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 Air Force Museum of Alberta, the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum, and the Bonnyville & District Museum

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.


The Air Force Museum of Alberta

The Air Force Museum of Alberta is a founding member of The Military Museums of Calgary, Alberta. The museum highlights the history of the RCAF from the First World War to the present day and is home to four iconic RCAF aircraft that served during the Cold War.

Airplane in a hangar

Find The Air Force Museum of Alberta Online:

  • Take a virtual tour of their Cold War Exhibit including an immersive view of each aircraft cockpit. A 360 degree virtual tour is also available of their RCAF gallery, located inside The Military Museums building.
  • The museum’s website also includes a 3-minute video designed to introduce children to Cold War history through the misadventures of Buster, the cartoon bear.
  • A memorial archive is also available that lists all the members of the Royal Canadian Air Force who gave their lives while on duty during the Cold War.
  • Approximately 90% of the museum’s archival holdings are also available online to view at archives.rcaf.museum. You’ll find hundreds of Air Force and aviation-related images, letters, certificates, and other ephemera available from the First World War up to the current day.
  • Download the museum app available in English and French with audio and images, designed to supplement each gallery's content. It is available via the Google Play Store or the Apple Store by searching for 'Air Force Museum.'

Follow #airforcemuseumofalberta on the museum's social media:

The Military Museums
4520 Crowchild Trail SW
Calgary, AB T2T 5J4
403.210.2340 x 2660

Alix Wagon Wheel Museum

The Alix Wagon Wheel Museum features life and environment in Alix and area, with exhibits starting with First Nations, Tail Creek Hivernant, following settler life, farming, churches, and school histories. The museum has records, tourist information, and a display of taxidermied birds; World Wars I and II and the Boer War; and a large display about the Famous Five / Persons case, featuring Irene Parlby, a settler there.

Black and white image of alix’s main street with horse drawn carriages and pedestrians

Find the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum Online:

  • Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for features from the museum’s collection.
  • Explore the museum through features such as photo collections, exhibit highlights, “Do You Remember”, and more, at their WordPress website.
  • Find them offline in the Chautauqua newspaper.

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4910 - 50 St. P.O. Box 245
Alix, AB T0C 0B0

Bonnyville & District Museum

The Bonnyville & District Museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts relevant to the development and settling of the Bonnyville region. They welcome you to experience the inspiring stories and diverse history of Bonnyville as you explore their 13 buildings and picturesque 3-acre grounds.

Overhead view of the Bonnyville and District Museum site

More about the museum:
On site are two churches, a replica of Durlingville Schoolhouse, the 1920s Vallée General Store, an expansive hospital display including Bonnyville's first Polio-fighting Iron Lung, Angus Shaw's 1789 North West Company post and the Bonnyville water tower.

One quaint, 1907 house and a 1920s cabin typify pioneer life as it was in the early years of settlement in Bonnyville.

The Main Building is home to the 1940s Clementine Poitras Collection of folk-art miniatures made of common household materials and a working display of post-war Lionel model trains.

Two large buildings house a significant collection of early agricultural and industrial equipment and machinery-including restored tractors, a steam engine, early welding and woodworking equipment, and a 1940s auto shop with two original vehicles.

A 7-meter high statue of Angus Shaw, a late 1700s fur trader and explorer, stands for posterity's sake as a reminder of Shaw's contribution to the fur trade in Western Canada.

The walk-through Centennial Arch is dedicated to the French pioneers, the founders of Bonnyville in 1907.

The Main Building is home to Aurora Visual Arts Association with studio space and a gallery for display and sale of artwork.

The Bonnyville & District Museum offers group tours to schools and others upon request.

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4401 54 Avenue Box 6995
Bonnyville, AB T9N 2H4


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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