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Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum
Ranked #20 of 79 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.
Edmonton, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Small Museum with Character and a Nice Gift Shop”
Reviewed October 12, 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Really quaint & intersting place.”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

If you have an hour or two to kill, then this is a nice way to spend it. Entrance is $10Can with a complementary coffee. Well worth a visit to see original Indian craft and clothing.

Visited September 2013
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Essex UK
Level 6 Contributor
260 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Enjoy the history of the first nation”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

We really enjoyed alla spects of this museum and we love learning about how the indignenous people lived before Europeans arrived. The hisotory was well told and included large number of static displays that helped with the overall experience. Well worth a visit and inexpensive.

Visited August 2013
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Bedford, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
367 reviews
147 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
“Worth a visit!”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

The museum tells the story of the lives of the First Nations people - how they lived & their customs etc. There is an amazing map showing just how many different tribes lived all over Canada & the USA (hundreds!). What it doesn't tell is where are they all now?
We found it very interesting.

Visited September 2013
Thank Caryl1948
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