Calling all culture vultures! With numerous galleries and cultural centres, Lethbridge is home to a “crazily rich visual art community.” That’s straight from the mouth of Josephine Mills, the curator of the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery’s 15,000 piece collection! Keep reading and discover how you can enjoy our seriously vibrant culture scene!
There is so much to do and see — you may need more than one day to see it all! Check out our accommodations page for places to stay!
Southern Alberta Art Gallery
Housed in a historic building, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) exhibits dynamic work by renowned contemporary artists. While you might see paintings on the walls, these exhibits aren’t wallflowers. Artist-led discussions, Art NOW (one of the longest-running art programs in Canada!), and other creative programming keep SAAG vibrant and relevant.
Casa is a maker space, a cutting studio for artists, a performance venue, and an art gallery where locals and visitors can see the best of local art exhibitions. This unique new facility far surpasses the original vision for expansion and sets a new standard for interdisciplinary arts centres. It is about experimentation, incubation, learning and growing. Casa was built to serve a multi-generational community with varying art skill sets and interests in all disciplines of the arts.
Galt Museum & Archives
This one is for the history buffs! Get lost in time as you wander through the Galt Museum's rotating world-class (and really entertaining) exhibits. This is home to more than 1 million archival documents and photographs. Speaking of stellar snaps, the coulee-top view of the river valley and High-Level Bridge from their atrium is picture perfect!
In the river valley, right below the museum, is Fort Whoop-Up. Step back in time and discover the stories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), the fur trade, and whiskey runs at this interactive replica of notorious Fort Whoop-Up.
University of Lethbridge Art Gallery
From knitting noon hours and a drawing bar, the University of Lethbridge (U of L) Art Gallery offers fun ways to connect with their 15,000-piece collection. The gallery hosts rotating exhibitions throughout the year and a special summer exhibition to ensure all are welcome. Although currently closed due to COVID restrictions the Art Gallery is worth waiting for!
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden
Experience traditional Japanese culture in Lethbridge. From the first spring blossom to autumn colours and bright winter lights, the Garden offers you a world apart. As you step through the gates, you’ll discover the vital role Japanese Canadians have played in Southern Alberta while being in a place of pure tranquillity.
New West Theatre
Get ready to laugh out loud… a lot! New West Theatre brings its unique mix of hilarious comedy and encore-inspiring musical numbers to the (newly renovated!) Yates Memorial Theatre. Plus, a season of varied theatrical productions means you’re sure to be entertained any time of the year.
Looking for more ideas for your next trip? Check out our Visitors' Guide!
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