Our galleries feature both temporary and permanent exhibits for visitors to immerse themselves in.
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.
Replica Edmonton, Dunvegan & British Columbia Train Station
Get the feel of an old-time train station and try our model trains.
Chasing a Dream
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, aboriginal artifacts, and fossils, rocks and minerals found in the area.
Throughout the Gallery our exhibits are enhanced by many murals by local artist Tim Heimdal.
Items in the Collection
Approximately 55,000 items belong in the Grande Prairie Museum's overall collection, including:
- Prehistoric era rocks, fossils and bones including rocks, fossils and bones with some items dating back 400 million years
- Artistic display showcasing a wide variety of local Indigenous stone implements, some dating back 11,500 years
- Items that depict early explorers of the Peace County
- Fur trade artifacts
- Survey equipment used to map this area
- Collections showcasing early settler items of every description: medical, communication, education, industry and businesses
- Historical lumber industry items
- Items depicting the history of the railway and its impact on the community