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Edmonton Museums

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Located 10 minutes from the Edmonton International Airport, the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre is the 2013 Alberta Rural Tourism Champion award-winner for excellence in leadership, innovation, and accomplishments. The Discovery Centre at this historical site salutes the grit, determination, and success of the Alberta oil patch. The 23,000 square foot museum features award-winning films, a hands-on learning lab, a drill-bit virtual ride, over 200 exhibits, drilling rigs in action and examples of alternative energies of wind, thermal and wave. Guided tours must be booked a minimum of one week in advance. $10 Adult; $8 Senior; $6 Youth (7-17); $25 Family. Closed Nov - Feb. Feb - May, Sep - Nov: Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Jun - Aug: Daily 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre
A fun-filled attraction for all ages that salutes Alberta's oil patch success!
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Visitors to the University of Alberta Observatory can chat with astronomers currently undertaking research in astronomy. They will look through telescopes to get great views of the Sun (solar observing), or explore an array of deep space objects (evening observations).
BulletLoyal Edmonton Regiment Museum
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Two galleries dedicated to the history of Edmonton’s own infantry regiment as well as other units and military service from Central and Northern Alberta. Featuring pictures, documents and artifacts depicting all aspects of recruiting, training and overseas service. Admission by donation. Tue to Fri 10 am - 4 pm.
BulletStrathcona County Museum and Archives
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The museum features exhibits portraying Strathcona County’s natural and human history. Call for hours and admission.
BulletC & E (1891) Railway Museum
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Visitors to the museum can relive those first exciting days when the steam engines first arrived in Strathcona, bringing thousands of settlers to the area. The museum is a replica of the original station which served the community from 1891-1907 and features numerous railway and station artifacts as well as an extensive historic photograph collection. Summer hours (Jun thru Aug) Tues - Sun 10 am - 4 pm. Winter hours (Labor Day to May 31): by appointment only. Admission: suggested donation of $2 per person.
BulletAlberta Aviation Museum
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Relive Edmonton’s rich aviation history in the museum hangar at the city centre airport. Inspect the collection of vintage planes dating back to the 1920s, including aircraft from early commercial and bush flying eras. Aviation Gift Shop on-site.
BulletEdmonton Public Schools Archives and Museum
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Housed in historic McKay Avenue School, a Provincial Historic Resource and the site of the first session of the Alberta Legislature in 1906, the museum includes a 1920s classroom, a 1950s classroom and the restored legislative Chamber. Archival holdings date from 1881. Edmonton’s first public school, built in 1881, is also on site. Free admission. Winter (Sept - May)hours: Tue - Fri 12:30 pm - 4 pm. Summer (May - Sept)hours Tue - Fri 12:30 pm - 4 pm; Wed until 9 pm; Sun 1 pm - 4 pm; closed hol. wknds.
BulletUkrainian Canadian Archives & Museum of Alberta
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This museum traces the history of Alberta’s Ukrainian pioneers with exhibits of traditional apparel, musical instruments, costumes, currency, artifacts and folk art. Admission by donation. Tue to Fri 10 am - 5 pm; Sat noon - 5 pm.
BulletAlberta Railway Museum
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More than one hundred years of railroading in the west are reflected in over 50 major artifacts ranging from freight equipment,passenger cars and locomotives to an authentic railway station. Displays illustrate the Morse telegraph system, maintenance-of-way equipment and a work train. On Canadian holiday long-weekends you are invited to hop aboard a steam or diesel train for a nostalgic trip. Operating hours: 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week, from Victoria Day weekend in May until Labor Day weekend in September. Admission: $5 adults, $3.50 student/snr, $2 children (ages 3-12), train rides $4, speeder rides $1.
BulletTelephone Historical Centre
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Canada’s largest telephone museum features hands on and interactive displays recounting the history of the telephone from 1885 to present. Admission $2 donation. Tue to Fri 9am - 3pm; closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday and holidays.
BulletJohn Walter Museum
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The three original homes of early Edmonton entrepreneur John Walter are on display, featuring a number of free Sunday activities such as old-fashioned games, bread-making on a woodstove, and fun, games and lemonade.

Mar 14 - Apr 25 daily 1 pm - 4 pm; May 2 - Aug 29 daily 1 pm - 5 pm; Sep 5 - Dec 19 daily 1 pm - 4 pm; closed Jan - Feb. Admission by donation.

BulletUkrainian Cultural Heritage Village
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This unique outdoor living museum tells the story of Ukrainian immigrants and their settlement history in central Alberta from 1892 to the 1930s. Costumed role players recreating the lives of authentic pioneers and over 30 restored buildings bring history to life. Open daily from 10 a.m. 5 p.m., May long weekend to Labour Day. Located only 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Highway 16.
BulletThe Royal Alberta Museum
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Experience history like never before. From pictographs to petroglyphs to prehistoric plant-eaters… from Grizzlies and Golden Eagles to Bison and bugs… from Badlands’ Rattlers to Black Widow Spiders… from mountains and forests to the windswept prairie. Take the whole family on a journey of discovery… at the Royal Alberta Museum! Hear stories of survival and triumph spanning over 11,000 years in the Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture. Examine eons-old minerals, gems and rocks, and discover the forces that forged our planet in the Natural History Gallery. Take a look at giant walking sticks, stinging scorpions, and tarantulas the size of dinner plates – live and up close – in the Bug Room. Go on an unforgettable journey through the province’s breathtaking natural habitat in Wild Alberta. Open 9am to 5pm daily.

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