Historic sites and museums open for the summer

More than 18 provincially-owned historic sites and museums are open for the May long weekend until the end of the summer season, during the Labour Day long weekend.

For evacuees of the Alberta wildfires, regular admission fees will be waived at provincially-owned historic sites and museums until September 5. Evacuees will be required to provide photo identification or a postal code as proof of residency for family admission. We hope access to our sites and museums provides an opportunity for displaced Albertans to enjoy some activities together during this difficult time.

In 2015-2016, a total of 889,860 people visited provincial heritage facilities ranging from Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump near Fort Macleod to the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin. For a complete listing of all provincially-owned historic sites and museums and their hours of operations please click here.

Season Opening Dates

  • May 15 through Labour Day Weekend (Sept.5):
    • Victoria Settlement (near Smoky Lake), Stephansson House (near Red Deer), Father Lacombe Chapel (St. Albert), Historic Dunvegan (near Fairview), Fort George and Buckingham House (near Elk Point), Brooks Aqueduct (near Brooks), and Leitch Colleries (Crowsnest Pass).
    • Royal Tyrrell Museum extends hours for the summer season from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until Aug.31;
  • May 21 through Labour Day Weekend (Sept.5):
    • Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (east of Edmonton). The Village will mark its opening weekend with their annual Celebration of Spring event on May 23.
  • Sites open all year round:
    • Provincial Archives of Alberta (Edmonton), Reynolds-Alberta Museum (Wetaskiwin), Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (near Drumheller), Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (near Fort Macleod), Frank Slide Interpretive Centre (Crowsnest Pass), Remington Carriage Museum (Cardston), Rutherford House (Edmonton) and Lougheed House (Calgary), Oil Sands Discovery Centre (Fort McMurray — *currently closed due to Alberta wildfires.)

Please note: the Royal Alberta Museum is currently closed while it prepares for its transition to the new downtown building, currently under construction. The museum closed its galleries on Dec.6, 2015.

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