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“They could do so much better!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum
1 Birch Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A8, Canada
403-762-2388
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Ranked #12 of 22 Attractions in Banff
Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums
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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.
Edmonton, Canada
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“They could do so much better!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

I'm sad that I'm writing a bad review about this place. I had reasonably high expectations considering the other museums in Banff. I find First Nations history very interesting, but this was such a disappointment. I mean I really don't understand how so many people thought this was interesting. I was falling asleep. This place needs a major reno- all the taxidermy looks ancient and dusty, and the presentation of the clothing and artifacts was boring as all get out. I like the idea of how they have the layout, because you start at one end and end at another. It's almost begging to be set up like a story! I'm no expert but I feel like if they set up the history of the culture in a chronological exhibit with the animals spread throughout it would attract a lot more people and get them educated! Also, those mannequins need a serious update. Some of those were seriously creepy. I really hope that some change can come to the museum- it has so much potential for being awesome. And then maybe their 10 fee would be a bit more justified (and maybe then they could charge a little more?).

Visited July 2013
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“Good info on 1st nations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Excellent exhibits with good accompanying information. free coffee at the end was a good idea and not usual in museums.

Visited August 2013
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“A Native View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

This museum is run by and about the native 'Ist Nations' people. Very interesting and worth a visit.

Visited July 2013
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Hamilton Parish, Bermuda
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“Reality Check”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We stumbled upon this museum while walking back from the nearby Cave and Basin National Historic Site. It was never mentioned by our concierge or others. The Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum offers a very comprehensive display and engaging exhibits of the First Nations' experiences and their culture. It shed a different light on the Banff area and the life of the indigenous people of the area. This is a must-see!

Visited July 2013
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Sun City West, Arizona
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“Impressive Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Our group of 38 had a personal tour led by Helmer. I don't normally hang in there to listen to talks but he was very interesting and had many stories to tell at each diorama. He surprised us by playing a most unusual instrument that was a combination of a bow and his own mouth. After the tour of that area, we were released to enjoy the many artifacts in the rest of the museum. We are a group of photo enthusiasts and the cameras were clicking away. Having the personal tour made this museum a good stop.

Visited July 2013
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