Fort McMurray Oil Sands Discovery Centre

The Fort McMurray Oil Sands Discovery Centre is a museum in Alberta that showcases the history of oil sands development and the local communities that have been shaped by it.

At the Fort McMurray Oil Sands Discovery Centre, Alberta, visitors can explore the history and science behind Alberta’s oil sands. The centre offers interactive exhibits, displays and hands-on activities to help visitors learn about the oil sands’ history, geology and technology.

Visitors can take a guided tour through the centre, beginning in the Discovery Hall, which offers a visual overview of the history and science of the oil sands. There are also interactive displays and artifacts, including a replica of an old-style mining camp. In the Discovery Theatre, visitors can learn about the oil sands’ environmental impact and watch a 3D movie about the oil sands.

In the DrillWell Lab, visitors can explore the different drilling technologies used to extract oil from the ground. There is also a kids’ area, where children can play games, explore exhibits and complete puzzles.

Outside, visitors can explore the Oil Sands Exploration Trail, which features interactive displays, animatronics and a replica of a drilling rig. The centre also has a gift shop where visitors can purchase souvenirs and educational materials.

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Facilities at Fort McMurray Oil Sands Discovery Centre

  • Interactive exhibits about the history and science of oil sands
  • Educational programs for all ages
  • Access to a public observation deck
  • Gift shop with locally-made products
  • Café with light refreshments
  • Access to the Energy Interpretive Centre
  • High-definition films about the oil sands
  • Guided tours of the exhibition hall
  • Outdoor terrace with views of the Athabasca River
  • Special events and programs throughout the year