Sites, museums and archives open for summer

International Museum Day is on May 18. Share your favourite moments at one of Alberta’s historic sites, museums and archives throughout the week using #ABhistory.


The summer season begins May 15 as provincial historic sites, museums and archives open the doors or start summer hours.

From antique vehicles, Ukrainian dancing and vintage food, to dinosaurs and ancient bison-hunting culture, there is something for people of all ages.

There are many different things to do at Alberta’s 20 provincially owned and operated historic sites, museums and Provincial Archives.

Here are just of a few of the things you can do at Alberta Museums this summer:



The Vikings are here at the new Royal Alberta Museum

Check out the museum’s first international travelling exhibition, Vikings: Beyond the Legend, and then relax at the outdoor café, now open with the museum’s summer hours. 


Vintage food at the Provincial Archives of Alberta


Food and Community, the newest gallery exhibit, features historic images of how food brings people together. It opens May 22.


Tea time at Victoria Settlement


On May 19, celebrate Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday over tea and cake, and continue the tradition with Tea and Tales Tuesdays in July and August.


Hike an ancient trail at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump


Starting May 18, and every other Saturday throughout the summer, travel the ancient drive lanes and hear the stories of how the plains people hunted the mighty buffalo from Blackfoot guides.


Full week of fun at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre


Still looking for summer activities for your children? Summer science camps are now weeklong.



Spotlight on the past at Historic Dunvegan

Behind the Scenes exhibit includes an archeological dig experience. On May 18, you can join interpreters for a humorous and interactive outdoor show.


Feats with feet at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village


Step into an authentic early 1900s pioneer experience when the village opens its doors on May 18 and enjoy Ukrainian dancing at the Celebration of Spring on May 20.


Fast and furious at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum


Sports car enthusiasts will want to see the two new exhibits: Our Checkered Past: Racing in Alberta and Honda Motorcycles of the ’70s & ’80s.



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