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Museums & Historic Sites Culture, Heritage & Arts

Alberta’s heritage is really old, but never dull. From the days when triceratops roamed, to Indigenous sites older than Stonehenge, to the first railway boom and onward, there’s plenty of history to uncover. Choose between hundreds of museums and interactive historic sites. • Only here: Find one of the largest collections of complete dinosaur skeletons in the world at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. • Curious: Wander around big-city museums like Calgary’s Glenbow and Edmonton’s Royal Alberta Museum. They have a local perspective on exhibits that’ll pique your curiosity about Canada’s history. 

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Trochu and District Museum

Trochu, Alberta
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Trochu and District Museum celebrates the history and culture of a small prairie town that was started by French cavalrymen led by Armand Trochu. An influx of British, Finnish, German and Chinese settlers added to this multicultural community. Exhibits also feature history of farming, coal mining, schools, St. Mary's hospital and convent, the world wars, sports, and a 2010 Vancouver Olympics podium. It also has an archives (history books, newspapers, school registers, etc.) to search your family roots and serves as a Visitor Information Centre. Murals and historical markers can be found around downtown Trochu and along walking paths.

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Camrose Railway Station Museum Archives and Station Cafe

Camrose, Alberta
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Located in the town's heritage district, the Camrose Railway Station and Park offers visitors the opportunity to explore an original 1911 CN Railway Depot. Wander through the displays in the bunkhouse, stop by the watchman's shed, view historical pictures of Camrose in the Sparling Centre and take a stroll through the picturesque gardens. The family friendly museum, which also features a gift store and tea room, is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday between the May long weekend and the last Saturday in August, as well as by appointment throughout the remainder of the year.

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Museum of Miniatures

Nanton, Alberta
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For magical memories come to Nanton and experience the Old West at the Museum of Miniatures. Stroll through time while you visit miniature historical native villages, active western towns, farming, and logging communities. You'll also explore vivid miniature displays that include: wildlife scenes, a circus, African jungle animals, prehistoric animals, and fossils. Also included are over 160 top quality scale model cars, plus loads of pictures, sculptures, and artifacts. We are wheelchair friendly and have a wonderful gift shop. Open daily May 1 until September 30 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (corner of #2 Hwy South and 19th Street)

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