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Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada

Visiting the museum has been a traditional experience for generations of park visitors!
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Visiting the museum has been a traditional experience for generations of park visitors!

The oldest natural history museum in western Canada, the Banff Park Museum is housed in a monumental 1903 log building in downtown Banff, Alberta. The museum holds more than 5,000 natural history specimens collected from the park around the early 1900s, everything from bees to bears! This turn-of-the-century taxidermy collection continues to thrill visitors curious about the mammals, birds, insects and fish found in the Canadian Rockies.

The museum offers a unique chance to get up-close with some of the park’s iconic wildlife, while also glimpsing a Victorian-era take on natural history. The gorgeous architecture of the museum is an attraction in itself: huge logs of Douglas fir with large windows and lofty ceilings.

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Take advantage of free admission to national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas for the year.
High Season May 15-Oct. 15, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., daily. Low Season Oct. 16-May 15, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

  • Phone:(403) 762-1558
  • Address: 91 Banff Avenue, PO Box 900, Banff, AB, T1L 1A9
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