The Fort Ostell Museum runs from the Victoria Day long weekend in May until the Labour Day long weekend in September each year. The museum’s name comes from the original Fort Ostell that was built near Ponoka in 1885 during the Riel rebellion.
The Fort Ostell Museum displays many local area pioneer and Indigenous artifacts and photos. In 2004, as part of Ponoka’s Centennial, the museum brought back from storage the "Alberta Mental Hospital Museum” collection. This collection is unique as few collections of mental hospitals exist in Canada. The collection of artifacts and archival material from 1911 to the present is now on display and has become the "History of the Care of the Mentally Ill” in Alberta.
For more information on opening hours and services provided at the Fort Ostell Museum, please visit its website.