About the Centre
“Sharing the Oil Sands Experience”
Provide a unique and memorable experience that inspires a lifelong interest in science and technology.
The Centre opened in 1985 as
the Fort McMurray Oil Sands Interpretive Centre, and in September
2002, the redeveloped exhibit hall was opened. It was created through
donations by private companies, individuals, and the Alberta Government,
and by the hard work, dedication, and vision of advisory and fund
raising committees and the former Friends of the Oil Sands Discovery
Admission to the Centre includes:
"Oil Sands" film
A 10 minute introductory film on the history and development of Alberta’s Oil Sands. Available at scheduled times in the Robert Fitzsimmons Theatre.
Dr. Karl A. Clark Exhibit Hall
Learn about the history, science, and technology of the oil sands through
interactive displays. Don’t forget to visit the 150 tonne heavy hauler
Hot Water Extraction Demonstration
OSDC interpreters show how bitumen is separated from the oil sands
in this 10-minute live presentation.
“Quest for Energy” film
A 16-minute film that introduces you to the geology, history, mining,
and extraction processes of the Athabasca Oil Sands.
“Pay Dirt – Alberta’s Oil Sands: Centuries in the Making” film
A 45-minute film that portrays the history and development of the oil
sands in Alberta.
Oil Sands Discovery Centre Daily Schedule (PD (PDF -186 KB)
Industrial Equipment Garden and Bucketwheel
Exhibit (Closed during winter)
This outdoor display area features mining equipment that was once used
in the oil sands mining industry. “Cyrus,” the 850 tonne bucketwheel
excavator, is one of the largest land based artifacts in Canada.
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.
The Discovery Shop
The Discovery Shop is operated by Fort McMurray Tourism and is open during regular Visitor Information Centre hours. Please contact Fort McMurray Tourism for more information at 780-791-4336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last reviewed/revised: February 14, 2017