Cranbrook History Centre is at 57 Van Horne St. S. (Hwy. 3/95). The museum restores and preserves vintage Canadian Pacific Railway passenger train sets, including cars from the luxury Trans-Canada Limited. The lifestyle of rail travel is reflected in trains from 1880 to 1955, including cars of state, business and royalty. On display are a model railway, the Cranbrook Centennial Quilt, the 1864 Broadwood grand piano display room and the train restoration display. Also inside is the Cranbrook Museum, which features exhibits about life in the 1800s and First Nations history as well as 500-million-year-old trilobites.
On the grounds is the original three-story café from the Canadian Pacific Railway's Royal Alexandra Hotel of Winnipeg. Several guided tours, ranging from 15 to 35 minutes in length, are available and can be taken in various combinations. The 90-minute Grand Tour includes 17 railcars.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.