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The Banff Park Museum National Historic Site is located in downtown Banff, Alberta, in the heart of Banff National Park. The museum is 128 kilometres from the nearest major city of Calgary, Alberta (1.5 hours by car; direct bus service also available).

The museum contains more than 5,000 specimens. It can be explored in as little as 30 minutes or visitors can spend hours admiring the vintage taxidermy and other historic exhibits.

Getting here


91 Banff Ave
Banff, AB T1L 1K2

The Banff Park Museum is located on Banff avenue, just before the Bow River bridge, in the centre town. Park at Central Park or on nearby Buffalo Street. After visiting the museum, stroll along the Bow River Trail.

Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply.
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Quick facts

  • The Banff Park Museum is the oldest natural history museum in western Canada, with 5,000 vintage specimens dating back to 1895.
  • Built in 1903, the graceful log building housing the museum is the oldest maintained building in any of Canada’s national parks.
  • A highlight for many visitors is the museum’s collection of early 20th-century taxidermy, from stuffed cougars and bison, to bears, elk and deer, to eggs, bees and a cabinet of curiosity.