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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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Legislative Assembly of Alberta Visitor Centre

Edmonton, Alberta

The Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre is just north of the Legislature building in Edmonton. The Visitor Centre is home to Alberta Branded (retail store) the Borealis Gallery, Pehonan Theatre and Agora Interpretive Centre. Each of these spaces are designed to provide a unique visitor experience with an emphasis on active citizenship and the democratic process in the province. Alongside the Legislature Building, the Visitor Centre also hosts a wide variety of free events and programs all year round. Heritage Interpreters will enhance your visit with their knowledge and welcoming manner. Come visit now, open for you to discover!

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Old Bezanson Town Site

Grande Prairie, Alberta

Day use area, kitchen shelter, non-potable water privies, firewood, playground. The Old Bezanson Townsite is what remains of the dream of A.M. Bezanson. In the early 1900s, he started building a city here in anticipation of the rail link. When the line passed through Grande Prairie instead, the Old Bezanson Townsite building footprints is all that remained of his legacy. Open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily; summer only. Group overnight camping by reservation only.

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Seba Beach Heritage Museum

Seba Beach, Alberta

In the All Saint's Anglican Church at Seba Beach, this museum has artifacts dating to 1906 that depict vacation activities like boating, sailing, fishing and regattas.

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Rutherford House celebrates A Christmas Past

Edmonton, Alberta
2018-12-09 To 2018-12-09 MST

Drop in for a traditional Rutherford House Christmas. Start with some Christmas fun outside, and then join them inside for the sweet harmonies of seasonal music and tasty old-fashioned treats baked in a wood burning oven. Visit the historic kitchen and sample some refreshments. Experience the ambiance of this elegant house with its halls bedecked for the holidays.

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Cave Lantern Tours

Banff, Alberta
2019-06-01 To 2019-09-28 MST

Saturday nights. Two tours, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 1 to Sept. 28. It’s after hours at the Cave and Basin, but you're being let in. All your senses awaken as the light from your lantern casts shadows on ancient grotto walls. Mysterious sounds and voices are a reminder that others, like you, have journeyed to these thermal waters for centuries. Lanterns are supplied; you supply the imagination. A family-friendly 40-minute program. $10.80 per person. Registration and pre-payment required.

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