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Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

1 Birch Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
403-762-2388
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Ranked #20 of 33 attractions in Banff
Type: Natural History Museums, History Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This museum has preserved the cultural heritage of the Buffalo Nations-The attire, the utensils used, weapons made from crude materials Yet very functional are all displaced. The beautiful beaded workmanship ( beads were brought into the country from Italy by the early European settlers-The natives weaved them into beautiful designs and these adorned their footwear, weapon sheaths, Saddle for the... More

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Shanghai, China
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

On a dreary morning, we stopped by at the Luxton Museum and were lucky to catch the 11 a.m. guided tour througout the museum exhibits. Our guide was an elder of one of the First Nations, who was able to regale us with wonderful stories and great explanations behind each exhibit that was displayed with great care. During this hour,... More

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Surrey, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We found the exhibits very interesting and informative. There also was a man who performed when we were there, he was very good and had a great sense of humour. I would suggest a visit if you like to learn about First Nations.

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Milton Keynes
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I very much enjoyed our visit to this quiet museum, which we thought gave a better and more balanced view of recent history - particular the lives and culture of first nationals, The exhibits were well presented, interesting and informative. Certainly thought provoking and we particular were in awe of some of the hand crafted exhibits. Our only gripe was... More

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Parker, Colorado
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74 reviews 74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The museum is located at 1 Birch Avenue, across the river, just south of town. Admission to the museum is $10. That included a hot drink (coffee or hot chocolate it seemed). There were a number of displays in the museum. It included a great deal of Native North American clothing, daily life items and cultural items. There were stuffed/preserved... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

A trip to the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum will not be the highlight of your stay in Banff. The museum is basic and a little depressing as the gaze of hundreds of dead ungulates (deer, elk, moose etc.) eye-you from the walls, and sad looking taxidermy depict a depressing era. In saying that, the small amount of information provided is... More

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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50 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This museum to the original people of western Canada has many exhibits, both of items and dressed figures posed to show scenes from the life of the tribes. What it seriously lacks is information. Is there a significance to the variety of pipes smoked in different tribes, how much did design of clothes depend upon on resources and how much... More

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Portland, Oregon
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27 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This is a wonderful (if somewhat small) museum detailing the culture of the Plains People in and around Banff. Some good dioramas, great depictions of plains life, interesting weaponry and good historical descriptions. Plan a couple of hours.

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Perth, Australia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
46 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This museum gives you a lot of history of the first nations people. Displays of the local animals and other displays as well. It was $10 entry fee.

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Quebec City, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

this place has undergone a restoration and the crew is still working towards a positive future for the coming together of nations and peoples who have survived here in the plains and rocky mountains for hundreds of years this place has undergone a restoration and the crew is still working towards a positive future for the coming together of nations... More

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