Bentley Museum Society
Tourism Region: David Thompson Explorer's Trail
This museum is housed in a 1924 farmhouse with an additional agricultural building. The exhibits depict the way of life experienced by the first settlers from 1898 down through the years. The collection is geographically based and displayed with a "touch and use" philosophy.Walking tours of historical Bentley are available. Ten historical plaques have been completed and six more are being made. The heavy metal plaques are engraved with each building's history. The entire staff is volunteer.Bentley is ideally located between Sylvan Lake Provincial Park and Gull Lake Provincial Park.
About the Collections
household,agriculural,medical,athletic,books,photos and cameras,prehistoric,newspapers,typewriters,telephone equipment,general store memorabilia,military artifacts and antique organ.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 3000 plus
newspapers,magazines, photos and books
Cartographic Materials •
Prints and Drawings •
model of village in early days,local art work
Furniture or Furnishings •
Textiles or Tapestries
Costumes and Accessories
Furniture or Furnishings
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints
Medical History and Technology
Military History and Technology
Toys and Games
Earth Science and Geological Collections
Services & Activities
tours,hands on displays,eductational tours.
Dispays at the local Bentley Care Centre and in store window on main street.
Local historian available for research on request.
Archival Records •
Conservation or Restoration •
Genealogical Research •
Information Centre •
Object or Scientific specimen identification
Guided tours of the museum.
Classes or Workshops
: Age 0-4 (Pre-School)
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
: Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary)
Other: Walking tours of Bentley historic sites.
tourist information, tours, coffee, open houses,
Accessible by Public Transportation
Information Centre or Desk
Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens
Reminiscence or Oral History Kits
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
Volunteer Services Available
Number of Volunteers: 10
Activities: tours, housekeeping, research,attending meetings, recording artifacts, preservation of artifacts,computer related activities,local newsletter,displaying artifacts,special requests from the town (Time Capsule for 2005)
voting at annual meetings,
coffee, lunch on special occasions free
Other: serve lunch twice a year at local farmers markets
Publications and Products
Our Centennial Project for 2005 was a 250 page book of vignettes, narrations, photos, poetry and art. This book was written by the volunteers of the Bentley Museum and is available at cost.
Annual Reports •
|Telephone:||4037483943 or 7482455|
Bentley Museum Society
Box 620, Bentley, Alberta
Hours of Operation
By Appointment •
Special open houses for Family Day, August Fair Days, Remembrance Day, Christmas holidays,and other special occasions
Open: 9-5 Wednesday through Sunday from May 24 to Labor Day weekend.
September to May by appointment only
September to May (open by appointment only)
donations gratefully accepted