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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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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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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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Bentley Museum

Bentley, Alberta
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The Bentley Museum is housed in a 1924 farmhouse with an additional agricultural building. The exhibits depict the way of life experienced by the first settlers from 1898 down through the years. The collection is geographically based and displayed with a “touch and use” philosophy. Walking tours of historical Bentley are available. The collection of approximately 4,000 artifacts includes household, agricultural, medical, athletic, books, photos, cameras, prehistoric, newspapers, typewriters, telephone equipment, general store memorabilia, military artifacts, and an antique organ. The Earth Sciences and Geological collections include paleontological and fossil collections. There is also a Schoolhouse exhibit with many artifacts, and a model on display of the Village of Bentley from the early days.

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Frank Side Interpretive Centre Family Admission

Enjoy a family admission pass (2 adults and up to 6 youths) to one of Alberta's most fascinating historic sites. Visitors will experience what it was like to be in the coal mining town of Frank before, during and after the great rock avalanche. The Centre is open year-round.

Expires: 2018-12-30
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Legislative Lights Segway Adventure

The Alberta Legislative Grounds grounds offer wonderful views and beautiful landscaping enjoyed by everyone! The twinkling lights and charming skating rinks really emphasize Edmonton as THE Winter City. Valid Dec. 8 - Jan. 31 only.

Expires: 2019-01-31
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Best of the Canadian Rockies

Travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada on this fully escorted, 9-day journey from the stunning Pacific Coast through to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Price is per person, based on double occupancy.

Expires: 2019-05-21
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Winter Carnvial

Calgary, Alberta
2018-12-27 To 2018-12-31 MST

Winter Carnival is a family-friendly indoor event with themed activities throughout Gasoline Alley Museum. Enjoy games, crafts and activities that celebrate winter fun throughout the years. Round out your visit with a bite to eat at the Railway Café or Selkirk Grille and enjoy shopping at the Haskayne Mercantile Block. Activities included with regular museum admission.

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? Halloween Haunting at the Museum

Wetaskiwin, Alberta
2018-10-27 To 2018-10-27 MST

Welcome to our spectacularly spooky and eerily thrilling museum! The lights are out but we are there, haunting the gallery and looking for you! Walk the gallery if you dare! The lights are out and our ghosts and ghouls are on the prowl. Play our “Horror" Trivia Game Show. Watch a scary movie in our indoor Drive-In theatre. Win treats playing our “twisted” games. Wear whatever ghoulish costume inspires your spooky self. Trophies for best costumes. Cash bar and snacks available. No ATM on site.

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Ghosts and Gourmet

Calgary, Alberta
2018-10-30 To 2018-10-30 MST | Show All Dates

Enjoy a frightfully delicious autumn-inspired meal in Heritage Park's Wainwright Hotel before embarking on a behind-the-scenes ghost tour like no other. Between each course, diners will be kept entertained with ghastly ghost stories told by Heritage Park's inspired guides. Only guests to Ghosts & Gourmet can step inside two of the Park's heritage homes (including the Prince House!) after dark to experience firsthand hauntings and spine-tingling stories. These premium tours are conducted by expert guides and are all based on personal encounters and eerie stories from staff and guests, both past and present. Is Heritage Park the most haunted place in Calgary? They’ll have to find out…if they dare.

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