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Museums and Historic Sites

In celebration of Alberta Culture Days, free admission will be offered at all provincially owned and operated historic sites and museums that are regularly open on September 27, 28 and 29, 2013:

*Turner Valley Gas Plant is open for tours this weekend only.

Frank Slide Interpretive Centre

Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29

  • Interpretive presentations, award-winning audio visuals and guided hikes
  • Art Exhibit: Joane Cardinal-Schubert

Saturday, September 28

  • Musical entertainment with - Amy Thiessen 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

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Government House

Government House Foundation has once again partnered with the Edmonton Poetry Festival Society to present afternoon performances in the Alberta Room.

Saturday September 28
1 p.m. - Youth Showcase with Edmonton Youth Slam Team
3 p.m. - Page meets Stage – with Mary Pinkoski, Edmonton's current Poet Laureate, and award-winning poet Nora Gould

Sunday September 29
1 p.m. - Showcase of Edmonton's Adult Slam Team
3 p.m. - DiVerse Voices - a showcase of local poets including Jalal Barzanji, Norma Dunning, Peter Midgley and Roman Mariam.

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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29
Buffalo Harvest Days - The ancient buffalo harvest is a very important story that is told at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.

Friday September 27 & Sunday September 29
Join our Blackfoot guides as they take you through the building on a guided facility tour and offer our ever popular living off the land program.

Saturday September 28
See how ancient tools and weapons were made and used, have your stone tools or bones identified and dated by an archaeologist. Watch spectacular First Nations dance demon¬strations. This special day will also include a visit from the Alberta Birds of Prey - take a photo with a live bird!

Purchase a gift from our gift shop at a discounted price for all three days.

*NOTE: Please be aware that our site does not have an ATM

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Lougheed House

Friday September 27 through Sunday September 29 Interpreters will be offering tours - audio tours also available.

Artist Kristine Thoreson will be displaying her art in the Drawing Room, and will speak about her technique.

Friday September 27 4 to 6 p.m. Free exhibit opening - Prairie Sentinels: The Art of the Grain Elevator from AC Leighton to the Present

In partnership with the Leighton Art Centre, Lougheed House is proud to present an exhibit devoted to a prairie cultural landmark. The opening includes a presentation on the history and significance of the grain elevator by Helmuth Schroeder from the Grain Academy. Public welcome. Cash bar.
Exhibit runs September 25 to November 17, 2013

Saturday September 28
Piano performance
Needle Fibre Arts Guild

Saturday September 28 and Sunday September 29
Kids’ crafts

Sunday September 29
A singer will perform

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Oil Sands Discovery Centre

Sunday, September 29
In celebration of Alberta Culture Days, the Wood Buffalo Arts and Crafts Guild will be providing public art demonstrations. Among other opportunities, visitors will have the chance to paint a square on a community canvas that will be auctioned for charity at a future event.

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Provincial Archives of Alberta

Three free concerts will see young Alberta musical artists perform works inspired by the archives’ primary sources - photographs, old newspapers, journals, sound recordings and audiovisual collections.

Special guest singer-songwriter (and Juno Nominee!) Maria Dunn will join featured up-and-coming artists The Doll Sisters, Jey Witten, Rebecca Lappa, Megan Keirstead and many more.

*NOTE: Admission is free, but a limited number of tickets are available due to facility capacity. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
To obtain tickets please email: paaevents@gov.ab.ca or call 780-427-0356.

Concert Times

  • Friday, September 27
    Doors: 7 p.m., show time: 8 p.m.
  • Daytime Saturday, September 28
    Doors: 1 p.m., show time 2 p.m.
  • Evening Saturday, September 28
    Doors: 7 p.m., show time 8 p.m.

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Remington Carriage Museum

Works of art from local artists will be on display all weekend.

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Reynolds-Alberta Museum

Friday September 27
Say “Pink!”
You’ll look “pretty in pink” when you take your photo sitting in our 1958 Buick Limited convertible.

1950s Movie Trailers and Car Commercials
Enjoy this peek at pop culture of the 1950s with entertaining movie trailers and car commercials.

Farm House – Fabulous Fifties Fun
Mr. Potato Head, the Slinky Dog and Barbie were all born in the 50’s. Don’t miss this chance to play with these, and other popular toys introduced in the Fabulous Fifties.

Build Your Own Flying Car
Car designers used aviation as an inspiration for their Fabulous Fifties cars. Create your own aero-inspired design at the craft centre in our Aviation Hangar.

Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29
Play Your Hunch!
A fast paced game show for all ages. From music and pop culture to fads and fashion, it’s all about the Fabulous Fifties. Rise to the challenge and take home “fabulous” prizes!

Family Fun Play Area
Hula Hoops and Drag Racing - kids of all ages can test their skills with a hula hoop. Drag racing more your speed? Build your own Fabulous Fifties car and race it on our indoor track!

Flying Fins
Don’t miss this lively presentation about the powerful influence of aviation on car design in the Fabulous Fifties.

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Royal Alberta Museum

Sunday, September 29
Design-a-Chair
10:30 a.m to 3:00 p.m. - Be inspired by our feature exhibition, The Art of Seating – 200 Years of American Design. Create your very own chair design with a little help from local design groups, MADE (Media Architecture Design Edmonton) and SDA (Student Design Association).

Live Music
1 p.m. and 3 p.m. - Alberta-based folk/roots singer-songwriter Carrie Day.

Design Tour
1 p.m. and 3 p.m. - Discover interesting trends in furniture design on a tour hosted by Cathy Roy, Curator of Western Canadian History, in our feature exhibition The Art of Seating - 200 Years of American Design.

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Royal Tyrrell Museum

*NOTE: while admission to the museum is free during Culture Days, there is a cost for some programming.

Friday, September 27

Dinosite - 11:00 a.m., $8 per person - Hike and prospect in the rugged Badlands

Centennial Break - 11:00 a.m., free - Celebrate Drumheller’s centennial in this outdoor presentation

Science Break - 2:00 p.m., free - Take a break outside and discover the wonders of science

Seven Wonders of the Badlands - 2:30 p.m., $5 per person - A guided hike through the badlands

Science Break - 3:00 p.m., free - Take a break outside and discover the wonders of science

Saturday, September 28 & Sunday, September 29

Dinosite - 11:00 a.m., $8 per person

Centennial Break - 11:00 a.m., free - Celebrate Drumheller’s centennial in this outdoor presentation

Create-a-Cast - 11:30 a.m., $10 per person, 75 minutes, ages 4+ – Make and paint your own cast of a fossil to take home, and get ‘hands-on’ with some real fossils.

Dinosaur Hat Craft - Noon to 4 p.m., free, ages 2+ – located between the Burgess Shale and Devonian Reef Galleries. Show off your creativity and transform yourself into a dinosaur by decorating a hat that is yours to keep!

Science Break - 2:00 p.m., free - Take a break outside and discover the wonders of science

Seven Wonders of the Badlands - 2:30 p.m., $5 per person - A guided hike through the badlands

Science Break - 3:00 p.m., free - Take a break outside and discover the wonders of science

Marty Pawlina - 2 p.m., free - Musician Marty Pawlina will be performing in the Royal Tyrrell Museum auditorium.

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Rutherford House

Rutherford House presents “All Things Wool” for Alberta Culture Days!

Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29

Noon to 4 p.m. - Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site puts the spotlight on local talent in the arts and culture community, with a focus on wool; the history of wool in Alberta, its sources and uses and the multitude of products made from wool. Visit with a local sheep farmer and his sheep, try your hand at carding and spinning, explore the handiwork of several artisans and create your own woolly craft. The entire family will enjoy an afternoon of demonstrations, art, historic crafts, and more.

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Turner Valley Gas Plant*

Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29
Tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sunset Boulevard SE, Turner Valley

Join historian David Finch on a fascinating, story-filled tour of the Turner Valley Gas Plant and discover the history of Alberta’s first oilfield. This is a unique opportunity to tour a site that is not regularly open to the p

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Last reviewed/revised: September 27, 2013