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“Very interesting for family”

Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum
Ranked #21 of 85 things to do in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This natural history and Canadian First Nations museum is named after Norman Luxton who once operated a trading post in the Banff area. Come in for a tour of what life was like for First Nations before settlers came and then view authentic First Nations artifacts, borrowed from both personal collections and the Glenbow Museum. Tours of the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum guided by staff who are local First Nations. Ask questions, learn and experience something truly Canadian.
Reviewed 19 July 2014

We found the exhibits very interesting and informative. There also was a man who performed when we were there, he was very good and had a great sense of humour. I would suggest a visit if you like to learn about First Nations.

Thank Mommabeetle1
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

I very much enjoyed our visit to this quiet museum, which we thought gave a better and more balanced view of recent history - particular the lives and culture of first nationals,
The exhibits were well presented, interesting and informative. Certainly thought provoking and we particular were in awe of some of the hand crafted exhibits.
Our only gripe was there not being, at the time of our visit, any written guides that we would purchase, partly as a souvenir and partly as a more in-depth source of information

Thank lybu
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

The museum is located at 1 Birch Avenue, across the river, just south of town. Admission to the museum is $10. That included a hot drink (coffee or hot chocolate it seemed).

There were a number of displays in the museum. It included a great deal of Native North American clothing, daily life items and cultural items. There were stuffed/preserved animal displays throughout the museum. There was also a section of Buffalo Nations artwork. A large gift shop was also located in the building.

The museum was a good rainy day activity, but the $10 admission seemed a little steep compared the the extensive displays and artwork at the Whyte Museum for only a suggested donation of $5. The Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum should be a must stop though if you have kids. I would imagine my 4 year old niece would have just loved the place even though it wasn't quite the museum experience I was looking for myself.

Thank Jay R
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

A trip to the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum will not be the highlight of your stay in Banff. The museum is basic and a little depressing as the gaze of hundreds of dead ungulates (deer, elk, moose etc.) eye-you from the walls, and sad looking taxidermy depict a depressing era.

In saying that, the small amount of information provided is extremely interesting and covers a portion of history in The Canadian Rockies not often explored - the 'first nation natives'.

Museum entrance requires a fee of $10, but don't worry, because you'll hardly be enticed to purchase anything from the tacky gift shop.

If you really enjoy museums then it's worth a visit, but I personally don't highly rate this attraction.

Thank B3NJ1
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

This museum to the original people of western Canada has many exhibits, both of items and dressed figures posed to show scenes from the life of the tribes. What it seriously lacks is information. Is there a significance to the variety of pipes smoked in different tribes, how much did design of clothes depend upon on resources and how much was traditional fashion, and so on. No guide book offered, no audio guide. Pity because so much work has gone into creating the museum.

Thank AlandeWalden
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