Museums and Historic Sites

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Museums & Historic Sites

We are proud of our colourful past and have the museums and historic sites to prove it – not to mention five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Step back in time to the 1600s and experience the beginning of the fur trade. Follow the footsteps of the great explorer and map-maker, David Thompson. Relive the adventures of the original cowboys and cattlemen at the Bar U Ranch, one of the country’s largest ranching operations in the late 1800s and still in operation today. Find out how the Mounties brought law and order to a wild frontier in the 1870s. Learn the history of coal mining and climb the last wooden tipple in Canada.

Rewind 8,000 years to the time of the Plains Indians and learn about their buffalo culture at places like Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Now take a really big jump back millions of years to the time of the dinosaurs. Did you know Alberta has the world’s largest concentration of dinosaur fossils?

Delve into the intrigue of the past at any of our hundreds of museums and historic sites to understand Alberta today.

OUR VISITORS SAY:

"What more is there to say? If your'e going to Calgary and want to visit a cultural/art site [The Glenbow Museum] is THE place!" ~ martinkath, British Columbia

EXPLORE ALBERTA

TRAVEL BACK IN TIME AT FORT EDMONTON PARK

Edmonton and its river valley history come alive at this national historic site.

GOOD TIMES IN ALBERTA’S BADLANDS

Take a family driving holiday through the Canadian Badlands in southern Alberta for a lesson in history, arts, Aboriginal culture and everything prehistoric.

FAMILY HISTORY CELEBRATED IN ALBERTA’S UKRAINIAN CULTURAL HERITAGE VILLAGE

Through costumed actors and farmstead replicas, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village in east central Alberta offers a glimpse into the life of our early pioneers.

SUMMER FUN AT BAR U RANCH

Drive the Cowboy Trail to this national historic site for cowboy cooking, rodeo and family fun.

HISTORIC FORTS OF ALBERTA

Alberta forts and their museums reveal a colourful history of fur traders, bootleggers, Mounties, homesteaders and First Nations coexisting on the wild western frontier.
Banff National Park's Cave and Basin

BANFF NATIONAL PARK'S CAVE AND BASIN

Explore this National Historic Site and relive the moment in 1883 when three railway workers stumbled upon the natural hot springs that became the birthplace of Canada’s national park system.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

HEAD-SMASHED-IN BUFFALO JUMP

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in southern Alberta brings the history of the Plains Indians to life. Learn about their culture, watch costumed hoop dancers. Feel the rhythm of the drums.
History In Alberta - Journey Into The Past

A DELICIOUS JOURNEY INTO THE PAST

Ride a steam train, explore historic buildings and learn about western pioneers at Calgary’s Heritage Park.
The Past Lives on at Heritage Park Historical Village

THE PAST LIVES ON AT HERITAGE PARK HISTORICAL VILLAGE

Ride the steam train at Calgary’s living history museum, explore authentic buildings and artifacts, and connect with the people of the day through live demonstrations.
Digging Deep Into Alberta's History

DIGGING DEEP INTO ALBERTA'S HISTORY

A century ago, industrialists and labourers by the thousands rushed west to find their fortunes in Alberta’s rich coal deposits. Find out what happened to them.
Cave and Basin Origins of Banff National Park

CAVE AND BASIN – ORIGINS OF BANFF NATIONAL PARK

The Cave and Basin, an underground cave where bubbling thermal waters connect people to the essence of Banff National Park, is the birthplace of Canada’s national parks system.
Architectural Wonders in Southern Alberta

ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA

If you want to see marvelous feats of engineering – most more than 100 years old – come along for the ride in southern Alberta.
Bodo Archaeological Site

BODO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

You can touch the past with your own hands at the Bodo Archaeological Site in central Alberta, where bison were hunted communally for thousands of years.
Get Crafty in Alberta

GET CRAFTY IN ALBERTA

More and more people are seeking out made-by-hand creations. Whether you're a collector or a budding artisan, the Alberta craft scene is where it's at.
Medalta's Historic Clay District

MEDALTA'S HISTORIC CLAY DISTRICT

Discover the essence of Medalta Potteries in Medicine Hat. It starts in the earth beneath your feet and lives on in works of art both practical and incredible.
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