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, Historic Sites and Museums Branch.
Admission to the Centre includes:

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

See the daily schedule here
The Centre offers educational programs, public programs, and special events year round. Check out our educational programs for school groups, child/youth programs and group booking opportunities.

Families! Join the Centre for the Discovery Lab every weekend. This month's theme is Light and Colour! Click here for more information.

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 sands separation demonstration video

Alto awardPremier's AwardThe Oil Sands Discovery Centre is an ALTO (Alberta Tourism Awards) Award Winner. The Centre's exhibit redevelopment project is also the recipient of the Premier's Silver Award of Excellence in 2003.

Last reviewed/revised: April 8, 2014
Interpreter leading an educational program Saturday Morning Science!

Interpreter at Oil Sands Discovery Centre

Interpreter with a school group