Oil Sands Discovery Centre
NOTICE: Admission increase
On September 2, 2014 admission fees will increase at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre. The cost of purchasing annual passes will also increase. Find out more on the Admission and Hours page.
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
The Centre is a provincial facility operated by
Alberta Culture, 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.
Families! Join the Centre for the Discovery Lab every weekend. This month's theme is The Five Senses!
Click here for more information.
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: August 26, 2014