Featured Museums Archive

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.

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

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11410 Kingsway NW
Edmonton, AB T5G 0X4
780.451.1175

albertaaviationmuseum.com


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.

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#102 - 4200 Highway 2
Red Deer, AB T4N 1E3
403.341.8614

www.albertasportshall.ca


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.

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4910 - 50 St. P.O. Box 245
Alix, AB T0C 0B0
403.788.2218
www.unlockthepast.ca
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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



4401 54 Avenue Box 6995
Bonnyville, AB T9N 2H4
780.826.4925

www.bonnyvillemuseum.ca


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.

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1269 Sutherland Drive E PO Box 2078
Brooks , AB T1R 1C7
403.362.5073

www.brooksmuseum.ca


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!

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169 Canada Olympic Rd SW
Calgary, AB T3B 6B7
403.776.1040

sportshall.ca


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.



2110 21 Ave
P.O. Box 1175
Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0
403.335.9295

www.didsburymuseum.ca


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.

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401 1 ST SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8W2
403.502.8580

esplanade.ca/


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.

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10006 100 Ave
Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0J3
780.998.1783

www.historycentre.ca


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.

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Box 959, Blairmore
Crowsnest Pass, AB T0K 0E0
403.562.7388

www.frankslide.ca


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.

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223 55th Street
Edson, AB T7E 1L5
780.723.5696

www.gallowaystationmuseum.com


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.

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502 1 Street South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 1Y4
403.320.3954

www.galtmuseum.com


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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4629 McCall Way NE
Calgary, AB T2E 8A5
403.250.3752

www.thehangarmuseum.ca


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.

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1900 Heritage Drive SW
Calgary, AB T2V 2X3
403.268.8500

www.heritagepark.ca


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.

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282027 144 Street West
Foothills, AB T1S 0Y4
403.931.3633

www.leightoncentre.org/


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.

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707 13th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0K8
403.244.6333

www.lougheedhouse.com


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
780.421.9943

www.lermuseum.org


Medalta in the Historic Clay District 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.

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713 Medalta Ave SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 3K9
403.529.1070

www.medalta.org


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.

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5036 – 51 Street
Lacombe, AB T4L 1W2
403.782.3933

www.lacombemuseum.com


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.

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5120-50 Street/Highway 2A, P.O. Box 178
Millet, AB T0C 1Z0
780.387.5558

www.MilletMuseum.ca


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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5 St. Albert Place
St. Albert, AB T8N 3Z9
780.459.1528

www.museeheritage.ca


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.

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225 Gregg Avenue
Hinton, AB T7V 2B7
780.801.2643

northernrockiesmuseum.com


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.

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49 North Railway Street
Okotoks, AB T1S 1K1
(403) 938-8969

www.okotoks.ca/culture-heritage


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.

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9301 112 Avenue
Wembley, AB T0H 3S0
587.771.0662

dinomuseum.ca/


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.

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4818 - 7 Avenue
Edson, AB T7E 1K8
780.723.3582

www.redbrickartscentre.com


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.

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4525 47A Ave
Red Deer, AB T4N 6Z6
403.309.8405

www.reddeermuseum.com


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.

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5406 - 48 St, Box 1508
Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1B2
403.845.2332

www.rockymuseum.com/


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.

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1500 N Dinosaur Trail
Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0
403.823.7707

www.tyrrellmuseum.com


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.

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5120 - 41 Avenue
Stony Plain, AB T7Z 1L5
(780) 963-1234

www.pioneermuseum.ca


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.



913 Ash Street
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 2G3
780.467.8189

www.strathconacountymuseum.ca/


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.

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315 Arena Avenue
Trochu, AB T0M 2C0
(403) 442-2220

town.trochu.ab.ca/trochu-museum/


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