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The telephone is an instrument that is taken for granted today, but 100 years ago it was cutting edge technology. Telephone Historical Centre's collection of telephones dates back to 1885; it is the only one of its kind in Canada. In fact, if you need spare parts or repairs for your antique telephone, you may find what you need here. School and children's programs are regular features, and emphasize a hands-on approach. Admission is by donation, while, for groups it is USD2.
Explore the home of John Walter, one of Edmonton's early settlers and industrialists. The John Walter Museum is open to the public on Sunday afternoons. School programs, workshops, birthday parties and other such activities are regular features during the week. A total of three houses of the icon, the museum takes you through the life of John Walter in pictorial form, also features furnishings from the time period and an artifact collection. Admission is free.
During June and August you can travel back in time to see what Old Strathcona's railway station was really like. Operating since 1982, Calgary & Edmonton (1891) Railway Museum takes you back in time where you can experience the lifestyle in the 19th Century. The museum is home to a working telegraph service, which was the main method of communication in the early days and also features furnishings, photographs, railway souvenirs, clothing from that time. Though there is no admission price, donations are gratefully accepted. The museum also has frequent guided tours for the enthusiasts. Calgary & Edmonton (1891) Railway Museum can also be visited by appointment in the winter.