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Explore Alberta’s history this summer

Explore Alberta’s history this summer
Explore Alberta's history, including an 'ancient' history stop in Drumheller. Photo: Royal Tyrrell Museum

Alberta’s provincial historic sites, museums and archives are kicking off their summer season with special programming, events and activities.

For the first time since 2019, all 20 of Alberta’s provincially operated sites will reopen to visitors. From fossils to the fur trade, poets to perogies and ammolite to airplanes, Alberta’s heritage comes to life with interactive and educational experiences for everyone.

“From Fort McMurray’s Oil Sands Discovery Centre to Drumheller’s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology – you don’t have to travel far to discover something of interest," said Alberta's minister of culture, Ron Orr.

Here's a sampling of what's on offer this summer in Alberta:

  • See vehicles from years past at the Royal Alberta Museum’s feature exhibition, DRIVE: Reimagining the Ride. Express your own creativity with hands-on family fun in the Tinker Garage with new activities every month.

  • Learn about the history of Ukrainian settlement in Alberta at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, east of Edmonton.

  • Explore Historic Dunvegan, near Fairview, with guided tours of the Revillon Frères fur trade store, the Hudson’s Bay Company Factor's House and the St. Charles Catholic Mission Rectory and Church.

  • Sign your children up for science camps at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre in Fort McMurray.

  • Discover the history of water transportation and the fur trade highways of Alberta in the new exhibit opening at Fort George and Buckingham House, close to the town of Elk Point.

Most seasonal historic sites are now re-opened. Confirm the opening dates and hours of operation by visiting each provincial historic site and museum’s website.

Purchase the Explore Alberta’s History Pass

The Experience Alberta’s History Pass offers an affordable way to visit all sites an unlimited number of times in one year, and is available for youth, seniors, adults and families. Passes are available at:

  • Frank Slide Interpretive Centre

  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

  • Historic Dunvegan

  • Oil Sands Discovery Centre

  • Remington Carriage Museum

  • Reynolds-Alberta Museum

  • Royal Alberta Museum

  • Royal Tyrrell Museum

  • Rutherford House

  • Stephansson House

  • Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

  • Provincial Archives of Alberta