Heritage Park Historical Village, one of Canada's largest historical villages, is divided into a pioneer Northwest Mounted Police outpost and a Main Street from 1910. The latter has a working antique amusement park, with rides that are safe even for small children. Other attractions include a working full-scale locomotive thundering through the park, and on the nearby Glenmore Reservoir, a vintage double-decker sternwheeler ship that takes visitors on lake cruises. Shops and restaurants are plentiful in the park, including a turn-of-the-century bakery. All park staff work in costume and character. Entertaining events for the whole family are scheduled year-round, including September's Fall Fair. The opening timing may vary for different experiences at the park.
One of Canada's great museums and Western Canada's largest, this treasure trove houses artifacts of the west, dating back to the first white settlers of the 1800s and the history of the area's First Nations. Visitors can take delight in exhibits that delve into the history of the region and its people, celebrating their lifestyles and art, and also that record contemporary life in western Canada. Along with permanent displays, the Glenbow Museum presents a variety of temporary exhibitions. Visitors also explore an art gallery and archives on site.
Located on the University of Calgary campus, the Nickle Galleries is one of the forerunners to modern art. It is known for conducting provocative exhibitions as well as enlightening programs, run and taught by University students. The museum opened in 1979 through the benevolence of Mr. Samuel C. Nickle, whose vision was to supply provocative contemporary art for public viewing that was accessible to everyone. The museum has been relocated to the Taylor Family Digital Library since 2011 and has been renamed Nickle Galleries. Since September 1996, The Nickle Galleries has also been the aiming at providing university students with education in the 'Cultural and Heritage sector'. The Nickle Galleries works with other departments at the University to promote learning, research and discovery.
Fort Calgary gives visitors a hands-on look at early Calgary life. Fort Calgary lies on 16 hectares (40 acres) of the riverside parks. The interpretive center reconstructs the original 1875 fort, a facility North-West Mounted Police built after being dispatched from the settled east to establish law and order among pioneers, and to stop the culturally devastating whiskey trade. Children will love trying on the officer's uniforms that have been laid out and exploring the interiors of the old prison. Visitors can grab a bite, or indeed a shot of whiskey at The Deane House, the on-site restaurant.
For those interested in war trivia and collectibles, visit this museum, one of the largest military museum in Western Canada. Stocked with artillery, planes and fine examples of the Canadian war effort, it includes many interesting rarities and artifacts. Stop by the gift shop and purchase a memento after a tour through the comfortable and well-appointed rooms. In 2007, new construction added a range of attractions, such as the relocated Naval Museum of Alberta, Air Force Museum, expanded archives, an art gallery, and Military History and Strategic Studies Center of Excellence. The museum also offers research facilities in cooperation with the University of Calgary as well as a range of lectures and educational programs. The museum relies heavily on community support to keep in operation, so cash donations can be placed in the drum located at the front entrance.
The Naval Museum of Alberta exists to "perpetuate the memory of men and women who have served in the Royal Canadian Navy" since its inception in 1910. The facility is Canada's largest naval museum and has been operating in Calgary since 1988. A number of interesting and exciting artifacts are on exhibition, including three beautifully restored 'Second World War wheelhouse', intricate ship models, several gun mountings and a periscope, which is always popular with the kids. Unique gifts are available in the gift shop; books, pins, badges and clothing. The museum offers special tours for schools, groups or individuals at exceptional rates.
The Chinese Artifacts Museum is located within the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, an entity aimed at celebrating and promoting Chinese culture in Calgary. The museum houses recreations of the various kinds of antiques. Visitors can marvel at the various life size exhibits like a majestic chariot connected to horses along with soldiers made of terra-cota. Immerse yourself in the handicraft items on display like the beautiful wooden objects, the porcelain and ceramic items and the texture and design of the elegant royal robes. This museum will leave you awestruck with the rich history that the Chinese locals in Calgary have on offer.
The Grain Academy Museum has been educating visitors about Canada's grains since 1981. This museum give its visitors an in-depth knowledge into the production, transportation and trade of grains. The exhibits replicate the whole interesting process, right from harvesting of grains to the delivery of grains at various stores. Visitors can try their hands at various interactive models, and browse through the rare artifacts, photos and videos that celebrate the farmer's pride.
Built in 1891 for Senator Lougheed and family, this beautiful sandstone mansion was once a political hub. Today, the house and its surrounding gardens have been restored and preserved to the original grandeur by the Lougheed House Conservation Society. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the house and gardens then grab a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant. The gift shop offers unique items that help support the historic home and make for great souvenirs.
A brainchild of art enthusiasts, Jim Hill and his wife, Susan, Esker Foundation opened its doors in 2012, giving impetus to the development of contemporary art in the country. Art works that go beyond the ordinary and break the regular patterns, are highly promoted here. The main gallery at Eskar hosts around four exhibitions annually. The Project Space is located on the ground floor and can be easily accessed by the street. This space is used exclusively to exhibit two and three dimensional work. Esker Foundation offers a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their creativity.