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“Secret gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum
1 Birch Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A8, Canada
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Ranked #21 of 65 things to do in Banff
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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.
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Secret gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

This museum as noted elsewhere should be better known, as a museum dedicated to the First Nations people's its excellent. Many interesting exhibits laid out inside what from the outside looks like a Wild West fort. Animals and their relationship to the First Nations people's, their tools and equipment and a good account of how they lived and still exist as a nation within a nation.
There is an area inside for drinks and snacks, but the store is a little poorly represented, of course 100 yards away is the buffalo nations trading post so I suppose the museum can be forgiven for being poorly equipped, but I would have prefered to buy on site, and assist when they don't appear to get as many visitors as the site deserves.

2 Thank Gareth W
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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355 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“What a find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This museum was our most pleasant surprise about Banff. Its very well laid out and we learned a great deal about the Buffalo Nations. I wish it were more publicized as there weren't many people there. They have a good thing going.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank barbgoodkin
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288 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
“A good collection of First Nation artifacts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

This museum is managed by people of the First Nations, and has a nice collection of artifacts.

Ancient customs are furthermore depicted by mannequins, and although the museum building itself could use a renovation, the collection is worth the visit for those who are interested in the history and lifestyle of the first peoples.

The museum also has an rather big shop.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank TravelcrazyAntwerp
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Benalla, Victoria, Australia
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I loved this museum as I wanted to see a bit of the First Nation history. It didn't disappoint although the people at the front desk weren't overly welcoming which was a bit of a disappointment.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank Lee W
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Luton museum don't miss it !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

I like the memorabilia from the first nations and was blown away by the signed treaty. We were o fortunate to meet a first nation gentleman who performed music for us and his bow made music! He made it sound like a digireoo, hoof beets, train, a helicopter, it made our visit truly sensational

Visited September 2012
2 Thank Jayne D
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