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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. 

Leighton Art Centre is where art and nature come together in Southern Alberta’s Foothills. More than just a unique historic home once owned by a pair of renowned artists, it's a vibrant and open space for creativity, inspiring all who visit to explore, appreciate and create. In 2012, Barbara Leighton - a woman who lived and unconventional life and the Centre's founder - was posthumously honoured as one of '100 Outstanding Albertans' in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. Her legacy is a beautiful one indeed.

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McAlister Motors Museum

Big Valley, Alberta

McAlister's Motors houses many interesting artifacts as well as vintage autos and tractors. In 1932, Bert McAlister purchased the land on Railway Avenue where McAlister Motors now sits. The same year, he purchased and moved the Fraser's Men's Wear Shop building from its Main Street location to the land. This was the start of McAlister Motors, a garage and Ford dealership. Over the years, the building continued to be used as a garage and then as a base for a trucking firm.

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Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Priddis, Alberta
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Located on a hilltop in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the University of Calgary's Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (RAO) is a facility dedicated to expanding our knowledge of the Universe and educating the public about the wonders of Astronomy. Our site provides easy access from Calgary and an unobstructed view of the entire night time sky. By day, we boast stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. Come visit us and learn amazing things about astronomy and space science!

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YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre

Calgary, Alberta
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YouthLink's new police museum boasts 55 interactive stations within 26,000 sq. ft. of visual displays. Step directly into the Calgary Police Service's history and culture by exploring powerful exhibits, touring thrilling accounts of outlaws and heroes and challenging your investigative skills in the Forensics Lab. Take a ride in our HAWCS helicopter simulator and touch a maggot mass if you dare! At our heart is crime prevention through education. Families and individuals can also learn about current issues surrounding drugs, relationships, bullying and gangs. Our goal is to empower Calgary youth to make positive decisions when faced with difficult pressures.

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Highwood Film Tour

High River, Alberta
2018-07-04 To 2018-08-29 MST

Join us every Wednesday in July and August for walking tour of downtown High River and learn about the town's glamorous cinematic history from the silent film days to today. Please meet at the museum on 1st Street S.W. at 2p.m. The tour will last an hour. The tour is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, please call the museum at 403-652-7156, at, or connect with us over Facebook.

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Pioneer Times

Three Hills, Alberta
2018-06-09 To 2018-06-09 MST

Venture back to the Pioneer Times with the Kneehill Historical Museum! The museum is hosting their annual Pioneer Times day, which is an open house to the whole museum. It will be free admission, live demonstrations, a model train display, ~60's school reunion, delicious food will be served and it will be lots of fun for the whole family!It will be on June 9, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Kneehill Historical Museum, located in Three Hills Alberta, adjacent to the Three Hills Campground and across from the Hospital.Come join the fun with family and friends!

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Harvest Festival

Wetaskiwin, Alberta
2018-09-01 To 2018-09-02 MST

The machinery is humming and the ovens are hot, so bring the whole family to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the bringing in the harvest. Watch as wheat crop is harvested using both steam and gasoline powered equipment, see the threshing machines at work, get a free tractor ride, play carnival games and win prizes in the Family Fun Zone, visit your animal friends in the petting zoo, view the modern John Deere equipment display, shop at the Farmers Market, purchase an open cockpit bi-plane adventure at the Aviation Display Hangar. Things you can do in the Museum: learn how to bake bread and sample a slice, make and eat a tasty treat with the ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen, learn how to make rope, see how a grain elevator works, dance to the music of the Foggy Minded Mountain Boys.

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