From June 2 to 8, it will be even more affordable for Alberta’s seniors to learn from and enjoy the photographs, fossils, artifacts and stories that have shaped our province. In celebration of seniors in Alberta, we are providing free general admission to provincial historic sites and museums to anyone 65 years of age or older throughout Seniors’ Week.
Note: Free admission does not apply to tour groups; fees for special programming at facilities still apply. Hours for most sites are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit alberta.ca for full details on hours, accessibility and directions.
Historic Sites and Museums
With guided tours, delicious cuisine and unique experiences, here’s a sample of what’s happening at Alberta’s heritage facilities.
Fort George and Buckingham House Provincial Historic Site — Elk Point (east of St. Paul)
If you have a passion for history, you will love the stories of these two fur trade forts during 1792. Take a guided walk on a winding trail through the aspen forest. Stand where the forts once stood and where history actually happened.
Frank Slide Interpretive Centre — Crowsnest Pass
Hear unforgettable stories of tragedy and resilience. You will learn about the 1903 Frank Slide through audio-visual presentations and interactive exhibits, and a walk on the trail through the actual slide.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site — near Fort Macleod
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that preserves and interprets over 6,000 years of Plains Buffalo culture. Through vast landscapes, exhibits, and diverse programming, learn about the cultural significance of this cliff to the Plains People.
Historic Dunvegan National and Provincial Historic Site — south of Fairview
History comes to life at four original, authentically restored and furnished buildings at Dunvegan. Enjoy the stories about Indigenous, fur trade, and mission life that our interpreters are waiting to share with you.
Oil Sands Discovery Centre — Fort McMurray
Discover the history, science and technology of the oil sands for yourself. It’s the closest you can get without boots and a hard hat.
Remington Carriage Museum — Cardston
The largest museum of its kind in the world, the Remington Carriage Museum tells the story of horse-drawn transportation in North America. The museum features interactive displays, horses, a working restoration shop, carriages, wagons, sleighs, and fun activities.
Reynolds-Alberta Museum — Wetaskiwin
Don’t miss the museum’s two new displays! Honda Motorcycles of the ’70s & ’80s showcases the technological development during this time, including the release of the world’s first superbike, the Honda CB750. Our Checkered Past: Racing in Alberta features six historic race-winning vehicles from its collection.
Royal Alberta Museum — Edmonton
The Vikings are here! Immerse yourself in 650 artifacts ranging from exotic jewels to three Viking warships. You can also feed your curiosity about Alberta’s human and natural history. Journey through millions of years — see thousands of objects, from dinosaurs and mammoths to tiny insects and glowing gems. Learn about Indigenous communities and the human history that shaped our province.
Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology – Drumheller
Visit the Museum to celebrate Seniors’ Week with a number of free events. Attend a special talk by Curator of Dinosaurs Dr. Donald Henderson (June 5). Catch presentations on key specimens in the galleries, or talk with Museum technicians about the fossils they are preparing (June 6). Learn about the latest palaeontological fieldwork and scientific discoveries! The Royal Tyrrell Museum is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site – Edmonton
This post-Edwardian 1911 brick mansion and its beautiful surrounding gardens have been restored to their former glory for visitors to enjoy. Experience the Rutherford tradition of hospitality and catch a glimpse into the past with costumed interpreters, guided tours, or enjoy afternoon tea at Vintage Fork restaurant.
Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site —Southwest of Red Deer
Experience the historically furnished 1927 home of Stephan G. Stephansson, Icelandic pioneer and one of Canada’s most prolific poets.
Turner Valley Gas Plant National and Provincial Historic Site — Turner Valley
Come explore Western Canada’s first commercial oilfield and the birthplace of Alberta’s petroleum industry.
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village — East of Edmonton
Step back in time at this open-air museum where vibrant costumed role-players depict early settlement in east central Alberta from 1892-1930. Check out our museum, hitch a ride on our horse-drawn wagon, or enjoy some authentic Ukrainian food. Don’t forget to bring your appetite!
Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site — South of Smoky Lake
Explore history that’s more than 150 years old at the mission and settlement that grew into a fur trading post, and eventually became the town of Pakan. Costumed interpreters bring the history of Victoria Settlement to life with engaging activities and diverse tours through two restored buildings nestled in scenic parkland.
Want to know more? Check out the events happening throughout Seniors’ Week.