Starting on the May long weekend, Alberta Culture and Tourism’s historic sites and museums will be open for the summer. From Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump near Fort McLeod to the Oil Sands Discovery Centre in Fort McMurray, there is one near you!
For a complete listing of all provincially-owned historic sites and museums and their hours of operations please click here.
Want to experience all of the historic sites and museums in the province? You can with the Experience Alberta’s History annual pass that will get you unlimited admission to our network of provincial historic sites and museums for one full year.
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To kick off the summer season, here are just a few May long weekend events to check out:
May long weekend events
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village: Celebration of Dance on Monday, May 18
On May 18, prepare to be dazzled by Ukrainian dancers from across the province for one of Alberta’s largest Ukrainian dance extravaganzas, Celebration of Dance, as we kick off the opening weekend at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village.
As always, costumed role players will be out and about bringing the season to life by recreating the daily activities of Alberta’s Ukrainian settlers from 1890-1930. And don’t forget about the delicious, authentic Ukrainian food prepared by the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society.
Royal Tyrrell Museum
Check out the new Fossils in Focus exhibit opening May 16 at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. The museum’s collection of fossils is vast and diverse. This rotating exhibit will highlight some of the museum’s most remarkable and scientifically significant fossils, chosen from the tens of thousands of specimens in their collection.
Historic Dunvegan: Amphitheatre Entertainment, May 16 and Sunday Funday, May 17
Looking for a little comical relief whilst taking in beautiful scenery? How about an entire day filled with family activities? Then Historic Dunvegan Provincial Park is the place for you this May long weekend.
Located in the heart of the stunning Peace River Valley is the perfect getaway for a Saturday afternoon of amphitheatre entertainment. These humorous and interactive outdoor performances are put on by seasonal staff who are sure to entertain you. Catch the first show of the season this Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m.
If you’re searching for something the entire family can do, be sure to check out Sunday Funday at Historic Dunvegan, May 17. Enjoy a day packed with family-friendly fun by bringing a picnic, touring the historic buildings and enjoying a special activity such as a game or colouring centre.
Busy this weekend? Well, don’t worry! Victoria Settlement has a special event for you following the May long weekend.
Take a trip to Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site on May 24 where this year, on Queen Victoria’s Birthday, they are celebrating the 150th year of the HBC Post named “Victoria” after the Queen.
Join them at 2 p.m. for afternoon tea and birthday cake and learn the story of the Victoria Post Clerk’s House and details of its restoration. There will be various historic activities and games throughout the day.
To get in touch with any Government of Alberta historic site, interpretive centre or museum call toll-free from anywhere in Alberta, dial 310-0000, then the full number of the heritage facility.