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Mirror and District Museum
Mirror , Alberta
Tourism Region: Thompson


Ours is a small community Museum, who's Mission is to collect, preserve, research, exhibit and interpret artifacts which best serve to illustrate the founding, settlement and development of the Village of Mirror and immediate area, from 1880 to the present.

Our collection is comprised mainly of Pioneer settlers and Railway articles and photos, and most of our artifacts have been donated to the Museum over the course of twenty years.

We also own and operate the nearby St. Monica's Church and graveyard surrounding it. The Provincial Historical Branch has declared this property a Historic Site.

The Museum association provides access to the public year round and to the Church by request.


About the Collections
Our Museum collections range from CN and GTP items, such as an actual CN boxcar & caboose, to a 100-year-old church; and church artifacts from three churches,including a bible from the 1800's. We have local antique furniture and tools, photographs, and household items, including stove, cupboard, chairs, table, washers, and cameras. Our Reading Room has an exciting collection of pioneer photos and information from the late 1800's and early 1900's.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 3000


Archives
We have a small archives containing photographs, administrative and private records.
Architectural Records • Manuscripts • Photographs

Decorative Arts
We have a small collection of Musical Instruments from our local Mirror Band (no longer in existance).
Musical Instruments

Fine Arts
We have a few paintings/drawings of places or items of local significance, completed by local artists.
Culture: Canadian : Aboriginal or First Nations
Period: Historical
Media: Painting • Photography • Prints and Drawings
Miscellaneous: Religious Art

Human History
Most of our artifacts are in this category. We have a set of early 1900 maps from the old Gadsby school, a telegraph from the early CN Railway, a collection of Church artifacts from 3 different closed churches, including a magnificent bible from the 1800's, various clocks and watches, a small collection of musical instruments from our former local Band, many articles of furniture and tools from the early 1900's. We also have a couple of early rifles, some local sports trophy's and articles, a couple of stone tools, and fossilized plants and many items from the old CN Railway.
Agriculture • Archaeological Objects • Ceremonial Objects • Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices • Communications Devices • Furniture or Furnishings • Household Objects or Domestic Technology • Imaging : Photographs • Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints • Medals • Musical Instruments • Religious or Liturgical Objects • Sports Equipment • Transportation : Railway • Local History • Weapons

Natural Sciences
A small collection of bird eggs and a few fossilized plant specimens and historical stone tools.
Plants and Animals (Biological Collections) • Paleontological Collections : Fossil Plants (Paleobotany)


Services & Activities
Permanent and temporary exhibits, small specialized library of local pioneer information and photographs, Heritage Day with games, free lunch and parade with antique cars, tractors and teams of horses.

Research Services
Our Reading room has local history books and articles, especially about the early pioneers who lived in the area along with photo albums of many of the events and people from the early 1900's. We assist many people who are searching for their roots or researching their geneology.
Genealogical Research • Library
• Other : We will assist our public to find and provide information on the conservation of their own personal artifact items.

Educational Programs
periodic demonstrations of artifact protection techniques
Demonstrations
• Other : keep posted for further updates

Visitor Services
We are open to the public in the summer months for tours of our exhibits and information.
Guided Tours : English • Accessible by Public Transportation • Information Centre or Desk • Meeting Room Rental • Parking Facilities : Free • Special Needs Facilities : Washrooms : Wheelchair access • Washrooms
• Other Guided Tours: We also provide guided tours through St. Monica's Church. The Church is also available to be booked for special use, such as weddings.

Volunteer Services
Volunteer Services Available • Volunteer Training Offered
Number of volunteers: 12
Activities: Our volunteers perform most of the daily general activities of the museum, such as artifact display and protection, research, financial, clerical, and communication tasks. They also handle the cleanup and maintenance of the museum and assist with our demonstrations to the public.



Member Privileges
Members of the Mirror and District Museum have full free access to the Museum and it's services. They also are priveledged to be part of the voting and decision processes of the museum.

Food Services
We have no food services in the Museum


Publications & Products
We have produced our own brochure, and have Mirror collector pins, postcards and small souveniers for sale in the museum.


Postcards • Brochures • Annual Reports • Commemorative Souvenirs • Other : We also have a magazine, map and brochure section, providing free material to our visitors from many other tourist organizations and places in Alberta.

Hours & Admission


Operation: By Appointment  Seasonal 
Open to the public part of June, and all of July & August and the September long weekend
Special viewings are available by request year round.
Open: Our Seasonal Hours are:
Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 6pm
Sunday 1pm to 5pm
Closed on Mondays
Closed: • Mondays 
We are closed on Mondays during our open season
Our Museum is closed September-May (except by appointment)
Admission: Free
admission is by donation


Address
Mirror and District Museum
4910 - 53 Street,  Mirror,  Alberta 
T0B 3C0
Telephone:   1-403-788-3828
Fax:   403 788-3828

E-mail: mmuseum@telus.net

Mailing Address:
Mirror and District Museum
PO Box 246 , Mirror , Alberta
T0B 3C0

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Last updated: 2010 02 13