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Set in picturesque Muskoseepi Park, the Grande Prairie Museum is Grande Prairie's one-stop destination for local history.

Our galleries feature both temporary and permanent exhibits including the first homesteaders, and traders who contributed to the development of the Peace Region. Visitors can also explore a replica paleontological dig site featuring locally found bones of an Edmontosaurus. Items on display also include prehistoric stone artifacts used by the first Aboriginal people to settle this area, transportation artifacts including a replica train station, military displays and more.

The Museum offers a high level of accessibility and is suitable for all ages.

Our adjoining Heritage Village is open May through September and contains a wide variety of heritage structures from the Peace Region.

Location

10329 101 Avenue in Muskoseepi Park

Entrance and parking at 102 Avenue and 102 Street, just a short walk over the footbridge from the public parking near Mini Links mini-golf course.

Hours of Operation

Regular Hours:

Sep through Jun | Mon to Fri: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Sat & Sun: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Summer Hours:

Jul and Aug | Mon to Fri: 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Sat & Sun: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Grande Prairie Museum is open 7 days a week, year-round and admission is always FREE!

The Grande Prairie Museum is also open for special events during some statutory holidays with limited hours throughout the year. Please check here regularly and our Facebook page for special events and operating hours during holidays.

Museum Gallery Exhibits

Feature exhibit in the Mel Rodacker/ Isabell Campbell Gallery:

The latest exhibit at the Grande Prairie Museum titled “Making Their Mark: The Land Surveyor’s Role in the Peaceful and Orderly Development of Alberta” is highlighting the remarkable contribution the land surveying profession has made to the history of Alberta.

A central feature of the exhibit is a re-creation of an early surveying camp which tells the surveyor’s story through documents and artifacts. Local artifacts are also included, including photos from a 1912 survey through Grande Prairie and items from local surveyors.

Educational programs with several curriculum-based activities are also offered in conjunction with this exhibit. Students can learn the role surveyors play in everyday life through hands-on, engaging and meaningful learning experiences.

Land surveyors were often the first Europeans to visit much of Alberta, creating the boundaries of land parcels that allowed for the settlement of the province, including in Grande Prairie. In 1911, an early explorer described development in Grande Prairie as “a few buildings surrounded by fields with survey stakes everywhere.”

The exhibit is on loan from the Alberta’s Land Surveyors’ Association until May 2019.

Funeral Parlour

Another addition to the Grande Prairie Museum Gallery is a funeral parlour depicting one of Grande Prairie's longest standing businesses, Oliver's Funeral Home.

Chasing a Dream

A permanent exhibit showcasing artifacts and interpretive displays of the pioneer and early years of our community.

Bones and Stones

This unique area features a replica archaeological dig site of the Edmontosaurus and aboriginal artifacts.

Mural Exhibits

The gallery also features Mural based exhibits by Alberta mural artist Tim Hiemdal.

Interesting Facts and History About the Grande Prairie Museum:

1969

The Grande Prairie Museum first started collecting artifacts around 1969 and the Museum has approximately 55,000 items in their collection.

Doug Clarkson and Bert Tieman would travel around the countryside and when they saw something of interest in a farmer’s field they would go in and ask the farmer if they could have it. Some of the first collections that came to the museum belonged to R. Moody, H. Oxley, B. White, J. B. Oliver and H. Tuffell

Proper documentation of artifacts (accessioning) started around 1969.

All of the accessioning was done by volunteers. A large part of the accessioning process at the time was to hand draw pictures of the artifacts.

Some of the most elaborate drawings were done by Sharon Brooks. All files were hand written and organized using a card system using name, date and accession number cross reference process.

1971

Opened in 1971, the Grande Prairie Museum focuses on the people's history of the Grande Prairie region. 

1999

The first paid museum employee to work in Collections started in April 1999.

2005

The Museum uses digital photographs and a computer database to maintain their records.

2008

The Grande Prairie Pioneer Museum is operated by the City of Grande Prairie, Culture and Heritage Department

2018

The Grande Prairie Museum is operated by the Sports Development, Wellness and Culture Department, under the City of Grande Prairie

Items in the Collection

Approximately 55,000 items in the collection including:

  • Prehistoric era including rocks, fossils and bones with some items dating back 400 million years
  • Early to Modern Man that explores the evolution of different types of tools for the past 11,500 years
  • Items that depict early explorers that came to the Peace country
  • The fur trade
  • Survey equipment used to map this area
  • Items that tell the story of the early pioneers that came to the Peace country to take advantage of a perfect climate for growing some of the best grain in the world. These folks came from every corner of the world
  • The story of those that came later to meet the needs of the agricultural based economy. Doctors, store keeps, newspaper, blacksmiths, brick makers and teachers
  • artifacts that show the development of the lumber industry
  • The arrival of the railway and how it changed the lives of the people here

Upcoming Events & Educational Programming

Visit the event calendar for more activities and events. Check out our programming section for information about our public and educational programs.

Connect with us!

Phone: 780-830-7090 | Email:  culture@cityofgp.com | Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter

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The Grande Prairie Museum is also home to the
South Peace Regional Archives

 

Last updated: 12/4/2018 4:06:29 PM