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“Absolutely fascinating museum of First Nations people that should be publicised more by Banff Tourism” 5 of 5 stars
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Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum
1 Birch Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A8, Canada
403-762-2388
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Ranked #27 of 72 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.
Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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“Absolutely fascinating museum of First Nations people that should be publicised more by Banff Tourism”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

This little museum is chockfull of very interesting artefacts, photos, tableaux, history descriptions and a value for money souvenir shop. We spent couple of hours and it was sad that the government has not supported this museum more as it seems to be run on a shoestring budget. So sad to see the roof leaking during a rainy day. It is not even well publicised by Banff tourism so pitiful that this important part of Canadian heritage is being completely ignored and underfunded. It is well worth a visit and free coffee is also included in the comparatively small entrance fee.

Visited July 2013
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“Be careful,don't go soon as it opens.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We arrived at the museum at 10:30 and realized it opened at 11:00 came back at 11:15 the doors were locked, went to the gift shop and asked why the museum wasn't open yet here exact words were ''they can be inconsistent with there hours she was very helpful,Went back to the museum at 11:30 for our last try the doors were locked very unprofessional please add your hours please.

Visited January 2014
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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“First Nation Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Visited museum as part of an organised tour of Banff. A First Nation guide entertained us with his explaination of the displays depicting traditional scenes and as an encore played a traditional instrument. The rest of the museum was just as interesting. Well worth a visit we spent about an hour and a half there and was able to take in all the exhibits

Visited September 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Delightful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

What a delightful place to visit. The staff member at the front desk was friendly and eager to please, quick to offer free coffee and postcards. The displays inside were fascinating old artifacts from a number of different tribes, not just the ones from the Banff area. A lot of the displays did not teach me anything new, but there were some surprises, such as a map of Canada/U.S. before the Europeans, with so many borders spiderwebbing the continent that it was hardly recognisable. Even the things that were old hat were still interesting. I would heartily recommend this museum.

Visited October 2013
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San Jose, California
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“Small Museum with Character and a Nice Gift Shop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

The museum across a bridge from Banff downtown, behind an Indian trading post. We stopped there on the way back from major attractions such as Banff Gondola. It is worth a stop for nice view from the front of the museum and the selections in the gift shop. We bought a nice T-shirt and a ceramic plate paying much less than would have in downtown one couple hundred yards away.

Visited October 2013
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