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The Hangar Flight Museum preserves the history of western Canadian aviation while inspiring dreams of flight and telling stories related to their artifacts.
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During this time, The Hangar Flight Museum is focussing on creating moments of fun and learning.
- Catch their Collections Manager every Wednesday for a behind-the-scenes video on their Facebook page showing some artifacts that aren’t on display and talking about collections management procedures.
- Follow their Instagram and Facebook Stories for #fastfacts: learn about the aircraft in the museum collection and have your questions about the planes answered.
- Do an online puzzle: build puzzles of photographs of the airplanes in the museum collection.
- Follow The Hangar Flight Museum on social media for other #museumgames, like Two Truths and a Lie and Aeroquizzes, a guessing game identifying the plane based on its nicknames.
Follow #HangarfromHome and #MuseumsfromHome on the museum’s social media:
As a non-profit charitable organization, the Lacombe & District Historical Society provides programs and services directly to the public through the operation of the Michener House Museum & Archives and the Lacombe Blacksmith Shop Museum in historic downtown Lacombe.
At the Lacombe Museums, there’s a new adventure every day! Over the busy summer season, our costumed interpreters entertain and educate guests about the social, economic, and cultural affairs of Western Canada's early development, specific to the greater Lacombe area. With live demonstrations and guided tours, no two visits are ever the same.
With educational programming, special events, workshops, demonstrations, exhibits and an community archives covering the entire Lacombe district, the Lacombe Museums are the hub of history in Central Alberta.
Find the Lacombe Museums Online:
- Their newest Virtual Exhibit, Remembering Holland: Stories from Lacombe & the Second World War, pays tribute and honours Canadian war efforts and shares the incredible stories of the community.
- Tour Tuesdays: Take a virtual tour every week! The tours feature the inside of the museums and will soon expand to featuring historic buildings used for businesses and private heritage homes.
- Throwback Thursdays: Follow Lacombe Museums on Facebook and Twitter for selections from their archival images and the stories behind them.
- ArteFACT Fridays: This new feature will showcase items from the museum collection on social media via live videos. Get a chance to engage with items you would not otherwise have access to, even when the museums are open!
- Visit their website to learn more about the Museum Mystery Suitcase, outreach kits for seniors.
Follow #tuesdaytour and #throwbackthursday on the museum's social media:
As events for 2020 have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors and patrons are encouraged to check out the museums’ website and social media accounts for updated information.
The Musée Héritage Museum (part of the Arts and Heritage Foundation of St. Albert), located in St. Albert Place, explores the story of St. Albert through a variety of exhibits and programs, preserving the community's history to enjoy now and for the future.
The Musée Héritage Museum also manages St. Albert's Heritage Sites: the Little White School, St. Albert Grain Elevator Park, River Lot 24 and its associated houses and agricultural buildings. The heritage sites offer unique programs and tours for all ages.
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The "Pandemic A Cautionary Tale" exhibition that was showcased in the museum 2019 has just been transformed into an online version in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Musée Héritage Museum is encouraging residents in the Capital Region to document and submit in written, photo, or video form how their lives have changed while living through the pandemic. Submissions will be added to the current online exhibition and also could be used in future exhibitions.
New online programming gives the public "Museum Moments", "Archive Moments", and "Heritage Sites Moments", behind-the-scenes features of artifacts, archives, and popular heritage site buildings. Visit their blog to learning more about the collections and activities the public can do at home.
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YouTube - Arts and Heritage St. Albert
Recognized Museums Featured 2019 - 2020
The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is an interactive, hands-on celebration of Alberta’s sporting history. With over 7,000 square feet of exhibit space, the museum includes a multisport area with virtual baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer; a 200-meter wheelchair challenge; a Treadwall climbing wall; the Orest Korbutt Theatre; the Hall of Fame Gallery; and much more. The museum has over 16,000 artefacts of Alberta sports history in its collection and showcases many of these items in a number of displays. The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum also offers an education program, group activities, and a unique environment for your birthday party, special event, corporate reception, or meeting available for rent.
Our museum has artifacts, exhibits, documents, and publications related to the history, culture, and geography of the Village of Alix and its surrounding Original Rural School Districts.
We have many items that belonged to Irene Parlby of the Persons Case, as well as literature and photos literature about her; First Nations, Métis and Tail Creek displays; a collection of taxidermied birds; a clothing collection; pioneer tool room; a room dedicated to World Wars I and II and the Boer War and to service clubs; a church and school section; a history of businesses section; a railway display; a pioneer kitchen; a hairdressing shop display; a toy display; a dairy / creamery section; and more. We also have a tourism information section.
The Brooks & District Museum was built on seven acres of land in 1974. It was created with the mission to collect, preserve and portray the cultural heritage of Brooks and District. In 2007, the Brooks & District Museum became a Recognized Museum within the Alberta Museums Association mandate, as well as an Accredited Visitor Information Center through Alberta Tourism.
The Museum is designed to be a "Walk Through the Ages." There are seventeen permanent buildings on the grounds of the Brooks & District Museum.
Altogether, the Museum Village pays homage to key influences in Brooks and area's history, including the Duke of Sutherland, the Eastern Irrigation District, and the Canadian Pacific Railroad.
The Didsbury Museum was known as the Old Red Brick School. It was built in 1907 and closed in 1986. It has been a Recognized Museum since 2011. The museum is the caretaker of the history of Didsbury and area with the many items donated by the families that made Didsbury their home.
The Esplanade’s Museum is a community museum. It began over 65 years ago by the Historical Society of Medicine Hat. The Museum exists today to arouse, enhance, and encourage appreciation of the development of the community as a place to live, work, and do business.
The Historical Society collected the memoirs of the early residents of the community and items which they valued or recognized as being important to telling the community’s story.
The Esplanade presents items from its collection in engaging and informative ways so new generations can learn about the successes and sacrifices of the community. Medicine Hat is a unique place, created by proud men and women, who left us an enduring legacy. We honor them by remembering them.
Located in downtown Fort Saskatchewan, and nestled along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, The Fort Heritage Precinct celebrates three distinct time periods: the City's earliest history is represented by a reconstructed 1875 - 1885 North West Mounted Police Fort, while a historical village and 1905 Canadian Northern Railway Station capture the experiences of early settlers. The 1937 Warden's Residence showcases Alberta's Provincial Gaol (jail) history and serves as the Precinct's Visitor Information Centre. Visit throughout the year for a regular or theme guided tour.
The Fort Heritage Precinct is also a great year-round outdoor recreation area with beautiful trails, river scenery, and unique shops and restaurants nearby.
Canada's Deadliest Rockslide: 90 Seconds Changed Their Lives
What was it like to be in Frank when Turtle Mountain collapsed? Why did it happen? Will it happen again?
Visitors can feel the impact of the Frank Slide story in a personal, interactive, and creative setting, involving first-hand accounts by the people who lived through the destruction.
A gift shop, walking trails, and information services enhance the experience.
Located in scenic RCMP Centennial Park on Highway 16 in Edson, the Galloway Station Museum and Travel Centre is steeped in local history. The hands-on exhibits explore the wild west history of Edson and area, including the first aerial police chase in Canadian history!
The facility is open year-round and offers travel information, complimentary coffee, a lovely gift shop full of local art, and clean and accessible restrooms.
Located almost exactly halfway between Edmonton and Jasper, the Galloway is a perfect place to take a break, stretch your legs and relax for a few moments or a few hours.
The history of Lethbridge and southwestern Alberta can be explored through the Galt Museum & Archives' rotating world-class exhibits, special events, and school and community programs. The Galt Museum Store offers visitors a selection of historic publications and other unique local and retro gifts. Volunteers donate their time and talents to enhance the work of museum staff.
The Hangar Flight Museum shares the stories of western Canadian aviators and innovations in aviation in a historical British Commonwealth Air Training Plan drill hall. Warbirds, passenger aircraft, and commercial aircraft are all held within the same building to paint the full picture of Canadian aviation history.
Heritage Park Historical Village is Canada's largest living history museum, offering guests a total immersion experience in the history of Western Canada, beginning from the 1860s all the way to the 1930s. During the summer season, explore over 180 exhibits, discover more than 50,000 artifacts, and meet fur traders, ranchers, railway workers, and the friendly town folk who bring Western Canadian history to life. Ride an authentic steam train, enjoy a relaxing wagon ride, or cruise the Glenmore Reservoir aboard Calgary's only paddle wheel boat. Guests can visit the world-class Gasoline Alley Museum year-round, which features an impressive collection of one-of-a-kind vintage vehicles and oil and gas related artifacts.
The Museum at Leighton Art Centre is located in the last residence of A.C. and Barbara Leighton. Now a provincially designated Historic Resource, this unique Arts and Crafts inspired home was designed by A.C. Leighton in the 1950s and boasts some of the most breathtaking mountain views in Southern Alberta.
Open to the public year-round, the museum exhibits works from its extensive collection of fine art, craft, furniture, and artifacts owned and created by A.C. and Barbara Leighton.
Leighton Art Centre also features a Gallery – hosting several contemporary art exhibitions each year – an all-Canadian Gallery Shop featuring local fine art and craft, and an Art Education Centre offering field trips, summer camps, and workshops.
Lougheed House, is Alberta's most opulent Victorian mansion, a National and Provincial Historic Site, Beaulieu Gardens, Museum, Restaurant and Shop, all on the original 2.8 acres. This 14,000 square-foot sandstone prairie mansion was built in 1891 by Senator Sir James Alexander Lougheed and his wife Lady Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed. We offer preservation and interpretation of this home, the Lougheed family, and its connection to Calgary's history and community. We also offer free access to our spectacular flower and vegetable gardens and with paid admission indoor self-guided or audio tours, historic volunteer interpreters (when on-site or if booked in advance) and year-round curated exhibits, events, and programs.
The museum depicts Canadian military history from the early 1900’s to today. Specific focus is on The Loyal Edmonton Regiment and its role as a Canadian infantry regiment, from its early years in WWI as the 49th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; through WW2 as the Loyal Edmonton Regiment; to the current very active Army reserve unit.
The museum consists of uniforms, weapons, and other displays supported with photograph and text display boards.
Prince of Wales Armoury Heritage Centre
118, 10440-108 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 3Z9
Markerville Creamery Museum opened in 1902 in the traditionally Icelandic Hamlet of Tindastoll, now known as Markerville. The story of the Icelandic immigration and commercial butter making operation is told through guided tours. The Creamery Museum is set in 1932.
Experience Icelandic food culture in the Kaffistofa (coffee shop) with such delights as vinarterta and ponnukokur.
Stroll through the streets following our walking tour with interpretive signs throughout the hamlet.
We are well known for our ice cream, so please don't forget to enjoy a cone of your favourite ice cream.
Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District (Medalta) is an innovative industrial museum, contemporary ceramic arts facility, art gallery, and community hub located in Medicine Hat, Alberta. This once static museum has been transformed into a dynamic space that activates community and inspires change.
Set against the dramatic cliffs of the South Saskatchewan River in Medicine Hat, Alberta, the 150-acre Historic Clay District is situated on Treaty 7 land and was once home to some of the earliest industry in Western Canada. Today, the history of the once-thriving ceramic industry is being revived with the iconic Medalta Potteries National Historic Site providing a contemporary setting to experience our shared heritage.
Millet is an ever-changing, award-winning, small town, local heritage experience. The stories presented in the Museum start in honour of August Millet, a fur buyer who sold furs to Ben Slaughter, who had a store where Millet in now located. A. Millet was a canoe man for Father Lacombe, who named all the Canadian Pacific Railway Stations. Millet, on June 17, 1903, was proclaimed a Village. Over a 3000 square feet building, there are displays from Millet and 13 surrounding districts, Military Commemorative Service, approximately 50 Pioneer Women inductees, as well as the various organizations that built the community, including Communities in Bloom. Temporary displays include Rodeo Legend Bob Robinson and Century Farms. There is also a Handicraft Giftshop and weekly children programs.
The Norwegian Laft Hus is a non-profit museum and cultural centre interested in the preservation, interpretation, and study of material relating to the life and culture of Norwegian-Canadians. In addition to being a tourist attraction with their sod roof and log house (a replica of a 17th century Norwegian farm house), they house many Norwegian artifacts, offer classes on many different Norwegian crafts, and operate a small butikk selling Norwegian related items. They hold a yearly festival showcasing their Norwegian culture, have a children’s day camp to teach Norwegian culture or perhaps Viking history, have exhibits about various Norwegian cultural items, and hold a yearly Craft and Bake Sale to share Norwegian baked goods.
The Town of Okotoks Museum and Archives is a municipally owned museum and archives located in a beautiful 115-year-old home. Established in 2000, the Okotoks Museum and Archives is devoted to preserving artifacts and archival resources, and celebrating the stories of Okotoks’ past. The museum presents ongoing exhibits along with programs and events for students, adults, families, and seniors which promote exploration and connection to history in engaging ways.
Alberta’s newest dinosaur museum located just outside of Grande Prairie, Alberta, showcases locally-discovered fossils through vibrant interactive exhibits for all ages. Built close to major fossil sites in Northern Alberta, including the Pipestone Creek bonebed, the museum acts as a hub for the study and preservation of the area’s rich palaeontological history.
In addition to the world-class galleries, dinosaur-themed playground, and delicious on-site Dine-O-Saur restaurant, the museum offers a number of public drop-in and school-oriented programs, interpretive tours of the galleries and the nearby Pipestone Creek bonebed, free lectures from palaeontologists and other experts, and the Aykroyd Family movie theatre.
Edson’s Red Brick School Cornerstone was laid on September 17, 1913. It was completed later that year, only two years after Edson’s incorporation as a Town in 1911. It was Edson’s only school for Grade 1 – 12 until 1951, and remained an elementary school until 1967. From 1967 to 1984, the Yellowhead School Division used the Red Brick as a Maintenance Shed and Bus Barn. In 1984, the Red Brick was facing demolition; a group call the ‘Red Brick Aid Committee’ was formed to preserve this community Heirloom. In July 1984, the Yellowhead School Division turned over ownership of the building and grounds for $1.00. Today, Edson Cultural Heritage Organization (ECHO) owns and operates the facility. They became a Municipal Historic Resource in 2009.
Make the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) your next stop when exploring Red Deer, Alberta! The MAG combines the wonderful elements of a museum and art gallery to “Inspire a Passion for History and Art”. Whether you create your own masterpiece through one of their drop-in art programs, take in a local or travelling exhibit, or learn how truly remarkable Red Deer is through their history exhibit, they are committed to creating memorable experiences for visitors of all ages that reflect the rich and complex diversity of Red Deer and the surrounding area.
Visit their website for what's on with public programs, exhibits, and events.
This international award-winning museum is all about celebrating machines. Experience hands-on activities from climbing into a pink Buick convertible or a gigantic Oil Pull tractor, to cuddling up in the indoor Drive-In or watching restoration shop experts at work. There's something for everyone!
The Rocky Museum tells the stories of the settlers who homesteaded around Rocky Mountain House. The history of the development of Rocky Mountain House post-fur trade includes the lumber industry, mixed farming, and commercial ventures. There is so much to see! Permanent exhibits include the Glacier School, the Meadows Forestry Cabin, a working player piano, and a barbed wire exhibit. The archives are searchable through their database, and appointments can be booked for those wanting to do research. School programs and adult programs are described on the website. The Rocky Museum Gift Shop carries local history books, a great selection of locally crafted giftware, and souvenirs.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum is Canada's only museum dedicated exclusively to the science of palaeontology. 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 Museum is operated by the Government of Alberta under the Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women.
An open-air living history museum with over twenty buildings on 14 acres, Stony Plain & Parkland Pioneer Museum includes thirteen heritage or replica buildings creating a village area and over 20,000 square feet of modern display space. With over 10,000 individual artifacts ranging from small household objects to large farm machinery and vehicles, the museum tells the story of the pioneers and homesteaders of the Stony Plain and Parkland area.
The Strathcona County Heritage Foundation collects, preserves, promotes and displays the history and heritage of Strathcona County, through the operation of the Strathcona County Museum & Archives.
Housed in the former town office / firehall, the Trochu and District Museum celebrates Indigenous and prehistoric activity in the area and then life from the early 1900s. Armand Trochu’s group of French cavalrymen, the Sisters of Charity, the Finn community, farming and ranching pioneers, heroes of the First and Second World Wars, the Trochu Tribune printing machines, local coal mines, and a Vancouver 2010 Olympics podium are all featured here. There is also an extensive archives for people searching their family roots.