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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. 

The beauty of the Rocky Mountains and western Canada as seen from the Rocky Mountaineer train is indescribable, but one of our guides offers a taste of the amazing scenery that awaits.

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Medalta Clay Pottery Museum Medicine Hat

Medalta Clay Pottery Museum

Live music Post Music Festival Medicine Hat

Medalta Beehive Kiln

A kaleidoscope of colours line the streets and fill the homes of a 1910 prairie town. Nearly 700 quilts are a sight to behold at this year's Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary.

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Claresholm & District Museum and Visitor Information Centre

Claresholm, Alberta
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The Claresholm and District Museum and Visitor Information Centre is the resource for area history and up-to-date information for all visitors. We can accommodate bus tours and provide personal and group tours of our museum buildings. There is ample free parking, clean toilets, free WiFi, wheelchair accessibility, a gift shop and beautiful lawns with picnic tables. We are within walking distance of award-winning restaurants and shops, where you can pick up anything you need. We have friendly, knowledgeable staff who can direct you wherever you intend to go and provide you with information on roads, campgrounds and accommodation.

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Stettler Town and Country Museum

Stettler, Alberta
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Considered Alberta's fifth largest pioneer village, the Stettler Town and Country Museum provides visitors with historical information from 1905 to present day and features newspaper collections, original photos and school registrars. The village's heritage buildings include an early 1900s schoolhouse, courthouse, church, farmhouse and CN Railway train station and caboose.

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Alberta Legislature

Edmonton, Alberta
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Known to Edmontonians as “the Leg”, the Alberta Legislature Building is a marvel of marble pillars and carved oak, beautiful Beaux-Arts architecture and stunning grounds.

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Events

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East Coulee SpringFest

East Coulee, Alberta
2018-05-04 To 2018-05-05 MST

"Best little fest in the west" - quote from Andy Donnely of CKUA radio! The Drumheller Valley comes alive for 2 days of fabulous music!The 24th annual East Coulee SpringFest will feature an exciting line-up of over 35 performers in 3 venues and hours of soul-nuturing music that will rock the Canadian Badlands. The music will entice feet of all ages to get up and dance!It is all for a good cause: SpringFest is the annual fundraiser for the Provincial Historic Resource - the East Coulee School Museum.More than 120 musicians across a variety of genres: folk, blues, country, roots, rock, jazz and more. Friday kicks off with 2 venues in the evening, held at the East Coulee School Museum and the East Coulee Community Hall. Saturday the music begins at noon and goes to midnight! Cash is suggested for this event as there are no ATMs in East Coulee - however Debit and Credit Cards can be accepted at the Museum.All the venues are indoors, so there are no weather worries for this festival!

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Harvest of the Past

Lamont, Alberta
2018-09-09 To 2018-09-09 MST

Celebrate Alberta's agricultural roots with a traditional harvest at the Ukrainian Village. See the Village one last time before it closes for the season and witness an old-fashioned threshing bee complete with vintage farm equipment and grain deliveries to the historic elevator. Other historic activities include flower and herb drying, feather stripping, making kapusta (sour cabbage), grinding wheat, quilting and canning of produce from the Village's gardens.

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Vintage Day and the Friends Ukrainian Music Fest

Lamont, Alberta
2018-06-24 To 2018-06-24 MST

Step on the gas, drive back in time and enjoy a spectacular display of vintage cars, tractors and motorcycles at the Ukrainian Village. New this year, visitors will also experience the very best of Ukrainian-Canadian music with the addition of the Friends Ukrainian Music Fest. Presented by the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society, the 33rd annual Music Fest concert will exhibit traditional and contemporary Ukrainian-Canadian music. Bring a lawn chair and spend the afternoon with Steven Chwok of CFCW's Zabava Program and Alberta's most popular bands and musicians including the Polka Ramblers, Euphoria, Millenia, Trembita, The Diamonds, Marango Pie and the Viter Ukrainian Folk Choir. This family fun day also includes the Kalyna Voice singing competition.

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