Our Municipality has two excellent museums....

Hart-Cam Museum  &  The Elgin Museum

Hart-Cam Museum

310 Poplar Street

Visit The Past At The Hart-Cam MuseumMuseum

Our beautiful museum is the way it is through the effort of volunteers and the people of Hartney, and surrounding area.

All items in the museum have been either loaned or donated by the generous people amongst us.

If you would like to contribute in any way, stop by or call one of the following:

Pat Phillips: (204) 858-2127
Eleanor Vandusen: (204) 858-2064

The Building

This two-storey brick and stone building in Hartney was erected in 1902 by local mason James McArter for merchant brothers A. E. Hill and W. H. B. Hill. It operated as a general store until 1983. The building sat vacant until 1995 when the McBrien family converted it into a restaurant, bakery and gift shop. It closed in 1999 and a group of local citizens turned the building into a community museum.

A smaller two-storey brick building beside the Hill Building, known as the Lewis Building, was constructed in 1902 as a home for the Hartney Star newspaper. Operated by Walpole Murdoch and F. G. Lewis, the structure later housed a bank, telephone office, post office, and liquor store.

Hart-Cam Museum
308 Poplar Street
Hartney MB  R0M 0X0

Region: Western
Primary Phone: 204-858-2590

Email: Email Now
Website: http://www.hartney.ca/main.asp?id_menu=62&parent_id=57

Admission: Information Not Available

Regular Hours:
July and August

Off Season Hours:
By appointment

About the Museum:

The Hart-Cam Museum specializes in pre-settlement history and houses early history relics of the community.

The Elgin Museum

Elgin & District Historical Museum Inc. 

Visit the Elgin Historical Museum housed in the 1903 Canadian Bank of Commerce Building on Main Street, Highway #23.

There you will find the Military Memorial, a large collection of military pictures, uniforms and artifacts from World War I and II, as well as information of service men and women from the district.

Inside the museum you will find; aboriginal display, period clothing, early 1900’s home setting, sports uniforms, school display, history book from many districts, artifacts from former Elgin businesses, extensive photo display, minute and record books from many organizations and an indexed collection of clippings from Elgin Newspapers 1900-1931.

Stoll the grounds around the museum, there you will find a replica sod house, a 1948 snowplane, working windmill, collection of vintage from machinery, tools and railway artifacts.

The museum is open every weekend in July and August or by appointment.


The Building

Built in 1904, this bank building in the village of Elgin in the Municipality of Grassland was originally two storeys high, providing accommodation for the bank manager on its second floor, which was removed in the 1950s.

The Elgin Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is representative of the functional bank branches established in rural service centres across the Prairies in the early 1900s. The building's prominent corner location, solid brick construction, restrained detailing and well-lit banking hall were typical of the features employed by chartered banks to woo customers and convey an image of quiet corporate strength and reliability. As the village's only bank, the CIBC held an important place in the financial life of local residents and surrounding farm community until its closure in 1995. It is now the only structure that remains from the many commercial buildings erected in Elgin's business district in the early twentieth century.

Photo from the Municipality of Grassland Collection