Holden Historical Society Museum

The Holden Historical Society Museum (Holden Museum)is housed in the original 1911 Holden town office and fire hall complete with a jail cell. This community-based museum contains artifacts depicting early life in Holden including a pioneer kitchen, general store and pump organs. Also featured is an HO scale model of main street Holden in 1909-1911. Recent exhibits include visitor experience with a working Telegraph system of the early 1900s, operating Shortwave Radio, WW 1 McCloskey Medals, Climate Change Forum, early radios from 1920s, Battleford Trail/Dominion Telegraph information wall, Piche oven and more . Open Mid-May to early September.

Holden Historical Society Museum welcomes visitors to share the community history of Holden and area. In 1991 the Holden Museum was established on the main floor of the current 1911 building. Visitors will experience a pioneer kitchen, an outdoor Piche oven, general store, church, schoolroom, barbershop, jail , Interactive Displays and a parlour full of beautiful handcrafted items.

Visit the scaled HO miniature model of 1909 Holden Main Street, which depicts the community as it actually was in 1909 - 1911.
The miniature Village was built in 2009 to celebrate Holden's Centennial. Two dedicated volunteers brought this vision into reality. Initially, it took them well over 4,000 hours to build, with many more hours spent on additions such as a Grist Mill, Steam Engine complete with decals and fittings, and a Case Steam Tractor consisting of 100 parts.
Every building in the model is historically correct in detail, using the information found in photos, newspapers and other research. Enjoy a trip to the rail yards, passenger train station and elevator as they were in the 'olden days.
Visitors can look straight down Main Street and get a feeling of what early Holden was like. Imagine walking down the boardwalks, look into some of the business windows at merchandise, and see people going about their daily lives. Don't miss this truly unique experience. A visit to the miniature village will enhance your appreciation and understanding of the artifacts displayed throughout the museum.

We recently acquired the United Church next door and will be expanding the museum in 2024.

Hours and Admission:

The Museum is open from Mid-May to Early Septemeber.

Summer hours are:
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.

Extra hours may be added for special local events, such as Farmer's Day.

Open by appointment anytime, including off-season.

Admission by suggested donation of $5.00

Address: 4928 - 50 Avenue, Holden, Alberta, Canada
Phone Number: (780) 688-3593 or (780) 878-8072