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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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Bowden Pioneer Musuem

Bowden, Alberta

Bowden Pioneer Museum was established in 1967 to preserve and display the history and artifacts of Bowden and area. Our displays include the C.R. Hoare Photgraphic Studio, one of the largest Avon displays in Canada, Bowden Hardware Store, Ladies of Aspenland War Memorial, and replicas of Bowden Elevators.

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Nampa and District Museum

Nampa, Alberta
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Located in Nampa, the museum is open year-round to meet all of your travelling needs. We provide free WiFi, a small gift shop with locally made products, a public phone, and both indoor and outdoor exhibits showcasing our proud history. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can help provide you with information on the area and our current museum exhibits.

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Hangar Flight Museum Family Admission

Welcome to the Hangar Flight Museum, holding a historically-significant collection of airplanes and helicopters sure to delight aviation enthusiasts. Enjoy a family admission of $32, which includes two adults and up to four children aged 17 and under, a value of $56 if purchased separately.

Expires: 2019-03-12
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Camp in a Tipi or Trapper Tent

Book Rocky Mountain House camping now for summer. Camp in comfort. Cook bannock and trapper’s tea over a fire. Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the fur trade. Includes Fur Trade Camp Kit: bison hide, period cooking kit, flint/steel fire-starting kit, bannock mix, trapper’s tea, spices, oil and soap.

Expires: 2018-08-31
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Stay a Night & See a Sight - Calgary Area

Escape from routine and get off the beaten path by staying in a smaller town outside Calgary. Discover local hidden gems, then explore the Calgary's attractions. Package includes overnight accommodation in a selected Airdrie or Cochrane hotel and family admission to Fort Calgary, Lougheed House or Heritage Park. Restrictions apply.

Expires: 2018-09-30
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ARTIFACTS FOR STURGEON COUNTY 100TH

Edmonton, Alberta
2018-04-01 To 2018-12-31 MST

Namao Museum and Archives is celebrating "Sturgeon County Turns 100 in 2018"!!! It is the perfect time for the museum to celebrate and reflect on the past 100 years. They have taken photographs of 100 items in their museum that will show the story and history of the ;ast century! Please visit their website - view these unique photographs, and identify as many as you can! Make sure to get parents, or grandparents to help you. A family fun history leason to help celebrate 100 years.

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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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Exploring the Narrative with Carole Epp

Medicine Hat, Alberta
2018-08-20 To 2018-08-24 MST

In this 5-day workshop, participants will work with Carole Epp to develop and explore narrative in functional and/or sculptural work. Beginning with design considerations, storytelling, and concept development, this workshop will give the students the confidence and skills to bring their ideas to life. Ongoing feedback demos and slideshows will round out the class as well as some social media discussions throughout, drawing from Carole’s extensive knowledge with online communities. A minimum level of experience is required as many hand-building, slip-casting, wheel throwing and surface decoration techniques will be covered during the week, but class is suited to a variety of skill levels. August 20-24. $695 + GST.

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