Kids at AB Museums
15 Alberta Museums
Here are 15 museums scattered across the province for you to explore and enjoy. Stay near these museums with a booking at over 40 Best Western hotels:
1. heritage park historical village
Located on the Glenmore Reservoir, Heritage Park Historical Village covers 127 acres within southwestern Calgary. Explore what is known as the largest living history museum in Canada, thanks to the village being more than 100 exhibits.
A late 19th and early 20th century living history museum, the Heritage Park Historical Village showcases historic structures, antique and horse-drawn automobiles, and period costumes. Enjoy strolling through the village, which is divided into four parts through Canadian history: Hudson's Bay Company Fur Trading Fort, Pre-Railway Settlement Village, Railway Prairie Town, and Heritage Town Square.
2. lougheed house
Originally built as the Beaulieu House, the Lougheed House is a National Historic Site of Canada landmark. Found in Calgary’s Beltline District, this National and Provincial Historic Site and Museum was formerly a residence, women’s training centre and military barracks, and clinic.
Guided and self-guided tours are available. Enjoy exploring the Lougheed House Gallery and the Lougheed House Gardens.
3. camrose & district centennial museum
Head to the northern city of Camrose and browse thousands of artifacts detailing the legacy of Camrose and its impact in northern Alberta at the Camrose & District Centennial Museum. Set across thirteen structures in downtown, the museum features historic buildings and replicas in the downtown district.
Enjoy visiting buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries, including the 1898 Pioneer Log House, the 1907 Likeness School, and the 1908 St. Dunstan's Church. A must-visit is the Camrose Firehall. the Afterwards, go a little forwards in time to stop by a Camrose Canadian newspaper office and the World War II army barracks of the Old Timers Hut.
Historic AB Museum
4. camrose railway station & park
Built as the Canadian Northern Railway Depot, the Camrose Railway Station & Park features artifacts, kid-friendly programs, and real trains from the era. Visitors to the museum are free to browse the Morgan Garden Railway and Meeting Creek Railway Station, alongside 12 wonderful heritage gardens including the Children’s Secret Garden.
Children programs include A Day in the Life of the Railway, and Caring for Our Planet, while museum events include the Annual Garden Tour & Victorian Luncheon, Tribute to Prairie Women, and Founders Day Festival at the Station.
5. esplanade arts and heritage centre
The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, located in Medicine Hat, comprises of galleries of art, theater performances and historical displays. Stop by any day of the week to view the various weekly exhibitions or take up a workshop or program to learn more about art drawing techniques.
Whether enjoying an afternoon ballet in the Theatre or spending time in the Archives and Museum, there is plenty to do. The Discovery Center and Education Outreach Programs offer a wealth of information.
6. mountain view museums & archives
With a large collection of more than 7,000 artifacts, the Mountain View Museum & Archives stands proudly in Olds. Register for a guided tour or take a self-guided tour through this hallmark of Mountain View County.
Don't forget to explore the more than 2,000 photographs, educational programs covering the history of events like the Battle of Olds and the Coming of the Railroad, and extensive archive on the history and people of the southern Alberta city.
7. Alberta sports hall of fame & museum
Located right in between Calgary and Edmonton in Red Deer, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum displays an extensive collection of sports memorabilia and hands-on exhibits. Also shown throughout the 7,000 sq. ft. museum for your viewing pleasure is the Hall of Fame Gallery, the multi-sport Virtual Visual System, and the Treadwall climbing wall.
Don't forget to view the collection of photographs and artifacts in the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame and the Ice and Snow Galleries. The golf putting area and the virtual basketball, hockey, soccer and football are also fun attractions in the museum.
8. sunnybrook farm museum
Calling itself "A Farm like Grandpa's," the Red Deer Sunnybrook Farm Museum strives to be a source of education on the evolution of rural life in central Alberta and celebrating the early days of Alberta farming.
Visitors to Sunnybrook embark on self-guided tours or are entertained by one of the farm's professional interpreters during a tour of 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.
9. IHC Truck museum
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.
10. rocky mountain house museum
Open throughout the year, the Rocky Mountain House Museum symbolizes the pride and history of 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.
Visitors are also encouraged to stop by the Rocky Museum Gift Gallery for local literature, cookbooks, and art.
Historic Museum Artifacts
11. alberta central railway museum
Great for history buffs, and set in the city of Wetaskiwin, the Alberta Central Railway Museum is a charming destination in northern Alberta. The museum features an exhibition car, special events, a gift shop, and 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.
12. reynolds-alberta museum
The Reynolds-Alberta Museum, also located in Wetaskiwin, has featured 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.
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.
13. wetaskiwin & district heritage museum
The Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum 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.
14. royal Alberta Museum
Explore the depths of Edmonton and check out the Royal Alberta Museum. Established in 1967, this museum was originally known as the Provincial Museum of Alberta. Enjoy a look back at some of the most iconic moments in Alberta history.
Don't miss out on a tour of the Government House, a top attraction on the grounds of the Royal Alberta Museum. Opened in 1913, the Government House was the official home of the Lieutenant Governors of Alberta.
15. Alberta Aviation Museum
When you visit the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton, you'll have the chance to see over 40 different aircraft on display. There's a long and storied aviation history in Alberta – you'll want to visit and learn as much as you can. There are also 50 display cabinets and exhibits you'll spot on your tour.
Don't miss the Aircraft Restoration Area, you'll want to experience the Cockpit of a Cold War Jet Fighter, and there are designated areas for kid's birthday parties and activities.