and Lieutenant Governor, Grant MacEwan, was guest speaker. MacEwan later wrote a biography of our local legend Wild Horse Jack Morton.

By 1979 the Museum was operated by the Rosebud Historical Society. Early success can be attributed to Shirley and Rial Barr who spent many hours refurbishing and cataloging the artifacts. Deen Hymas also played a major role in the Museum's successful operation and editing of Akokiniswkay history book. George and Jewel Comstock and family faithfully worked to keep the museum open from 1983-2018.

2022 image of the front of the museum

We are Open

Wed. , Thurs., Sun. 10:30 to 6:00
Fri. Sat. 10:30-1:30, 5:00-8:00pm

Support Us

Visit us in person and donate for your admission.

Join our board. We are always looking for interested history lovers.

If you would like to support us by gift. We cannot issue receipts and this time. We will acknowledge large gifts by plaque.

You can also donate by e-transfer and put donation in the comments.

Wander into the Past

Wonder with us!

Whether you are a patron visiting us with a few minutes to spare between dinner and the show or a visitor exploring the area, there is much to see.

  • Walking Tour

    There are 12 stops around our hamlet that have info on the past. Maps are available inside the museum.

  • Books, Snacks and Drinks

    A small number of gift items to buy as well as water, pop, small bags and chip available for munching around the hamlet.

Come Visit Us!

Contact Info

We are volunteer run and appreciate your donations.

This valley was part of the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

117 Main Street, Rosebud, AB  T0J 2T0

+1 403-820-2870

Wed. Thurs. Sun. 10:30am to 6:00pm
Fri. Sat. 10:30am-1:30, 5:00-8:00pm or book an appointment! 

We'd love to hear from you

Let us know what you wonder.

Applications for the board or committees, gratefully solicited.

We, as volunteers will research and refer to find answers to honestly submitted questions.
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