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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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Good spot to fill in a couple hours

We stopped in on a cool morning for something to do till it warmed up outside. Very good exhibit of local native culture.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Jim H
Calgary, Canada
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fun and informative, lots of artifacts and depictions of life among First nations peoples of the area

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in on a cool morning for something to do till it warmed up outside. Very good exhibit of local native culture.

Thank Jim H
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80 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We have been to Banff several times and never tire of visiting this museum. It is run by First Nations staff and is authentic in every way. They have a wonderful display of everything connected to their heritage, I especially love the displays of beadwork and embroidery. The staff are all friendly and helpful and there is a small gift... More 

1 Thank beckamy
Selborne UK
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This museum gave a great insight into the life of the 'First Nation' of Canada, particularly of the Indian tribes in the Banff area. Exhibits and paintings brought the past to life in a remarkable way.

1 Thank ReindeerSelborne
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Lots of attire from the 1800 forward of first nations people and NWMP. Great dioramas of a buffalo jump and other things that were a integral part of life for the tribes back in the day. A little pricey but worth it to me.

1 Thank Don G
Pacific Grove, California
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330 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

What a contrast with the Whyte Museum! Lots of interesting stuff here but poorly displayed and labelled. So often, we wanted to know what this was or more about it, but it just wasn't there. Maybe this shouldn't be called a museum but just acknowledge that it's mostly the collection of one man, but no one with cataloging or exhibition... More 

1 Thank RuNanS
Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

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 

1 Thank DeanMurphy2020
Yorkshire, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 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.

1 Thank Alli_Ram
San Diego
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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.

1 Thank CalBMWRider
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19 reviews
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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. .


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