Oil Sands Discovery Centre
Note: Oil Sands Discovery Centre is closed December 24-26 and January 1
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
The Centre is a provincial facility operated by
Alberta Culture and Tourism, Historic Sites and Museums
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.
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 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: December 8, 2014