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Cranbrook History Centre

Closed Now: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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Beautiful trains

Go on the restored trains tour — fascinating! Don was a terrific, well-informed guide, even with... read more

Reviewed June 9, 2018
blush48
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Richmond, Virginia
Delightful Train

Amazing to see the dining room from the Royal Alexander Hotel from Winnipeg. Well done. The... read more

Reviewed June 5, 2018
Sher L
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Vancouver, Canada
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This museum houses the TransCanada Limited, a 1929 luxury train, as well as many other restored Canadian trains.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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57 Van Horne Street, Cranbrook, British Columbia V1C 1Y7, Canada
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+1 250-489-3918
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Reviewed June 9, 2018

Go on the restored trains tour — fascinating! Don was a terrific, well-informed guide, even with all the questions I thRev at him

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed June 5, 2018

Amazing to see the dining room from the Royal Alexander Hotel from Winnipeg. Well done. The restored 1929 train was fantastic - so nice to see such a deluxe coach. Great comparison to the other ordinary coaches. Guide was excellent and really knew the history...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed March 6, 2018 via mobile

You might not think you'd be interested in trains but the tour will put a context to the rail cars they have and being able to see the fine details of bygone era is just great. Something that the city of Cranbrook should be rightly...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Phillip V
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Get yourself to the Cranbrook History Museum! The CHM invites you to one of the world's best train travel museums. This place has train cars and a ballroom used by Royalty, Prime Minister's and Presidents. Stay for an hour or come back many times. Family...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank DavidBSavage
Reviewed February 27, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I just had our wedding at the history center in their Royal Alexandra Hall. (Feb. 2018) The hall is stunning, no decorating required! The staff accomodated every need we had and even set the tables and chairs up where we wanted them....More

Date of experience: February 2018
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CbkHistoryCentre, Manager at Cranbrook History Centre, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2018

Thank you so much feedback. We try very hard to make each and every wedding a top notch experience that decreases the stress for the Bride and Groom on their special day. Our goal is to treat each wedding as special as if it was...More

Reviewed December 21, 2017 via mobile

We took our 8 children (ages 4-14) to this while on holiday! Don was our tour guide as we went through the grand railway tour! He knew so much and was willing to admit when he didn't. The railcars were amazing!!! Since leaving our kids...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed December 13, 2017

We visited the History Centre on Dec 9th and had a fascinating tour of the train cars in various stages of reconstruction. Don was our guide and he was extremely knowledgeable and very passionate. Highly recommend you take all 3 tours (this comment will make...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Craig B
CbkHistoryCentre, Manager at Cranbrook History Centre, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2017

Thank you for the kind words. And yes, Don is an AMAZING Tour Guide!!!! He is very personable and outgoing and knows alot about the trains! We are happy to hear you had a great experience. Tammy Morgan Executive Director

Reviewed November 22, 2017 via mobile

I never thought that going to a museum could be so much fun and so interesting. From playing with the model trains inside to going outside and taking the one and a half hour tour of all the cars that they are restoring. Our guide...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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CbkHistoryCentre, Manager at Cranbrook History Centre, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2017

Thank you so much for your kind response. The Model Railway is a stunning piece of work and you are right ... the best response in many of our cars is WOW!!!!! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience!!!

Reviewed November 10, 2017

This has a great collection of actual rail cars from differnt eras and some local history of Cranbrook. For kids there are working model trains set up that are vistor activated.

Date of experience: August 2017
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CbkHistoryCentre, Manager at Cranbrook History Centre, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2017

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience. The Train Cars are our pride and joy, and represent so many pieces of our railway history.

Reviewed October 21, 2017

If a person has any interest in rail travel this is a "must see." There's an impressive collection of restored passenger cars that illustrates the way in which travelling by rail changed over the decades. There's several tours to choose from, but take the time...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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gailv231
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Response from Debbie P | Reviewed this property |
Yes but limited hours
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Lois M
June 25, 2016|
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Response from mjhullah | Reviewed this property |
They offer three levels of tour from 1-2 hours. Also allow time for the station museum.
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