Featured Museums

Each month, several Recognized Museums are randomly selected and profiled as Featured Museums, highlighting their upcoming events, new exhibits, and what makes their museum unique.

While sites across the province are closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are featuring Recognized Museums that are creating online spaces for visitors to explore and discover.  

This month's Featured Museums are the Alberta Aviation MuseumCanada's Sports Hall of Fame, and the Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage

For more online activities from our Featured Museums, check out the Recognized Museums Online page.

For last month's Featured Museums and a list of all past Featured Museums, click here.


Alberta Aviation Museum

For 27 years, the Alberta Aviation Museum (AAM) has been an active community partner and steward of Edmonton’s aviation history. From its humble beginnings, the museum started as a handful of enthusiasts whose interests were in aeronautical restoration. At present, AAM’s roster has ballooned to over 100 volunteers, 13 full-time / part-time staff, and over 250 community membership holders.

Stationed in the last double-long, double-wide air hanger from World War II, the museum hosts a collection of 31 historical aircrafts on display – each with their own stories and contributions surrounding the development of Blatchford Field, Canada’s first licensed air harbour. With Edmonton's newest community of Blatchford beginning to take shape, AAM is at an exciting turning point towards becoming a cornerstone facility for the site’s past, present, and future.


Visit in Person:
Weekend Family Drop-In Programming
Summer Drop-In Programming is back in action at the AAM! Every Saturday and Sunday, families can traverse over 30 aircraft displays in a brand new social distancing format. For an affordable fee of $2.50, families will receive their very own activity kit to accompany them on their visit, containing takeaway crafts, activities, and materials - a memento of an unforgettable experience from the museum Where History Takes Flight! Explore the eccentric history of aviation nose art, design your own, and take to the skies amongst the various historic planes within the museum's collection.

The museum is also exploring options for how to safely and effectively share its education programs through a combination of classroom kits and online instruction.

Timed-entry tickets can be purchased directly from the AAM website.

Find the Alberta Aviation Museum Online:
The museum is constantly engaging the public through social media, by providing weekly profiles on Alberta's rich aviation history, at-home family activities, and video features of some exhibits.

Follow #museumfromhome on the museum's social media:

Thursday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Visiting guidelines will vary for every museum and operating hours may be subject to change. Please consult the museum’s website to plan your trip.

11410 Kingsway NW
Edmonton, AB T5G 0X4



Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame (CSHoF) is a Registered Charitable Organization and has been a vital cultural institution in Canada for the past 65 years. CSHoF is one of North America's oldest sports museums with the focus of recognition, education, tourism, curation and thought leadership. They are Canada’s only national museum of sport.

Whereas most sports organizations focus on the ascent to the podium, CSHoF’s own focus is beyond the sport accomplishments of Hall of Famers, characterized by their next contributions to humanitarian, community service, and advocacy for our shared values.

Though the physical museum is closed to the public until year-end, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is committed to the integrity of their programming, and will continue to operate online and outreach education programs as well as community travelling exhibits when restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so. The team at Canada's Sports Hall of Fame has returned to work and will continue to look for new and innovative ways to connect, inform and inspire all Canadians in the coming months. Stay tuned!


Find Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Online:
Share Your Favourite #MyCanadianMoment
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is excited to be partnering with The Guelph Games on a brand new campaign called #MyCanadianMoment that will inspire and unite our amazing country through sport, something that is needed during these difficult times. CSHoF has asked Hall of Famers, Olympic athletes, and iconic Canadians to share their favourite Canadian Moment, and engage the public to do the same!

Canadian History & Society: Through the Lens of Sport
Sport has impacted and been woven into the fabric of Canadian history and society since the very early days of Canada. This online exhibit features five main sport themes covering various time periods of Canadian history from 1867 to the present. Within each sport theme and exhibit gallery you will find mini-documentaries, host narrated by some of Canada's premier athletes and sport reporters, video-based artifact webisodes, and over 650 photos with their own unique story. Come explore the site!

Online Programming
Starting in Fall 2020, CSHoF plans to offer Beyond the Win presentations and Virtual Visits to schools.

Follow #MyCanadianMoment, #BeyondtheWin, and #OrderofSport on the museum's social media:

169 Canada Olympic Rd SW
Calgary, AB T3B 6B7


Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage

The Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage is located in Hinton's original 1911 Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Station. All guests are greeted as friends by the museum’s friendly staff, who give world-class tours of the facility, encouraging discussions on heritage, culture, and the future of the community.


Find the Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage Online:
The Learning Railway
Starting out as “Quarantrain: At Home Learning with the Museum,” the Learning Railway is a fun online historical, educational program covering diverse topics from voyageur entertainment to plant identification. For example, Beaver Week on the Learning Railway included a beaver-themed video for each day of the week, costume and colouring contests, beaver swag, and a town-wide (socially distanced!) scavenger hunt.
With weekly two videos and supply packages for registered participants, as well as supply lists for groups looking to do it themselves, all of the projects created through both Quarantrain and the Learning Railway have been made available through the museum’s Teachers Pay Teachers site.

TD Summer Reading Program
The Learning Railway is joining the Hinton Public Library for the TD Summer Reading Program. Every Wednesday in the summer, the museum will be posting a live workshop / educational video on Facebook for kids aged 6 to 12. Topics range from animal track identification to wool spinning.

School Programs
The Northern Rockies Museum has also been working hard to transform their school programs to online packages available on Teachers Pay Teachers. Anyone can visit the site which currently has over 25 unique programming options.

Follow the museum on social media:

225 Gregg Avenue
Hinton, AB T7V 2B7


If you would like your Recognized Museum to be featured here, please fill out the form in the Members Only section. For more information, please contact recognized@museums.ab.ca.

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