Fort Ostell Museum

Dedicated to the Pioneers of the Ponoka Area. Population in 1901 was 256 residents and by June 14th the population was over 300.  The surrounding farm area boasted over 1000 residents. Ponoka received official town status on October 15, 1904. 1911 saw the completion of the main building for the Insane Asylum and the arrival of the first 164 patients. The Mental Hospital became the focal point for much of the economic development which the community enjoyed and today, The Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury continues to be a very important part of the community and its progress.

View displays of pioneers, native artifacts, and photos. Also on display is the Alberta Hospital Collection, “Care and Treatment of the Mentally Ill in Alberta”.

Hours and Admission:

May to September
Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
October to May
Tuesday - Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


$3.00 - Adults
$1.00 - Children
$5.00 - Family

The Fort Ostell Museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage of Ponoka, and the Treatment and Care of the Mentally Ill in Alberta.

Address: 5320 54 St, Ponoka, Alberta, Canada T4J 1L9
Directions: Located at the North end of Centennial Park, Ponoka, just off Highway 2A.
Phone Number: (403) 783-5224