Alberta Culture Days offers free admission to historic sites, museums

Posted on: March 29th, 2019 by
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CALGARY – Friday marks the start of Alberta Culture Days, a three-day festival celebrating history, art and the culinary industry across the province.

Created in 2008, the festival offers free admission to Alberta’s provincial historic sites and museums, plus family-friendly events and activities.

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“All of our provincial sites are free for the weekend so that’s how we kicked it off, but now you see such things as block parties in [Calgary’s] Inglewood and just things that’ve grown out of the ground, which is what we were hoping for,” said Minister of Culture and Tourism David Eggen.

Eggen emphasized the diversity highlighted in the different events, and said more than 100 will take place over the weekend in the Calgary area alone. The City of Edmonton is also offering free admission on Sunday at locations like the Prince of Wales Armouries, Fort Edmonton Park, and the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

For a full list of free City of Edmonton events on Sunday, click here

Watch below: Free admission day Sunday in Edmonton

For more information on Culture Days in Calgary, click here

For a full list of free Alberta Culture Days events across the province, click here

Highlights selected by the province include:

Head Smashed-in Buffalo Jump in Fort MacLeod: Free interpretive tours, demonstrations by First Nations artists and buffalo-themed culinary treats.

Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin: Step behind the velvet ropes with the special White Glove Tour of the museum, and you can make your own thaumatrope.

Frank Slide Interpretive Centre in Crowsnest Pass: Activities include an evening under the stars accompanied by a concert and presentation on the night sky by the Lethbridge Astronomy Society.

Oil Sands Discovery Centre in Fort McMurray: Activities include interactive exhibits and interpretive films at the Dr. Karl Clark exhibit.

“We have so much to celebrate here, both our history through natural history—cultural history as well—but also block parties, music festivals…Alberta has taken up the torch,” said Eggen.

Albertans can also use the Alberta Culture Calendar or download the calendar mobile app for iOS to plot their own Culture Days adventures from Friday to Sunday.


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