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Address: 1 Birch Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A8, Canada
Phone Number: 403-762-2388
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This natural history and Canadian First Nations museum is named after...

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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What residents of the US call Native Americans, in Canada are called First Nations, the plural meaning different tribes. In this case, Buffalo Nations, though bison is the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2015
Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

What residents of the US call Native Americans, in Canada are called First Nations, the plural meaning different tribes. In this case, Buffalo Nations, though bison is the acknowledge name of the bovine-like creatures commonly and incorrectly referred to as buffalo. (Where the deer and the buffalo roam fits the pentameter better than bison.) Our 37-member tour group company had... More 

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Yorkshire, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

This is a great place to visit for someone from overseas who knows so little of the First Nation's ways and customs. We got talking with one of the directors of the museum and he was So entertaining and knowledgeable we could have been there all day. A good $10 well spent.

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San Diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

I personally love Native American beaded clothing and other artifacts but unless you share that passion, there is not much to this museum collection to interest you, hence my "average" rating. The beadwork was beautifully done on a wide variety of clothing and the tepee scenes with mannequins was educational as to the lifestyle.

Thank CalBMWRider
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

The First Nations Museum in Banff is a must see! A wonderful collection of qenuine artifacts, and educational tour into the history of a great people. The museum is most informative for children and adults. Definitely worth at least two hour visit, especially if a tour is being offered. .

Granite Bay, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

If you want a Native American historical perspective of the Banff, then don't miss this museum. Beautiful artifacts and art work.

Thank Bud A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

I was surprised by the excellent diorama's and many artefacts this museum had to show. I was impressed!!!

Thank Walter V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

This was a great museum! We hadn't originally planned to stop here, but saw it on the way to Cave and Basin. It was about $10/person ($9/senior). A lot of original artifacts, as well as historical information on the local native tribes. Give yourself at least an hour, if not more, to enjoy this museum.

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Lincoln, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

I found this museum to be very well documented. The decoramas were life like and even small details were taken into exhibit. Many beautiful workd of art showing the details of bead work, leather work, weaving, especially baskets. Detailed information about life and culture of first nation people

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Bunbury, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

On tour in Banff and decided to visit this museum. We had limited knowledge of First Nations history and while the museum is not extensive it does provide a significant overview of the tribes history with plenty of artefacts, photos, drawings and life size images of people and animals. The museum is well worth a visit. Gift shop had a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I found this to be quite expensive for what there is to see. There are some very good diarama's, but there is only 4 rooms to see, and even if you stretch it out, you're out the door in 20 - 25 minutes.Gift shop is very interesting, but seriously overpriced.

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