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Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum

Learn about area settlers with a visit to the Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum. It preserves the heritage of the Wetaskiwin area. Visit the museum to learn about the rich history of the area's settlers, their lifestyles and businesses. The Fur Farming, Vintage Shoes and Period Hats are a few of the exhibits on display at the museum.

During the school year, elementary students enjoy the museum's Children's Legacy Center, with hands-on, learning activities. They learn to make butter, wash clothes with a scrub board, shop in the vintage store and visit the one-room schoolhouse. Enjoy your time in northern Alberta.

TELUS Spark

An impressive science center located in downtown Calgary, TELUS Spark is a premier destination in southern Alberta. This gem inspires its visitors to have fun while learning about science, art and technology. The center features more than one hundred exhibits in its four Galleries, in addition to a variety of demonstrations and programs.

Be sure to check out the Prototype Lab, where concepts are tested, discover what it means to be human in the Being Human exhibit and explore the Energy & Innovation exhibit to learn more about the power of energy transformation.

Kids love the Creative Kids Museum where they dive into hands-on activities, climb the giant climbing structure and get wet in the water play area. Be sure to schedule time for one of the science demonstrations and live theatre programs, featured in the Presentation Theatre.

The high-definition theatre presentations in the HD Digital Dome Theatre are a must-see. Take a break from inside to enjoy the four-acre Outdoor Park and grab a bite to eat.

Sunnybrook Farm Museum

Celebrating the early days of Alberta farming, Sunnybrook Farm Museum & Interpretive Centre is located in Red Deer, Alberta – an hour and a half south of Edmonton. Calling itself "A Farm like Grandpa's," the farm strives to be a source of education on the evolution of rural life in central Alberta.

Visitors to Sunnybrook can embark on self-guided tours or be regaled by one of the farm's professional interpreters while touring the grounds on a wagon or barrel train. The farm regularly services catered events and is host to seasonal special affairs, past favorites of which have included Lunch at the Farm and the Sunnybrook Farm Turkey Supper.

Royal Tyrrell Museum

Plan your next visit to Alberta and be sure to spend a day exploring the always fun and always impressive Royal Tyrrell Museum. Found northwest of downtown Drumheller within the Midland Provincial Park, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is the premier paleontology museum of Alberta. 

Opened in 1985, the Royal Tyrrell Museum features a fossil collection of more than 130,000. Operated by Alberta's Ministry of Culture, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is named in honor of geologist Joseph Burr Tyrrell who, in 1884, discovered the first dinosaur fossil in Red Deer River Valley. 

Rocky Mountain House Museum

Open throughout the year, the Rocky Mountain House Museum is located in northern Alberta in the town of Rocky Mountain House. The museum features on-site living exhibits like meadows forestry cabin, the large-scale forestry tower, and the forestry mural.

Summer hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – while winter hours range from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays only. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the Rocky Museum Gift Gallery for local literature, cookbooks, and art.

Reynolds-Alberta Museum

Ready for some Alberta history? Check out the Reynolds-Alberta Museum, located in Wetaskiwin. It features an expansive collection of aviation, transportation and agricultural artifacts since opening in 1992. Visit the museum to see the wonderful collection of automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, bicycles and tractors. Enjoy a day touring this wonderful northern Alberta museum and grounds.

Stroll through the Aviation Display Hangar, browse the Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame, the "Highway Through Time" and view the world's oldest dragline, a 1917 Bucyrus Class-24 dragline. Take your time in the main building's Exhibition Gallery and view the 100 large artifacts on display. The 1920s grain elevator is a must-see.

Remington Carriage Museum

You'll be in for a real treat during your next visit to Alberta. Plan a trek across southern Alberta and head for the Remington Carriage Museum. Found in Cardston, not far south of Lethbridge, the Remington Carriage Museum is one of the premier attractions in the area, and the largest of its kind in the world. 

Opened in 1993, the Remington Carriage Museum features more than 240 carriages from different time periods and different design styles. From the Parisian, to the New York, and even the turn-of-the-century Victorian, the Remington Carriage Museum features an impressive haul of horse-drawn transports.

Pioneer Acres Museum

Plan your next trip to southern Alberta and check out the very informative Pioneer Acres Museum. Found in the town of Irricana, almost directly east of Airdrie, the Pioneer Acres Museum is spread across 50 acres of land, and is a premier area attraction. Visit with the family and easily spend a day exploring. 

The main theme at Pioneer Acres is: the preservation, demonstration, and display of artifacts and equipment by the earliest western Canada pioneers. Some of the exhibits include the Historic Long House, the Pole Shed, Pioneer Truck Museum, and the Red Barn. In early August, check out the annual Show & Reunion – The Old Show Where There's Always Something New. 

Mountain View Museum & Archives

Learn a bit about Alberta history with a visit to the Mountain View Museum & Archives. Located in Olds, it showcases a wonderful collection of 7,000 artifacts, more than 2,000 photographs and 14 meters of archived documents. Stroll through the 1920 AGT Building, to view the exhibits and learn about Mountain View County and southern Alberta. Register for a guided tour, to complete your educational journey through the museum.

Visit often to see what's new in the gallery or on display in the main hall. The educational programs offer a learning journey of Lone Pine and the Coming of the Railroad, The Battle of Olds and A Pioneer Holiday. Spend time researching family or area history in the Mountain View Archives where an Archivist is on staff to assist.

Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre

Set at the Leduc No. 1 historic site, the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre is an interactive museum set in northern Alberta near Leduc in the city of Devon. Established in 1997, the centre features artifacts, interpretive exhibits, and interactive oilfield equipment.

Owned and operated by the Devon Leduc Oilfield Historical Society, the centre is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours of the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre are available, as well as onsite festivals.

IHC Truck Museum

Found at Pas-Ka-Poo Park, the IHC Truck Museum is set in central Alberta between Edmonton and Red Deer. Located in Rimbey, the Smithson International Truck Museum features the “World's Largest Collection of International Trucks.”

The IHC Truck Museum’s famed truck collection includes 19 refurbished international half-ton trucks, plus a 1957 police car and ambulance, farm machinery and a parade truck. Don’t miss the license plate collection, and vintage photographs.

Heritage Park Historical Village

Set on the Glenmore Reservoir, Heritage Park Historical Village covers 127 acres within southwestern Calgary, set in southern Alberta. Known as the largest living history museum in Canada based on number of exhibits, the village more than 100 exhibits.

A late 19th and early 20th century living history museum, the Heritage Park Historical Village features historic structures, antique and horse-drawn automobiles, and period costumes. The village is divided into four parts: Hudson's Bay Company Fur Trading Fort, Pre-Railway Settlement Village, Railway Prairie Town, and Heritage Town Square.

Alberta Central Railway Museum

Great for history buffs, and set in the city of Wetaskiwin, the Alberta Central Railway Museum is set in northern Alberta – just south of Edmonton. The museum features an exhibition car, special events, a gift shop, and of course, train rides.

Historic train rides are held on the 1926 first-class observation-buffetsleeper known as Mount Avalanche. Open from May through September, the Alberta Central Railway Museum features events like Children’s Day, Alberta Central Railway Day, Ice Cream Festival, and Canada Day celebrations.