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Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

1 Birch Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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Ranked #12 of 21 Attractions in Banff
Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums
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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.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This museum isn't really covered in the guidebooks but it's an undiscovered little gem. We spent a couple of hours there one freezing day and we loved it. It was great to learn about the First Nations and some of the artefacts there are amazing. We'd definitely go back and the woman who runs it is charming!

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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I recently visited Banff and took the time to visit this Museum. The exhibits are extremely well put together and the collection of animals on display is amazing. I personally found the old photos and the historical write up's very interesting. The Museum covers the history of the area and it's tribes in a thorough manner and the staff are... More

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Canmore, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

It is an interesting place for those who wants to see some history of native Indians rather than reading. Place needs a renovation and more description. I would recommend as it is few mins walk from almost anywhere in Banff.

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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Kind of tired displays but a nice pass of time if you have a bad weather day. Appears to need some building improvements to repair from the elements. Wanted to support as it benefits the Native Americans.

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Visakhapatnam, India
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94 reviews 94 reviews
21 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Very interesting place to visit especially to those who want to know how life and people were before colonisation. The daily life, the occupation, family life, religious festivals and rituals of the First Nation were well depicted in the shape of life size mannequins. It is in the walking distance to many hotels.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

very interesting and the staff was so friendly and helpful. we enjoyed the time we spent there and would recommend you stop in while in Banff. you won't be disappointed.

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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140 reviews 140 reviews
23 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Well worth a visit . The displays of costumes were amazing . You can even help yourself to tea and coffee before you leave .

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Gold Coast, Australia
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112 reviews 112 reviews
57 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Very interesting place to visit. Spend about an hour there. There are lifesize manequins depicted in all phases of Indian life, from hunting to campfires, to the sundance, to family life. It's brilliant. The museum houses glass cases of artifacts that are spectacular - clothing, warbonnets, weapons and tools of all kinds. There's also a good souvenir shop.

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Saffron Walden
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The museum is very well laid out and offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of First Nations people. There is something for all ages of visitor.

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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

It was good to find this place and learn about the buffalo and native Canadian people, Lots of interesting artifacts on display, but lacking information of what they are... need more descriptions, and more lights in the exhibits (lots weren't working). Good way to spend an hour or two, but could be much better.

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