Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

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Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum
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Natural History Museums • Educational sites • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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This natural history and Canadian First Nations museum is named after Norman Luxton who once operated a trading post in the Banff area. Come in for a tour of what life was like for First Nations before settlers came and then view authentic First Nations artifacts, borrowed from both personal collections and the Glenbow Museum. Tours of the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum guided by staff who are local First Nations. Ask questions, learn and experience something truly Canadian.
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Iva V
243 contributions
This was a great way to see the native Indian wardrobe and other artifacts. It must have been updated for COVID because there was a mannequin also wearing a face mask. There was a video but only a sofa that one person was monopolizing so we didn't stay to watch it. Would be great with kids.
Written 10 August 2022
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tomboy57
Pittsburgh, PA59 contributions
Couples
Disappointing. Photos, manequins and a few artifacts. Nothing that compelling if you have any experience with these kinds of venues. Felt to me like a "gotcha" operation.
Written 3 August 2022
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Sharon R
Tucson, Arizona240 contributions
The family own the site and there are amazing artifacts. The guide had tons of interesting facts. Loved the bead work and some of the history.
Written 18 June 2022
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466Richard789466
Toronto, Canada499 contributions
Couples
Very interesting museum. Lots of interesting displays showing ancient, recent and current history. Some videos showing storytellers and other Indigenous people talking about their history, including in Residential Schools. Very good gift shop.
Written 8 October 2021
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Susie D
Waterloo, Canada12 contributions
Second visit for me, a self guided small tour. This museum has lifelike exhibits and depictions of how First Nations folk lived and worked in centuries gone by. It includes many original tools, headdresses and skins. It is informative and clean. The gift shop is well presented and supplies Art, giftware, trinkets, jewelry etc., made by locals.
Staff are helpful polite and friendly.
Written 22 September 2021
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ValChesna
Grande Prairie, Canada54 contributions
Family
My daughter and I enjoyed the museum, there were all sorts of first nations clothing, beef work, etc. Good way to spend some time
Written 3 August 2021
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Suzanne Clark
Greater London, UK45 contributions
Couples
It was great to get to visit this museum. There was a lot of information and it was super informative.

It’s important to learn about the history of the land and the native people. It was only $10pp so we felt it was great value for money.
Written 10 March 2020
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Paul T
Rowde, UK224 contributions
Couples
When I first came in 1983 this building was not there, only the First Nation trading place which had numerous Buffalo Nation trinkets.
So when I saw there was a museum I was eager to visit. I had visited one in New York last year and was left a bit disappointed as there was nothing about there early history but the New York had some great information on their First Nations involvement with the First, Second and subsequent wars.
As a British Army veteran, I was looking forward to reading about the Canadian Buffalo Nations involvements with operations, as I know many served and paid the price for my freedom. Unfortunately there was nothing I could find which is a great shame. The Buffalo Nations should be proud and tell their story, if they don’t tell it no one will. I know it’s not a big museum but the only person in there was the lady behind the counter of the shop, it would have been nice to chat to someone from the Buffalo Nation to talk to, maybe even have some showing some original crafts.

The information and artefacts are really great and it’s a cracking museum which combines old and new technologies and gives you a feel of their traditions. I would have liked to ask weather you all worshiped the same spirits etc, how has traditions changed, do you still teach your languages and survival skills . It is good that you had a display showing the modern side and influences on fashion, but I wish you would have a little more information on the Buffalo nations past, present traditions and future. I will return again in a couple of years and hope to be able to read and see more.
Written 18 February 2020
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Laura H
Strathmore, Canada28 contributions
Family
We enjoyed this museum as a family. A portion of the museum was closed so it was 50% off admission - it kept us out of the cold and we got to see some beautiful displays, and was worth the discounted rate. The dioramas and displays of beadwork/quillwork/etc were wonderful samples, suitable for explaining the culture and lifestyle to our kids, a 4 and 9 year old. The displays lack descriptions, although the clean, open displays were easy to look at. The interactive feature that taught how to say hello in different indigenous languages was a favourite.
Written 15 January 2020
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637kristyo
5 contributions
Solo
I admit to being a Native American culture buff so was excited to visit this museum. I stepped back in time when I walked in - but not in a good way. There were no explanation boards about the history of people and this area. Only the typical Native American tribal wear - again with no explanation. No docent to explain what I was looking at. The taxidermy and dioramas were clearly from the 70’s if not earlier. So out of date and very tired looking. There was an entire room about a high end designer from the area ( I think anyway) but again no clue was he was, what era he worked in or his ties to the local tribe.
I sadly left this museum disappointed and having learned no more about the area Native Americans than when I walked in. This was such a poor representation of the local Native Americans that they either need to close it or step up to plate and do a minor rehabilitation of the place.
Written 5 January 2020
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