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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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Description: 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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a fascinating insight into the First Nations history

Found this by accident whilst exploring Banff and were very glad we did. Spent a couple of hours wandering around and talking to a great guide who answered our questions and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
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Alicante Province, Spain
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Calgary, Alberta
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64 reviews 64 reviews
21 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The reception is questionable - the older lady at the desk was extremeley rude and does not know the meaning of customer service. When asked if there was a washroom after shopping in their gift shop for over 15 min I was advised as I was not paying to see the exibit I could not use it - hmmmm. Thus... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Take your time to read the information provided for each exhibit and build up your own mental picture of a lifestyle full of hardship and survival. A warm welcome from the guy on reception and a free coffee on a cold February day. Pick up free literature and for anyone wanting a reminder of the visit there is a small... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

this is an excellent example of featuring the first nation lifestyle and there surroundings a century ago. Very impressive models and authentic closing. Definitely a must go.

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Tasmania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The museum itself is interesting and the entrance fee acceptable. Unfortunately we came at the wrong time - the lady at the entrance must have had a bad day and we were dumbfounded at her rudeness. On the positive side we managed to attach ourself to a group who got a tour of the museum by a very friendly and... More 

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Annapolis MD
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34 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Interesting exhibits of the Native Indians. The fee was around 10 CAD. There was a small gift shop. You should plan on less than an hour's time. If you are coming from The Cave and Basin, Birch Avenue is to the left as you're driving down Cave Avenue going towards Banff downtown.

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Alicante Province, Spain
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Found this by accident whilst exploring Banff and were very glad we did. Spent a couple of hours wandering around and talking to a great guide who answered our questions and made the visit even more interesting. Some of the items could have done with clearer explanations but it is well worth visiting.

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Kingston, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The price was about $10, which was worth it. The first room looked like it was going to be paintings but there were stuffed animals (like buffalo, horses, wolves, etc) and statues in settings like a teepee, hunting, ceremony, etc. There were also diaramas (sp?), clothing, weapons, tools and more on display. The souvenirs were overpriced but there were some... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

A few minutes walk from Downtown Banff, offers a glimpse of First Nations history. The place needs a little bit of improvement and could provide labels or descriptions on some artefacts. A good place to spend an hour or two. They also offer complimentary tea or coffee.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

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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Ontario
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29 helpful votes 29 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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