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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 #18 of 32 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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Provo, Utah
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Among the more interesting small museums I've visited. Four of us (all adults) spent a couple of hours there and we all loved it. An earlier TA reviewer found it mostly for children, so we were a bit reluctant. But I couldn't disagree more--kids may like it, but it is seriously aimed at adults. It was interesting and very informative.... More

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

this place was realy interesting i enjoyed the exibits of the natives and it gave you an idea of how they had lived years ago.the shop was lovely and the free coffee went down well.

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Very good exhibits - a little small but worth a look. We had the benefit of a first nation guide who was very helpful and surprised us with the truth about these amazing people.

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canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 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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11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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14 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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51 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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