Cultural Heritage Archive

Category: National Historic Sites

Banff Park Museum - National Historic Site of Canada

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Built in 1894, this was the first museum in Banff and included part of the house originally intended for the first Park Superintendent George A. Stewart. In 1903 it was replaced by a more sophisticated building designed by John Stocks, an engineer for the Territorial Government. Built in the rustic building tradition, it is the oldest natural history museum in Western Canada. The large central lantern is a distinctive feature of the building. From 1904 to 1937 a park zoo and aviary operated adjacent to the site in today’s Central Park.

Free for members of Friends of Banff National Park.

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