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“Really very interesting!”

Cranbrook History Centre
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Cranbrook
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum houses the TransCanada Limited, a 1929 luxury train, as well as many other restored Canadian trains.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

Saw this as we went through town. Once we decided to stay, we wanted something to do and found this! Knew husband would like it and I thought I might too.

Well I did! We took the 3 part tour which sounds daunting at first as they describe it. But it was very interesting. Guides took us through lots of train cars ranging from early 1900s to 1970s. Some have been restored and some were in various stages of restoration.

This must have been such an elegant way to travel across Canada ! Inlaid wood that had been covered with horrible green paint was restored to its gleaming glory. Stained glass, beveled glass, and lovely China service in some.

The whole tour might be a bit long for children but for us, it was perfect.

Then take in the fully restored cafe from a railroad hotel ( so sorry, can't recall name) in Winnipeg now used for events. And you can't miss the gigantic fireplace from same in the lobby.

Downstairs is a mix of paleontology, history of the town exhibits and a room with more del trains that run on elaborate tracks representing the region. Really beautifully done.

The museum does an incredible job of finding, acquiring, and restoring these cars and interiors.

Our guides were excellent.

If you love trains, history, beautiful woodwork restoration, or dreaming about past days of elegance-GO SEE THIS!!!

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Reviewed September 9, 2017

We didn't take the paid train tour, and that might upgrade our review. The building's furnishings and furniture are beautiful! We enjoyed the luxury. The history part of the museum was mostly panels with information; would be nice to have a little video instead. Definitely worth the stop, and it seems the paid tour would have included more info about the history of the railroad. We've been to so many railroad museums we didn't want to spend the money, but in retrospect, it might have been worth it, especially when the whole area was engulfed in smoke and there was nothing to do outdoors.

Thank Kathleen J
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Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

We have visted a number of times and always enjoyed the experience. Many times just the Royal Alexandra Hall (a real heritage piece) and we like to let our out of town friends know about the Museum so they can enjoy the train heritage as well. There is also an amazing quilt that depicts our local history that was created by a local group of quilters.

Thank Walter-Marilyn G
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Reviewed September 2, 2017

There is one major attractions at the Cranbrook Museum of Rail Travel. Most importantly, they have a large number of well-preserved card from various Canadian Pacific luxury trains from around 1900 through 1950. You are given a guided tour of the train cars and get to see what rail travel was like in past years, especially for people of means. The variety is fascinating, and the guide was able to add lots of background information and answer most questions. For anyone interested in rail travel, this museum is fantastic!

Thank david7031
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Reviewed August 2, 2017

To find a museum of this caliber in a city as mid-size as Cranbrook is truly astonishing. It is well worth your time to devote a few hours to this place. It is free (by donation) to visit most of the museum's displays (which is VERY rare), and the gift shop is very nice. Be sure to see the Princess Alexandra Hall and read about its history. How remarkable that this room from Winnipeg was saved and moved to Cranbrook! And it is well worth it to pay to have a guided tour of the museum's collection of old passenger train carriages. This is the only museum in Canada to feature restored luxury (sleeper) train carriages -- and others in various states of restoration. So come see how "the other half" lived and traveled at the beginning of the 20th Century!

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