Museum Site Map
"Preserve the Past ~ For the Future"
Operating since 1967
Centennial Museum is the largest, and one of the working, steam powered
farm equipment museum in Alberta. The museum started as a hobby of Ted McLean, who
had a deep-seated love for the steam engine. This interest prompted him to start collecting
old farm machinery and to restore them to their original operating condition. The first
open house was in Canada's Centennial Year, 1967. With the help of many neighbours
from the surrounding community, what started out as a threshing demonstration turned
out to be the first Pioneer Day. A sawmill demonstration, home-made ice cream making,
grinding of flour, and the operation of various vintage tractors were held.
Since 1974 the museum has seen extensive development. The collection has grown to the
point where 15 buildings are required to house the displays. Buildings such as Circle Bank
Hall and the Two Rivers School are historic structures that have been moved to the site
for display. The Foster's Pioneer Grain Elevator is the latest item to be added and restoration is in progress. The museum is open daily through the summer months, but Pioneer Days are very special as it features all the working steam-powered equipment, antique cars and trucks, and musical entertainment in keeping with the agricultural theme.
The museum is conveniently located off Highway 43, 2 Km. north of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada.
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