Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums

Oil Sands Discovery Centre

Welcome Fort McMurray Tourism to the Oil Sands Discovery Centre!

Alberta Culture and Fort McMurray Tourism (FMT) are pleased to partner on a new service model that will see FMT working with Alberta Culture to operate visitor information services at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre and to support the Centre’s unique programming.

The 20-year agreement, signed in the summer of 2013, took effect when Fort McMurray Tourism relocated its staff and business activities to the Oil Sands Discovery Centre in April 2014. The Centre has been expanded to accommodate the addition of a visitor information centre and work space for Tourism staff with the cost of renovations shared between Fort McMurray Tourism and the Alberta government. Under the agreement, Fort McMurray Tourism will provide tourism information services as well as oversee and manage operations and programming at the Centre.

News release announcing the new relationship

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.

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: October 14, 2014

Interpreter at Oil Sands Discovery Centre

Interpreter with a school group

Energy Resources Heritage Website