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Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

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Address: 1 Birch Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A8, Canada
Phone Number: 403-762-2388
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Interesting display

This museum is an interesting expose of the history of the local First Nations people. It is only $10 entrance fee which includes a tea or coffee when you finish. There are films... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Margaret D
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is an interesting expose of the history of the local First Nations people. It is only $10 entrance fee which includes a tea or coffee when you finish. There are films to show the role that the bison played in their history. There are dioramas showing their lives, clothes donated to show how they used the products available... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here because a friend was interested in it. It is run from the profits and donations. It has a lot of displays and history about the Buffalo Nations, teepees, traditional dress, stuffed animals etc.. We found it really interesting, it's not overly large but you could spend around an hour here. It only cost about $10 CAD per... More 

Thank sm05060
Quadra Island, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy ro find and very well displayed. Lots and lots of easy to follow information. Well presented and places to sit and observe some beautiful pictures

Thank rodaholiday
Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent, cultural and informative. Some interesting artefacts and information. Set close to the river Bow, beautiful surroundings and easy stop off point on the way to Cave and Basin museum. Recommended.

Thank ssbz
Frisco, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a personal guide for the museum which was excellent. We were on a tour and a program with dancers was presented. The museum tells the history of the First Nations Indians in this area. Gift shop is small but adequate. If you have time in Banff it would be a good stop. Complimentary tea and coffee.

Thank Laurence M
Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A large museum with many exhibits, wished there was movie to discuss the culture and tribes. They also provided free tea and coffee upon leaving.

Thank Kim G
Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

This museum is a comprised of original artwork and artifacts mixed with replicas and reproductions. Extremely informative and with plenty of written explanations on rituals and tools. A must-see for fans of Longmire who have always wondered about the roots of that self-flagellation scene. (I'll just leave that there.) But not too gory for the kids and very educational.

Thank VagabondingWithKids
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

We have native in our family tree and my daughter really wanted to go to the museum. $10 for adults $5 for kids. A little pricey... but my daughter loved the exhibits. It was very beautifully laid out. The whole thing was very impressive. We really enjoyed the museum. However the gift shop is way too expensive. Everything they are... More 

Thank Kerry M
Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

A massive museum with large exhibits giving a great insight into the lives and history of the First Nations of the area. The museum looked interesting from the outside, with its fort-like appearance, and the inside didn't let us down. The shop was well priced and the free drink at the end was very welcome. Well worth a visit.

Thank Axford1975
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

The Fort is amazing.. It is like the Tardis...Built of all wood it is amazing and the dioramas depicting the First Nations stories are great. I learnt a lot.

Thank Lisa S

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