Museums

 

Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site

Restored to its 1927 appearance, Stephansson House offers visitors a look at Alberta’s Icelandic heritage and the life of pioneer and poet Stephan G. Stephansson and his family.

Born in Iceland in 1853, Stephan G. Stephansson brought his family to Alberta in 1889. They settled in what is now the Markerville area. Here, Stephansson spent his days farming and his nights writing.

Head to this historic site and meet one of the costumed interpreters who will guide you through what life was like in the 1920’s. This unique experience allows you to wander through the home and view original furniture and personal items that once belonged to Stephansson and his family.

Stephansson House is opened from 10 am to 5 pm daily beginning on the long weekend of May and continuing until Labor Day weekend.

 

Didsbury Museum

Situated in the town of Didsbury, the Didsbury Museum was established to tell the story of the settlement, founding, and development of the community in and around the town of Didsbury from the 1800’s to today.

The building was built in 1907 and has been a school, a temporary hospital, and a training area during World War II. In 1982, the building became the Didsbury Museum. In the summer of 1997, it was designated as a Historic Building.  2006 brought the name “The Old Red Brick School House” to the museum thanks to the Historical Society acquiring the title.

The museum has various collections to view. Some of them include:

  • Historical photos of the town of Didsbury, people, building, and school classes
  • Didsbury newspapers from 1908 to present day
  • Artifacts from the homestead days, clothing, household items, and farming equipment
  • Military uniforms, badges, supplies, and artifacts from service clubs
  • And much more!

 

Danish Canadian National Museum & Gardens

Come take a stroll through history along naturally forested paths, the wind blowing through the trees and birds singing all around you. See how Viking Ships were built and view one up close and personal. Experience how early Danish settlers lived by visiting the Thomsen Pioneer Cabin. All this and more is available to you at the Danish Canadian National Museum and Gardens.

This location became a certified museum in 1988. Since then, they have made sure to keep with tradition in their exhibits.  View Jens Munk roses in the museum gardens. See a Neolithic burial chamber built out of stones and learn the history behind this method. Wander through exhibit rooms showcasing a dormitory room from the Verbena Dormitory for Women, see if you can find Danish roots in your family in the Immigrant Exhibit Room, or learn the history behind Hans Christian Andersen and his writing.