International Museum Day
On Saturday, International Museum Day will connect the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, Grande Prairie Museum and Heritage Discovery.
Free celebrations will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all three facilities along with free shuttle services every 30 minutes. The shuttle starts at 9 a.m. from the Heritage Discovery Centre and 9:40 a.m. from the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. The last shuttle will leave Wembley for the Grande Prairie Museum at 3:40 p.m.
An exhibit-themed craft and scavenger hunt will guide guests through the galleries at each facility. In addition, the Grande Prairie Museum is opening the Heritage Village for the 2019 summer season on this day, while the Philip J. Currie Museum’s theatre will feature $2 movies as part of the celebrations.
Guidebooks and shuttle schedules for the International Museum Day celebrations are available at the participating museums and Grande Prairie Regional Tourism in Centre 2000. Information is also available at Philip J. Currie’s website.
The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie is also celebrating International Museum Day this Saturday. The gallery will offer four current exhibitions and activities for all ages in the Carlstrom Family Green Space as well as special sales for one day only. Current exhibitions include “Kiskayetum,” “Glamour and Vapours,” “Mercury” and “13 Dux.”
The County of Grande Prairie opened its campgrounds Wednesday for its 2019 summer operations.
Although Pipestone Creek Park is fully booked, other campgrounds—such as Hommy, Bear Lake and Kleskun—still have availability. Call to reserve and pay by credit or debit card.
Schools and large groups are asked to call ahead when using county day-use facilities and can book exclusive access for full or half-days.
More information on county campgrounds is available through the county’s website and by calling the county’s Parks and Recreation Department at (780) 532-9727.
Historic Dunvegan also has a Behind the Scenes exhibit featuring an archeological dig experience. On Saturday, those interested can join interpreters for a humorous and interactive outdoor show.
Alberta’s other provincial historic sites, museums and provincial archives are offering a variety of activities and attractions throughout the province this long weekend.
“We are opening our doors and calling all Albertans to discover our beautiful province through our historic sites, museums and archives,” said Leela Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women in a statement. “I know you will be inspired and moved by the stories and people that have shaped Alberta.”
The Vikings are here at the new Royal Alberta Museum: Check out the museum’s first international travelling exhibition, Vikings: Beyond the Legend, and then relax at the outdoor café, now open with the museum’s summer hours.
Vintage food at the Provincial Archives of Alberta: Food and Community, the newest gallery exhibit, features historic images of how food brings people together. It opens May 22.
Tea time at Victoria Settlement: On May 19, celebrate Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday over tea and cake, and continue the tradition with Tea and Tales Tuesdays in July and August.
Hike an ancient trail at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump: Starting May 18, and every other Saturday throughout the summer, travel the ancient drive lanes and hear the stories of how the plains people hunted the mighty buffalo from Blackfoot guides.
Full week of fun at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre: Still looking for summer activities for your children? Summer science camps are now weeklong.
Feats with feet at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village: Step into an authentic early 1900s pioneer experience when the village opens its doors on May 18 and enjoy Ukrainian dancing at the Celebration of Spring on May 20.
Fast and furious at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum: Sports car enthusiasts will want to see the two new exhibits: Our Checkered Past: Racing in Alberta and Honda Motorcycles of the ’70s & ’80s.
More information about provincial attractions is available here.