The Fort Ostell Museum is located in Ponoka, Alberta and it collects, conserves, and researches the unique story of Ponoka’s history including topics like the early natives, Fort Ostell, experiences of the settlers, and the care of the mentally ill in Alberta. The museum has a collection of 1000 artifacts consists of artifacts from the surrounding area which helps to tell the story of Ponoka area. The collection consists of agricultural and household objects of the early pioneers and natives from the late 1800s to the present. On display Fort Ostell Musuem exhibits a sleigh, nursing, creamery, Fort Ostell, World War display, and a bridal display. Founding in 1967 the name of the museum comes from the original Fort Ostell that was built near Ponoka in 1885 during the Riel rebellion. While the original Fort Ostell building is not standing the museum houses the history and original flag that flew over the fort. The museum is a site to learn about local pioneer and native artifacts. Allowing visitors to explore documents from the Ponoka hospital which was a former mental health institute. Additionally, Fort Ostell houses the history of Ponoka’s origins as a Hudson Bay trading centre and later its development as an agricultural settlement.
Fort Ostell Museum
5320 - 54 Street
Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm
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For additional information, please visit the Fort Ostell Museum website.