Southern Alberta is as rich in history as it is rich in coal, prairies, and agriculture. There's so much to be learned not only from our perspective of the past, but perspectives of those from the past! These museums help to take all the information and knowledge we can gather from the past, with the context of the present, and bridges the gap of our understanding. We can learn so much from history, and these museums are the best places to do it in Southern Alberta.
The Galt Museum and Archives
The Galt Museum and Archives has worked since 1964 to tie us all back to the history that has brought us here. Their collections span across not only Southern Albertan history, but Canadian and also global history, with the discovery hall featuring many interactive displays. There’s no better place in Lethbridge to look into the past.
Fort Whoop-Up is a replica fort sitting in the river valley of our city. The fort itself was one of the first points where Americans found themselves heading once the whiskey trade was outlawed in Montana. What would later ensue would not only shape our area, but help to shape the greater identity of Canada we know today. Learn all about the incredible and integral history of our cities river valley at the Fort Whoop-Up Museum!
Fort Macleod Museum of the NWMP and First Nations Interpretive Centre
The Fort Macleod Museum of the NWMP and First Nations Interpretive Centre is one of the most immersive North West Mounted Police museums you’ll find in all of Canada. The Museum is made up of 8 buildings where more than 9,000 artifacts and the museums archival collections can be found. These are also some of the oldest buildings to remain in the town on their original sites.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Centre
Head-Smashed-in Buffalo Jump World Heritage Centre is unlike any of the other museums in Southern Alberta. The museum itself has won not only awards, but the hearts of many of its visitors as well. The centre itself tells the story of and shows the immense love and care the Indigenous People of the Canadian Western Plains had for the land they lived on, and the bison they followed. The centre does not shy away from not only the beautiful, but also tragic details of this story, and offers a truly singular Southern Alberta experience.
The Lethbridge Military Museum
Learn all about Lethbridge and the people of our city who have fought to keep it a safe and free place to stay. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, there’s something to be gathered and appreciated from our cities past and present participation in keeping our country safe. From 1899 to present day the military museum has all the information in their displays to keep you engaged for hours.
Coyote Flats Pioneer Village
Coyote flats is a historic farming town with an old timey heart. The Pioneer village features well maintained historic farm houses, along with a general store and Prairie Tractors and engines from multiple eras of agricultural development. Make the trip out to see some incredibly antique tractors and see how farmers used to do it!
Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur & Heritage Museum
Devils Coulee is the place to go to get prehistoric and learn about the rich history that lies under our feet in Southern Alberta. The museum features an exhibit room with some fossils, as well as a cast of the dinosaur egg that is held at the Royal Tyrell Museum. The museum also offers dig site tours and summer camps for kids during the summer months.