Explore Alberta’s history on May long weekend

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Days are getting longer, the weather’s getting warmer and with a long weekend ahead of us, it’s the perfect time to take a look at what provincial historic sites and museums have planned for 2019!

Seasonal sites are opening this week, and many have special events and experiences to immerse you in our history and heritage. Take a look to start planning your weekend road trips, and stay tuned for roundups of activities through the summer.

Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site

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A Victorian Birthday

Come celebrate Victoria Settlement’s namesake, Queen Victoria, on May 19. We’re donning our tea party clothes, dusting off the fine china, and celebrating Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday over tea, cake and birthday cheer.

Reynolds-Alberta Museum

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Discover how vehicles have shaped life in Alberta throughout history, and experience first-hand vintage bikes, planes, automobiles and more! Two new displays are opening May long weekend:

Our Checkered Past: Racing in Alberta

See exceptional race cars and motorcycles – don’t miss the Wheeler Dealer dragster!

Honda Motorcycles of the 70’s and 80’s

More than 35 Honda Motorcycles from the ‘70s and ‘80s will be on display, showcasing this period’s unprecedented vision and innovation in the motorcycle industry.

Provincial Archives of Alberta

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From the Provincial Archives of Alberta gallery exhibit, Food and Community

At the Provincial Archives of Alberta, the doors are open for you to see Alberta in a different way, year round.  The newest gallery exhibit, Food and Community, is opening on May 22. This photography exhibit features images from the holdings of the Provincial Archives of Alberta and shows how, over the years, food continues to bring people together.

Royal Alberta Museum

Have you visited Vikings: Beyond the Legend yet? Wield a sword, spell your name in runes, row a warship in the largest touring exhibition of Viking artifacts in the world. 650 artifacts, including a replica of the famed Jelling Stone and the largest Viking warship ever found, share the stories of the legendary Viking Age.

RAM is open late Thursday and Friday nights throughout the summer. Grab a bite on the café patio, now open.

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

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Celebration of Spring

The season kicks off at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village on May 18. On May 20, enjoy a Celebration of Spring. Dance groups from across Alberta will perform new and traditional dances on the Bandshell Stage, and visitors can try out traditional spring activities on the farm with the costumed interpreters

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Starting May 15, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week! On May 18, public programs start on weekends: explore the badlands and search for fossils on guided hikes, cast your own fossil replicas, dig for fossils, and build a replica dinosaur skeleton.

Historic Dunvegan

Amphitheatre entertainment

Join Historic Dunvegan interpreters for a humorous and interactive outdoor theatrical presentation on May 18. Participation by donation.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site

Join a hike to the ancient drive lanes with a Blackfoot guide, every other Saturday starting May 18. You will hear stories of how the plains people hunted the mighty buffalo. Be prepared for an off-trail hike and dress appropriately for inclement weather. Bring lunch and a water bottle. Register in advance as space is limited. This program is not recommended for small children. Regular admission plus $10 program fee per person.

Plan your summer vacation in Alberta!

Pay one admission fee and enjoy all the provincial historic sites and museums with the Experience Alberta’s History annual pass. Then, stay at a nearby Alberta Parks’ campground to enjoy the great outdoors for an authentic Alberta experience.

Share your moments during #MuseumWeek

May 13 to 19 is #MuseumWeek, a worldwide celebration of culture on social networks. The week ends with International Museum Day on May 18. Share your favourite moments at Alberta’s historic sites, museums and archives throughout the week on social media, using #ABhistory or tag us on Twitter: @AlbertaCulture!


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