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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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Crowsnest Museum & Archives

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
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The Crowsnest Museum and Archives, in historic downtown Coleman, depicts and preserves the cultural history of the Crowsnest Pass. Book a group guided tour of the museum or a walking tour of downtown to explore the many heritage buildings in this National Historic Site. The museum is open seven days a week between June 1 and September 30, and Monday to Saturday for the remainder of the year.

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Royal Alberta Museum

Edmonton, Alberta
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The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) is one of Canada's leading museums of human and natural history. The museum is currently closed as it undergoing its move to its new location in the heart of Edmonton’s downtown arts district, and is expected to open 2018. Once completed, the museum will be the largest in western Canada. For more information, follow the RAM on social media and visit our website.

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The Hangar Flight Museum

Calgary, Alberta
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The Hangar Flight Museum is located just south of the Calgary International Airport. Built in 1941, it was the drill hall for the #37 Secondary Flight Training School. The Museum features a wide variety of civilian and military aircraft spanning the entire century of Canadian flight. The Museum contains exhibits, uniforms, scale models, over 20 aircraft, and allows guests to experience the history of Western Canadian aviation up close.

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Hike to the Drive Lanes

Hike to the ancient drive lanes with Blackfoot guides at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a World Heritage Site. Hear stories of how the plains people hunted the mighty buffalo. Bring appropriate footwear, lunch and a water bottle. Advanced registration required. Cost $20 includes admission and program fee. Valid on select Saturdays.

Expires: 2018-10-06
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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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Atlas Coal Mine General Admission Plus Train

Purchase a General Admission and add train ride for $2! Linda, the 90 year-old electric locomotive or 'mantrip', takes visitors on a surface tour around the site. Expert operators ensure your safety and will entertain you with great stories and fascinating facts. Tours start May 12.

Expires: 2018-10-08
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Metal Art Show and Sale

Wetaskiwin, Alberta
2018-09-15 to 2018-09-16 MST

Don’t miss this opportunity to buy a hand-crafted metal work of art! Meet more than 55 exceptional artists as they display and sell their work. See hand-crafted items created from sterling silver, copper, and Damascus Steel. Purchase stunning jewelry, custom knives, chainmaille, sculptures, outdoor and indoor décor, and more.

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Historic Homes Tour

High River, Alberta
2018-09-15 to 2018-09-15 MST

Please join us for our 10th Historic Homes Tour! Step inside and take an exclusive look at some of the beautiful historic homes that are so important to High River's history. Drive yourself or hop on our shuttle bus! Tickets are $25 and an additional $10 for the shuttle. Tickets are available at the Museum of the Highwood, over the phone at 403-652-7156, or online. For further details or questions please contact the Museum of the Highwood.

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Music in the Plaza

Calgary, Alberta
2018-07-04 to 2018-07-04 MST | Show All Dates

Music in the Plaza is back for another summer season, bigger and better than ever! Rain or shine, Heritage Park presents an evening of outstanding FREE music every Wednesday throughout July and August. Once again, the Stampede Talent Search will partner with Heritage Park to provide a weekly opening act. The featured acts are selected from among Western Canada’s finest up and coming artists, and range from roots to rockabilly, orchestral to indie and everything in between. Performances are free of charge and take place before the Park gate in Heritage Town Square. If raining, concerts will be held inside Gasoline Alley Museum. Bring a blanket, pack a picnic or dine on the patio of the Selkirk Grille while enjoying two hours of live music. Heritage Park’s Railway Café offers a variety of sandwiches, bakery items and drinks (perfect for picnics). The unique shops of the Haskayne Mercantile Block will remain open and the Selkirk Grille’s patio is the perfect place to enjoy a frosty beverage, fine food and fabulous music.

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