Our Story

Alberta's Foremost Energy Science Museum

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Our Goal

We strive to be Alberta's foremost energy science museum, where we can engage guests of all ages in the diversity, complexity, and history of Canada's energy sector through sustainable, responsible, and educational experiences.

Our History

No one was expecting history to be made on a chilly day in February 1947, when Mike Turtas farm land gave birth to the modern energy sector.

After drilling 133 dry wells, members of the drilling crew expected this well would also fail to yield. In fact, Imperial Oil was about to give up, but the company desperately needed to discover new sources of crude oil if its refineries were to operate profitably and the company directors were so disappointed with the lack of success that they were seriously considering manufacturing synthetic gasoline from natural gas. After so much failure, few people were willing to listen to chief Geologist Ted Link, who advocated for drilling near Leduc, Alberta. After hours of debate, Imperial gave in and agreed to drill one last well: The Leduc #1.

Not even the geologists predicted the amount of success and prosperity that the Leduc #1 would bring. The enormous amount of clear, light crude that erupted from the well on February 13th, 1947 changed the energy sector of Canada forever.

In the years since the discovery at Leduc #1, oil has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives. From the clothes we wear, to the cars we drive. As the energy sector grows and diversifies, Alberta is still at the forefront of the energy sector. A visit to the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre is a visit to the past, the present, and the future of our energy industry; taking you from 365 million years ago, to the future of our world in energy.