Wetaskiwin's Main Street Museum
In 1986, a group of Wetaskiwin volunteers received an edict from city council to form a museum society for the purpose of opening a local history Museum. First located at the Water Works Building, the Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum made the Star Store on Main Street its permanent home in 2005.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT: The Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum provides for the exhibition and preservation of artefacts in order to unite with the local community through history, culture, events, and education.
Moving Forward with History
The Heritage Museum, located in the heart of Wetaskiwin's historic downtown, has been preserving local history since 1986. The museum currently offers three floors of exhibits relating to everything from First Nations' history to the War Years! Learn about Wetaskiwin's early businesses, read about the extraordinary Women of Aspenland, see an authentic tipi, and have a glimpse of life on a Hutterite colony. And now you can explore local history through modern technology. Find out more by visiting the Heritage Museum today!
The Star Store
In 1903, John West built a two story brick building west of the site of his old store, The Pioneer Store. The Star Trading Co. General Store opened in November. It became better known as the Star Store, operated by E.D. McLaughlin, W.W. Sharpe & R.B. Price.
The Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum has a replica star painted on the side of its building, commemorating the star used on the Star Trading Co. General Store and later, the Montgomery Store. Visit the museum today for the full history!