Rosebud and District Centennial Museum

In 1883 the Rosebud, Redland and Beynon valleys were considered prime grazing for the horse, cattle and sheep ranchers stepping off the Canadian Pacific Railroad hub in nearby Gleichen. Cree and Blackfoot people helped name the valley for its banks of wild roses in early June. Some of them became cowboys and were the first to be employed to round up and brand stock and helped the settlers who came shortly after. Soon the Canadian Northern Railroad required workers and coal miners; then grain buyers, storekeepers, banks and other merchants invested in the community as the farmers put down their roots. Churches sprang up along with community sports and suppers, dances and rodeos to liven any free time they could spare. We exist to tell these stories

Examine the water colours and drawings of Ray W. Salt, famous birding author and U of A anatomy professor but also Rosebud's high school principal in the 1920s and 1930s. Explore the stories of Jack and Darcy Morton and others of Calgary Stampede fame. Wonder at the turn of the century tool collections, as well as the 1920-30s parlour and bedroom that help feed your imaginings of the trials and pleasures of early life on the prairie. Examine the photos of Harry Palmer especially highlighting the prairie grain elevator display. Marvel at one women's collection of over a thousand pairs of salt and pepper shakers

Our staff will help find local histories in our book collection, sell you treats, memorabilia and cold beverages. You can even sit down and play a game of Crib or crokinole. If you are taking in a concert or a play at the Rosebud Theatre or wandering the artisan markets, remember to book extra time to linger around the museum. You can also pick up a brochure to enhance your understanding of the Historical Walking Tour. 

Hours and Admission:

July and August: Wednesdays - Sundays 10:30 am - 1:30 pm & 4:00 - 8:00pm 

The rest of the year: 2.5 hours before the main stage show of Rosebud Theatre. Please check their website for dates

Admission by donation.

Address: 117 Main St, Rosebud, Alberta, Canada T0J 2T0
Directions: Located right across from Rosebud Theatre. 33 minutes SE of Drumheller, just off of Highway 840.

Phone Number: (403) 677-2601
Phone Number: (403) 820-2870