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Banff Park Museum National Historic Site


Western Canada’s oldest natural history museum, Banff Park Museum offers visitors a chance to browse some 5,000 vintage specimens – from stuffed bears to minerals and plants. A visit to the “University of the Hills” is a great way to get an up-close look at Banff wildlife and see how natural history was interpreted a century ago. Plenty of interactive and kids’ activities – including the Xplorers Club.

Featured Activities

Explore 5,000 Vintage Specimens
Nicknamed the “University of the Hills,” the historic Banff Park Museum houses more than 5,000 vintage specimens – from stuffed bears to minerals – collected mainly during the early 1900s from around Banff National Park.  



The Xplorers Club and Other Kid-Friendly Fun at the Banff Park Museum
With its lifelike stuffed animals and hands-on natural history exhibits, the Banff Park Museum is a favourite among kids. Youngsters can even join the Xplorers Club, completing a checklist of fun activities to earn a free souvenir.  



Other Activities

Ever stare down a grizzly bear? Taste the wild by exploring the oldest natural history museum in Western Canada. This turn-of-the-century taxidermy collection continues to thrill visitors to Banff National Park curious about the mammals, birds, insects and fish found in the Canadian Rockies. Relax and curl up with a book in the Reading Room of this architectural showpiece or view wildlife videos in the interactive Discovery Room.

Suggested length of visit: 45 minutes
Location: 91 Banff Avenue, next to the Bow River Bridge & Central Park, Banff, Alberta
For up-to-date information call (403) 762-1558
Other visitor services: Information/Interpretive attendants on duty; washrooms in Central Park; ample bus and car parking nearby
Peak seasons : Summer

Parks Canada Heritage Gourmet App - A Curious Flapjack

Bring Canada's national historic sites and the best of Canadian heritage cooking into your home with the Parks Canada Heritage Gourmet food app. Embark on a culinary journey through Canada’s rich history and across Canada’s vast territory by trying out the recipes – which have been updated for modern cooks - and reading the stories in this app.