The Swift Current Museum is going to be opening the archive vault for a limited time this Friday. 

The vault is normally kept secured, protecting the various historical archives and artifacts collected from Swift Current's past. For one afternoon, lucky individuals will be able to tour the vault, and the rest of the archives, to get a rare chance to experience history preserved. 

Running the show is the Director of Cultural and Aquatic Services for the City of Swift Current, Melissa Shaw. 

"The archives talk about individual records of organizations, and significant historical documents that have been kept in safe keeping," said Shaw. "But while we're down there, we're also going to offer a tour of our general collection."

The tours will be a one-day-only event, with interested groups and individuals asked to please reach out beforehand. Tours themselves will be open to small groups and will last 30-45 minutes. 

"I think [the tours are] so important because people forget that the museum is a place that gets to hold the knowledge for our community," said Shaw. "This is a great way for the community to come and see some of the items and talk with William Shepherd, our collections officer, who's going to be helping provide information to people during the tours."

The basement is not wheelchair accessible, and anyone attending will need to be able to navigate the stairs. 

If you would like to sign up, please contact the Swift Current Museum by calling 306-778-2775.

"There's not a ton of room down there," said Shaw. "But if someone is interested in booking a tour for a whole class, they can give us a shout and we would be happy to make those arrangements."