Explore the oldest natural history museum in western Canada. Get face-to-face with Rocky Mountain wildlife! Located in the heart of downtown Banff, the Banff Park Museum houses more than 5,000 vintage botanical and zoological specimens — from bears and bighorns, to birds and bees. The Banff Park Museum shows us how natural history was understood in Canada near the end of the Victorian era. Built in 1903, it is the oldest surviving federal building in any Canadian national park.

Hours of operation

Saturdays and Sundays, and Holiday Mondays
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed December 25


Complete schedule


Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply.

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