We tell great stories

If you're wondering how Creston, BC came to be what it is today, you've come to the right place. From the forestry, mining, and agriculture of the pioneer years; to the people who continue to build our communities today; and the connections between Creston and the rest of the Kootenays - if you've got questions, we've got answers.
We can explain how Creston got its wacky time zone. We can tell you about the steamship that became a tractor (sort of), the first airplane to land in Creston, and the teacher who refused to be fired. Speaking of "great" stories, there's "The Great Railway Race" and the "Great Creston Bank Robbery." And have you heard the one about the imaginary student in Grade Thirteen?
Really, we're not making this up. Why would we? Truth is so much better than fiction. We can even help you tell the greatest story of all: your own.
So come on in. After all, there's no time like the present to discover the past.
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Summer Hours:

  • Sunday: 10:00-4:00
  • Monday: 10:00-4:00
  • Tuesday: 10:00-4:00
  • Wednesday: 10:00-4:00
  • Thursday: 10:00-4:00
  • Friday: 10:00-4:00
  • Saturday: 10:00-4:00

May 19 - August 31: Open 10:00 - 4:00 daily!

Coming Up:

History About Town Week - July 15-20, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM daily: There's a lot more to local history than just what's on display at the Museum! Join us for walking tours downtown, in local cemeteries, and even at the grain elevators! Full schedule and sign-up here...

Pioneer Camp and Junior Curators' Club -  Our week-long Kids' Camps are back! Read more about Pioneer Camp, August 6-10, for kids 5-8, and Junior Curators Club, August 20-24 for kids ages 8-12!

Explore Our History

COllis harrowLying at the foot of the Skimmerhorn, the Creston Valley in British Columbia, Canada, is a unique geological region between the Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges. The wide valley is a flood plain of the Purcell Trench that is divided by the Kootenay River—which runs from Banff and Yoho National Parks and winds its way through Fort Steele into northern Idaho—where it turns north at Bonner’s Ferry and makes it way down the Creston valley into the magnificent Kootenay Lake before forming its west arm at Nelson and descending rapidly into the Columbia River at Castlegar. This rich valley that was created 12,000 years ago by the melting of glaciers was originally populated by the Ktunaxa people.
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