Fort Ostell Museum

The Fort Ostell Museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage of Ponoka, and the Treatment and Care of the Mentally Ill in Alberta

5320-54 Street Ponoka, Alberta Canada T4J 1L9
Located at the North end of Centennial Park, Ponoka, just off highway 2A.
Phone Number:
(403) 783-5224

Student Nurses at Provincial Mental Hospital (image copyright Fort Ostell Museum)

Dedicated to the Pioneers of the Ponoka Area. Population in 1901 was 256 residents and by June 14th the population was over 300.  The surrounding farm area boasted over 1000 residents. Ponoka received official town status on October15, 1904. 1911 saw the completion of the main building for the Insane Asylum and the arrival of the first 164 patients. The Mental Hospital became the focal point for much of the economic development which the community enjoyed and today, The Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury continues to be a very important part of the community and its progress.

View displays of pioneers, native artefacts and photos.  Also on display is the Alberta Hospital Collection, “Care and Treatment of the Mentally Ill in Alberta”.

Hours and Admission:

May 24th – September 2nd
Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


$3.00 – Adults
$1.00 – Children
$5.00 – Family

Last modified on June 4, 2020  by Unlock the Past with Central Alberta Regional Museum Network

Category: Museum