Over 75 feature films, major television productions and commercials have been produced in Drumheller and surrounding region. You may recognize a few of them: titles such as The Revenant, Brokeback Mountain, the 1978 version of Superman, Unforgiven, Shanghai Noon, and Rat Race were all partially shot in the Drumheller region. Our otherworldly scenery lends itself well to sci-fi, horror and of course, Westerns. You’ve likely seen Drumheller scenery in movies that took place in areas such as Afghanistan, Mexico, Israel, Alaska and planets such as Mars.
As Michael Mongold, co-owner of Trekcetera Museum points out, the unique atmosphere and scenery of the region, along with its closeness to Calgary make Drumheller a hot-spot for movie makers.
“It’s easy to fly into Calgary with your crew and then drive out.” says Mongold. “It looks completely alien.”
In his own words, Mongold is the guy in the museum who has to talk about everything. He is often approached by location scouts for productions, making him one of the guys to talk to when you want to find out more about Drumheller’s history as a small filming hub. And having worked in the American film industry, his four years at Trekcetera Museum have included dishing plenty of cool film stories he’s picked up over the years while showing off the museum’s collection of pop culture memorabilia. Drumheller has a storied relationship with film and nothing represents or proudly displays this relationship more than the Trekcetera Museum itself. The museum is a unique experience that blends major motion picture history with the lure of the Canadian Badlands and a healthy dose of sci-fi to boot. It’s everything from the Wild West to the Final Frontier, boldly going where no museum has gone before. Packed to the rafters with plenty of vintage artifacts, memorabilia, costumes, props and set pieces from the Star Trek universe, films like Men in Black, Harry Potter, Superman, and TV shows such as Hell on Wheels and the Magnificent Seven. While the museum holds artifacts from all sorts of movies and TV shows (as well as historical events), they hold an enviable number of artifacts from Alberta-filmed productions. Mongold’s approach involves telling stories about nearby filming locations while showing you the props that were used in that movie.