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Best Local History & Culture in Banff

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Luxton Family Home

The Luxton family has long been known for their significant contribution to the community of Banff in the 1900s. After the death of Eleanor Luxton in 1995, the house was transformed into a history museum by the Eleanor Luxton Foundation. The Luxton Family Home remains a treasured local landmark and a remarkable example of a pioneer home in Banff. Inside, the walls are adorned with paintings, beadwork and photographs while the tabletops are laden with collectibles, antiques and artifacts that offer an insight into the lives of the people of Banff in general and the Luxton family in particular from the early- to mid-20th Century. The house is open to the public for a few hours each week during summer but can be visited by appointment outside open hours as well. Although no entry fee is charged, donations are accepted to aid the foundation in the preservation of this marvelous piece of local history.

Banff, AB, Canada
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Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies celebrates the arts and culture of the Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park. The Whyte's art collection reflects the evolution of visual arts in the Rockies, featuring many local artists. The history of mountain recreation, transportation and commerce, pioneering artifacts, Native Canadian materials and Japanese materials make up the museum's unique Heritage Collection. The museum shop offers a large selection of books, postcards and posters devoted to area's culture. Call ahead for more details.

Banff, AB, Canada
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Banff Park Museum

This wildlife model museum offers visitors a close glimpse of the area's spectacular and sometimes menacing wildlife and nature. Housing a taxidermy collection of Banff's indigenous animals, visitors can spy on cougars, grizzlies, brown bears, beavers and mountain goats; all set in recreations of their natural habitats. Wildlife related art, models, displays and a library of natural history are also here.

Banff, AB, Canada
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Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

This Banff museum celebrates the history and culture of the Plains Indians. Wander through the gallery and learn about their life, their contact with Europeans and their spirituality. This beautiful lakeside museum features displays of Native Canadian bead work and clothing, quill work, weapons and hunting implements, musical instruments and photographs. The life-size displays of daily life and special ceremonies are especially interesting.

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