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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 November 8, 2015
Jim H
Calgary, Canada
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Westcliffe, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Artifacts were displayed in an interesting and artistic manner. Spacious areas offer non-crowded views. The staff was helpful and very friendly!

Thank nakaib
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

very beautiful cosy (if an appropriate word in this case) museum shown indian style of living, a lot of stuffed animals that good for identification of local wildlife. Nice little shop and welcoming hostess offering you hot drinks.

Thank Jane M
Brisbane, Australia
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Make sure you pick this museum to visit in Banff. The dioramas are extremely interesting, and the artifacts well displayed. Some of the photographs are very poignant showing the old ways being taken over by the white people. Make surevto see the Sundance display and read about it.

1 Thank jnhtravel
Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

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

Thank Verna K
Calgary, Canada
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

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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84 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 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 

3 Thank beckamy
Selborne UK
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18 reviews
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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 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 

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