Discover our history and learn how it shapes modern-day Alberta.

The Royal Tyrrell Museum is a paleontologist’s paradise in the scenic Badlands.
Get face-to-face with dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

Where the bonebed is a hotbed of science

Drumheller is known as the dinosaur capital of the world. It only makes sense to build a museum where the fossils are found. The Royal Tyrrell Museum opened in 1985 and is home to, among other things, the most complete tyrannosaurid skeleton in the world, the best-preserved armoured dinosaur and the largest fossilized marine reptile ever found. In short, it’s a pretty cool place to spend a day.

Explore the Royal Tyrrell Museum

Edmonton’s Neon Sign Museum sheds a little light on the city’s history.
Make a joyful noise at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, in Calgary.

History comes alive when you visit the places where it happened

Get a contemporary take on history by visiting one of the many historic sites around the province. These include archeological sites, buildings and sacred spaces. They offer a sweeping view of Alberta history. What’s more, when you get out into the fresh air, there’s no way history can be stuffy and boring. 

Heritage Park preserves a slice of the past in modern-day Calgary.
The Atlas Coal Mine gives visitors a chance to go underground.
The museum is housed in Medalta’s former production facility.

Featured historic site

Medalta in the Historic Clay District

This museum and Medicine Hat community hub is located in the former production facility of Medalta Potteries. It turned out all manner of ceramics from 1916-1954 that are now valued by collectors. The museum features a breathtaking array of these works and sits alongside a production facility that is home to an artist-in-residency program.

Explore Medalta in the Historic Clay District  

The S.S. Moyie lets visitors to Heritage Park feel the breeze on their faces.
It’s hard to beat the views offered by the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.