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Best Local History & Culture in Edmonton

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John Walter Museum

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.

Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Rutherford House

Be transported to the elegance of Edwardian 1915 in the fully restored home of Alexander Rutherford- Alberta's first Premier. The Rutherford House is one of the most beautiful structures of the city. Guides dressed in period costumes and interpreters demonstrate aspects of daily life from the period and describe important events that occurred in the politician's house. There is an on-site gift shop. You can experience Edwardian dining in the Arbour restaurant, which is run by the Friends of Rutherford House. Hours vary seasonally, but the restaurant hours are constant. Visit the website for varying dates.

Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Fort Edmonton Park

Explore Edmonton's beginnings as a fur trading post at Canada's largest living museum. Walk around recreations of life in Edmonton as it was in 1846, 1885, 1905, and during the Depression. Learn how a beaver hat is made, see the way children lived on the homestead, get your picture taken in the historical style, and visit an old-fashioned soda fountain. There are also annual and special events like the children's Easter candy hunt that are sure to delight visitors of all ages.

Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Leduc #1 Museum + Energy Discovery Centre

This museum showcases the history of the crude oil generation in Alberta and tells the story of those who worked hard in the Black Gold business. Visitors can take a self-guided excursion through the museum to view exhibits that include a range of photographs and artifacts. For those who would like a more in depth, experience, guided tours are also available. Housed on the actual Leduc-Woodbend Oilfield which was the major source of crude oil in the early 20th-Century, this site was designated a National Historic Site in 1990.

Devon, AB, Canada
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