Our galleries feature both temporary and permanent exhibits for visitors to immerse themselves in. Visitors can find a wide variety of displays, including a replica paleontological dig site featuring locally found bones of an Edmontosaurus, prehistoric stone artifacts used by the early Indigenous people to settle this area, transportation artifacts including a replica train station, military displays and much more.
Feature exhibit in the Isabel Campbell/Mel Rodacker Gallery
Toys can define a generation or an epoch. The pioneer who settled the Peace had different toys from the ones we want today. Come and explore over a hundred years of toys, dolls, books and games. We have toys dating back to 1914, but if you remember troll dolls, Hands-Down, Etch-a-Sketch, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, Zhu Zhu Pets, G.I. Joe, Lego and Barbie you’ll see something in this exhibit to bring back happy childhood memories. The exhibit also features the latest toy technology with a new state-of-the-art interactive projection Lumoplay game.
The exhibit is open in the Campbell-Rodacker Gallery of the Grande Prairie Museum in Muskoseepi Park. Be sure to check this exhibit out and don’t be surprised if you're one of the people who says ”I had one of those”! For more information, call the museum at 780-830-7090.
September to June:
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
July & August:
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Metis Giving Tree
This Metis tradition has been recorded by the artist Leah Dorion, who learned of it from a Metis Elder. Long ago there was a large, old, hollow Manitoba Maple tree ideally situated halfway between two isolated Metis settlements. Travelers would stop under the tree for a rest and would often leave articles inside the hollow of the tree. Those who were in need could help themselves, but they would have to leave something in return. Sugar, flour, tobacco, tea, and letters, even moccasins, might be found inside the tree.
For generations this tree was used as a message centre and emergency supply stash. It was a symbol of honesty and respect. It demonstrated the Metis way of being kind, generous and helpful to others. This Christmas Metis Giving Tree was created in the spirit of sharing Metis pride.
We invite you to carry on this tradition by leaving presents such as new winter clothing, crafting materials, hygiene products or non-perishable food items under the tree, which will be donated to the Native Counselling Services of Alberta’s Women’s Sharing Circle.
This unique area features a replica archaeological dig site of the Edmontosaurus, aboriginal artifacts, and fossils, rocks and minerals found in the area.
Showcasing artifacts and interpretive displays of the pioneer and early years of our community.
Throughout the Gallery, our exhibits are enhanced by many murals by local artist Tim Heimdal.
Get the feel of an old-time train station and try our model trains in our replica Edmonton, Dunvegan & British Columbia Train Station.
Items in the Collection
Approximately 55,000 items belong in the Grande Prairie Museum's overall collection, including:
- Prehistoric era 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