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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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Galloway Station Museum & Travel Center

Edson, Alberta
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The new Galloway Station Museum and Travel Centre is located in Edson, almost exactly halfway between Edmonton and Jasper. This elegant, well-equipped facility is open year-round and clearly visible and easily accessible from the Yellowhead highway. You’ll find knowledge staff and plenty of material on the local and provincial sights to see! There is also ample parking, including a bus/RV lane, a wonderful coffee bar and free wireless Internet access.

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WG Hardy Classics Museum - University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta

The WG Hardy collection of ancient Near Eastern and Classical antiquities has been established as a permanent exhibition in the Department of History & Classics. The collection comprises antiquities from several ancient cultures and periods including the early civilizations of Mesopotamia (Iraq), the Iron Age culture of ancient Palestine, the Classical and Hellenistic ages of ancient Greece, Roman Italy and the Roman provinces. Among the objects on display are numerous pieces of Greek and Roman decorated pottery, a broad selection of Greek and Roman coins, several fine examples of ancient glass, and an assortment of ancient jewellery. Open Monday through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed during November (Fall Term Reading Week), December (Christmas Holiday Break), and February (Winter Term Reading Week) breaks and all statutory holidays.

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Bodo Archaeological Site and Centre

Bodo, Alberta
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Experience archaeology in action at The Bodo Archaeological Site, one of the largest and most well-preserved pre-contact archaeological areas in Western Canada. Visitors are offered guided tours of the archaeological site and interpretive center, and even have the chance to participate in the ongoing excavation of the site. In addition to tours of the site, our programs also feature plant hikes to learn about flora and fauna used by Indigenous ancestors, trips to see a bison rubbing stone, and hands-on activities such as traditional pottery making and flint knapping. Please visit our website for more information.

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Alberta Landscape and Cultural Discovery

Rolling foothills, intimidating mountains, pre-historic hoodoos, emerald lakes and fascinating arts, Alberta is home to a changing landscape and an array of activities. Visitors will explore diverse scenery on this 11-night tour, from the majestic mountains of the Canadian Rockies to the prairie lands and coulee landscapes of the Badlands.

Expires: 2018-10-31
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Royal Tyrrell Museum Family Admission

In addition to housing one of the world's largest displays of dinosaurs, the museum offers a wide variety of creative, fun, and educational programs that bring the prehistoric past to life. The family admission price includes admission for 2 adults and up to 6 children under 17 years. Restrictions apply.

Expires: 2019-09-25
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Drumheller & Badlands Tour

Travel with us to one of the most unusual and breathtaking landscapes in Alberta, the Drumheller Valley. The tour visits Horseshoe Canyon, the Hoodoos, Atlas Coal Mine, the Rosedale Suspension Bridge, and The Royal Tyrrell Museum. All admissions are included.

Expires: 2018-12-31
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Once Upon A Christmas

Calgary, Alberta
2018-11-24 to 2018-11-25 MST | Show All Dates

Experience the magic of Christmas past at Heritage Park Historical Village. Tour the park, all decked out for the season on a festive horse-drawn wagon ride, wander through the historical homes and exhibits to see how Christmas was celebrated 100 years ago. Warm your toes by a crackling fire, decorate gingerbread men and catch a fun and festive holiday performance. Pick up unique gifts for under the tree, craft old-fashioned ornaments and visit Old Saint Nick and his reindeer. This event runs from November 24, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. until Dec. 23.

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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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Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: A Rebel WIthout a Claus

Calgary, Alberta
2018-11-10 to 2018-11-10 MST | Show All Dates

Pegasus Performers presents, A Rebel Without A Claus. Headed by elf James Bean, a group of renegade elves are planning to infiltrate Santa’s workshop. Olive Reindeer is James’ human girlfriend. But Noelle Noel, Workshop Supervisor, has caught wind of their plans and refuses to let this happen. Robyn Redd is a disgruntled postal worker, who sympathizes with both sides. Someone will be doing the stocking, and someone is going to get stuffed. Doors Open at 6 pm. Grab a drink and enjoy some time in our amazing space. At 6:30 pm, find your seat as actors will begin to move through the tables to deliver clues and interact with guests. Dinner and the show begin at 7 pm. At 9:00 pm, solve the mystery and watch the conclusion over dessert. Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at Fort Calgary is an interactive evening featuring fabulous food and entertainment that will have you laughing all night long. You’ll interact with the actors and take your best guess at ‘who done it’, all while enjoying a locally sourced dinner buffet.

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