Museums and Historic Sites

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Museums & Historic Sites

Albertans are proud of their colourful past and have the museums and historic sites to prove it. Rewind 250 years to experience the beginning of the fur trade. Follow the footsteps of the great explorer and map maker, David Thompson. Discover "How the West was Once" at Canada's largest living history museum. Relive the adventures of the cowboys and pioneers at an original 1882 ranch. 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. See how the Ukrainian settlers preserved their roots.

Step back 8,000 years to the time of the Plains Indians and trace their history at sites older than Stonehenge. Now take a really big jump back 70 million years to the time of the dinosaurs. Did you know we have the largest concentration of dinosaur bones in the world? Delve into the intrigue of the past to understand Alberta today.

OUR VISITORS SAY:

"...amazed at the quality of the exhibits and the entire lay-out of the Royal Tyrrell Museum... awe-inspiring info on the history of this incredible landscape...a great appreciation for the people and scientists who are part of this fine museum." ~ Kempy2

EXPLORE ALBERTA

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 EVENTS AT ALBERTA’S BAR U RANCH NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Drive the cowboy trail this summer to Alberta’s historic Bar U Ranch for authentic cowboy cooking, rodeo events and plenty of 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

HISTORY IN ALBERTA - JOURNEY INTO THE PAST

Step into Heritage Park Historical Village and experience what it’s like to ride a historic rail car or sit down for an elegant 1920s dinner.
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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