Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums

Oil Sands Discovery Centre

The Oil Sands Discovery Centre in Fort McMurray is located in the heart of the world's biggest single oil deposit - the Athabasca Oil Sands. The Centre is an educational facility committed to increasing public awareness and knowledge about the oil sands. Come to the Oil Sands Discovery Centre and experience the history, science, and technology of the oil sands. It’s the closest you can get without boots and a hard hat!
The Centre is a provincial facility operated by Alberta Culture and Tourism, Historic Sites and Museums Branch.

Admission to the Centre includes:

  • Exhibit Hall
  • "Oil Sands" film
  • Oil Sands Extraction Demonstration
  • “Quest for Energy” film
  • “Pay Dirt – Alberta’s Oil Sands: Centuries in the Making” film

Oil Sands Discovery Centre Daily Schedule (PDF - 186 KB)

The Centre offers educational programs, public programs, and special events year round. Check out our educational programs for school groups, and group booking opportunities.

Want to know more about the oil sands? Please see this list of resources.

Alberta's oil sands story

Discover the Alberta's Oil Sands story at the Government of Alberta's website - facts and figures, Alberta's clean energy future, research and innovation, rules, reports and regulations, and current news.

Oil Sand Separation Demonstration

Oil Sands Discovery Centre

Last reviewed/revised: July 25, 2017
Interpreter at Oil Sands Discovery Centre

Interpreter with a school group

Energy Resources Heritage Website