Museums & Historic Sites
Experience Alberta's history at the many provincial historic sites, interpretive centres and museums. Listings are in alphabetical order.
- Location: 8 km southeast of Brooks, off Trans-Canada Highway 1
- A three kilometre long and centipede-like structure
- A vital link in the extensive irrigation network that provided water critical to the dry lands of southern Alberta.
Father Lacombe Chapel /
Chapelle du Père Lacombe
- Location: St. Albert
- Interpreter-led tours of this simple log chapel are available.
- The oldest building still standing in Alberta.
- Built by Father Albert Lacombe in 1861.
- The center of the thriving Métis settlement of St. Albert.
Fort George and Buckingham House
- Location: 13 km southeast of Elk Point
- Visit the exhibit gallery about the lives of the early fur traders.
- Meet the country wife—the link between two cultures.
- Take the interpretive path to the archaeological sites of the Forts.
Frank Slide Interpretive Centre
- Location: Highway 3, Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
- On April 29 in 1903, 82 million tonnes of rock from Turtle Mountain buried part of the coal-mining town of Frank.
- The Centre tells the story of the Frank Slide, the rich history of the Crowsnest Pass and the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies.
- Take the walking trails, have a picnic and shop Rumbler's Gift Shop.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
- Location: 18 km northwest of Fort Macleod on Secondary Highway 785
- An UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Historic Site and Provincial Historic Site.
- Learn about the daily life and special ceremonies of the bison-hunting culture of the Blackfoot peoples.
- For more than 10,000 years, they stampeded herds of mighty buffalo to their deaths at special jump sites.
- This jump is the oldest, largest and best-preserved buffalo jump site known.
- Location: 26 km south of Fairview
- Tour through St. Charles Mission Church and the Hudson’s Bay Company factor’s house.
- Glimpse into life in this gateway to western expansion of the fur trade.
- Enjoy a hike and picnic along the beautiful mighty Peace River.
- Location: Highway 3, Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
- One of the largest and most ambitious coal mines in the Crowsnest Pass.
- Active from 1907 to 1915. Ruins of the impressive sandstone buildings that formed surface operations of the mine are still standing.
- Walk among the powerhouse, mine manager’s house and coke ovens.
- Interpreter-led guided walks are available.
- Location: 707 – 13 Avenue SW, Calgary
- A grand sandstone prairie mansion built in 1891 and enlarged in 1907.
- The impressive scale and the high quality of the design, materials and interior furnishings of the house reflected the wealth and prestige of the Lougheeds.
- Explore the architecture, rich history and the lovely Beaulieu Gardens. Try delicious fare at Isabella's Restaurant, or visit the Treasures Gift Shop.
Oil Sands Discovery Centre
- Location: 515 Mackenzie Blvd, Fort McMurray
- The story of the Athabasca Oil Sands—the world’s biggest single oil deposit.
- Discover how oil was formed millions of years ago, perform experiments used by oil sands pioneers and see how bitumen is extracted and changed into synthetic crude oil.
- An industrial garden complete with a seven-storey high bucket wheel, a 150-tonne hauler and a dragline bucket the size of a double garage.
Provincial Archives of Alberta
- Location: 8555 Roper Road, Edmonton, Alberta
- The Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) preserves the collective memory of Alberta, and contributes to the protection of Albertans' rights
and the sense of the Alberta identity.
- The PAA acquires, preserves and makes available for research private and government records of provincial significance.
- The PAA also serves as the permanent repository of records of enduring value of the Government of Alberta.
Remington Carriage Museum
- Location: Cardston
- Experience authentic 19th and early 20th century horse-drawn transportation.
- Using state-of-the-art techniques, the museum brings this bygone era to life.
- Interactive exhibit galleries tell numerous stories of turn-of-the-century society and the carriage industry.
- Location: 2 km west of Wetaskiwin on Highway 13
- Celebrate the Spirit of the Machine.
- A collection of vehicles, aircraft, tractors and industrial machines pays tribute to mechanical genius.
- Cruise in a 1927 Model-T touring car or soar in an open cockpit biplane.
- Walk the exhibit galleries on your own, watch museum-quality restoration in progress or take in one of the special events.
Royal Alberta Museum
- Location: 12845 – 102 Avenue NW, Edmonton
- View exhibitions including the internationally acclaimed Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture.
- The Natural History Gallery explores one billion years that produced Alberta's rocks and minerals.
- Every year there is a new touring exhibition.
- The Bug Room exhibits some of the world’s biggest insects—alive.
- The Wild Alberta gallery takes visitors across, over and under Alberta’s diverse landscapes and is like no other museum experience in Canada.
Royal Tyrrell Museum
- Location: 6 km northwest of Drumheller
- See more than 35 skeletons of real dinosaurs such as the T. rex, Triceratops and Albertosaurus.
- Journey through time, as different life forms emerge, evolve and in some cases, face extinction.
- Watch technicians carefully remove rock around fossils.
- During the summer, join a guided hike to an ancient dinosaur bone bed.
- Location: 11153 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton
- Alexander Rutherford, Alberta’s first premier, built this post-Edwardian mansion in 1911, welcoming the political and social elite of Alberta.
- Have afternoon tea in the sun porch or dinner in the oak wainscoted dining room.
- See the gentility of the pre-First World War era.
- Costumed interpreters recreate daily household life and lead guided tours.
- Location: 30 minutes southwest of Red Deer, off Highway 592 and 781
Phone: 403-728-3929 or 780-427-1787
- Renowned as one of the greatest poets in the western world, Icelander Stephan G. Stephansson managed to tend this homestead by day and write his famous and respected poetry by night.
- Costumed interpreters recreate daily chores of this 1920s household, such as spinning wool and baking combined with leisurely poetry readings.
Turner Valley Gas Plant
- Location: 60 km south of Calgary in the Town of Turner Valley
- The cornerstone of Alberta’s early gas and oil industry, the Turner Valley Gas Plant provides a look into the past of one of the British Empire’s major suppliers.
- Glimpse into the colourful lives of the workers who were part of that era.
Field Station of the Royal Tyrrell Museum
- Location: 50 km northeast of Brooks off Trans-Canada Highway 1
- Walk the trail of the dinosaurs at Dinosaur Provincial Park, one of the richest fossil sites in the world.
- For a guided hike or bus tour, reservations are recommended.
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
- Location: 25 minutes east of Edmonton on Highway 16
- Visit the farmsteads, shops and churches of this living-history village. The food kiosk features authentic Ukrainian fare.
- Costumed interpreters play the roles of real-life Ukrainian settlers sharing stories of Ukrainian immigrants who came to the Bloc Settlement from 1892 to 1930.
- Tour the site on foot or hop on a horse-drawn wagon.
- Location: Off Highway 855 near Smoky Lake
- Step inside the 1864 Clerk’s Quarters or the 1906 Methodist Church.
- Learn about the growth and decline of this once-bustling community from costumed interpreters.
- In 1862, Reverend George McDougall founded a Methodist mission to the Cree. The Hudson’s Bay Company later established Fort Victoria to trade with the natives.
Last reviewed/revised: January 7, 2015