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Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

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Address: 1 Birch Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A8, Canada
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+1 403-762-2388
11:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 17:00

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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This is a fun thing to do very interesting in museum informative about the First Nations way of life ,clothing and general living conditions the poor women really had it hard... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Sue S
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a fun thing to do very interesting in museum informative about the First Nations way of life ,clothing and general living conditions the poor women really had it hard. Stuffed animal set in scenes and videos

Thank Sue S
Okotoks, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great place to learn about Canada's history. The displays about yesteryear were very informative. The portraits and paintings of the First Nation's people were really good.

Thank tonyfishercymru
Banff, Canada
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Thankfully we had a free ticket to the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum and visited there just after we visited the White Museum. We have been to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington and were a little disappointed with that so were looking forward to visiting this one and hoped it was better. Living in Banff I see... More 

Thank Leigh1980
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

If you are interested in learning about the First Nations, this museum is ideal. Apart from the typical museum exhibits in display cases - such as clothing made using beads, feathers and porcupine quills - there were life-size scenes using stuffed animals, including a team of dogs pulling a sled. There were also two separate screens showing videos, all of... More 

Thank 457SharonB
Medicine Hat, Canada
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

This was a great history lesson on the culture of those indigenous to this country. It was a step back in history.

Thank full_instructor
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum is a great museum featuring exhibits and photos of various indigenous peoples of the region. The exhibits are well done, the photos are amazing and the museum features a nice gift shop and very friendly, accommodating staff. My wife and I both recommend you visit the museum next time you're in Banff.

Thank Bill M
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This was ok. It wasnt the best exhibit we saw in Canada however it gave us a sense of some of the history of the local area.

Thank Chris W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Since I last visited Banff about four years ago this small museum has had a facelift. There is now an extra room and more exhibits. The film show gives a good history of the First Nations in the area up to the present day. The exhibits are fascinating and the staff are very helpful. I spent an hour here but... More 

Thank AitchHW
Cork, Ireland.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

A very interesting museum, and the staff are very friendly and informative. Highly recommended to visit during your stay in Banff.

Thank Irishcouple2
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

Our kids enjoyed this small museum with displays of indigenous life. Small but informative, a lovely way to spend an hour or so learning a bit about the life and culture of locals.

Thank Sonja64Sydney

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