Examples of artifacts in the collection.


Western Canadian History

Our collection of over 87,000 objects includes artifacts relating to women's history, childhood, sports and recreation, trades and professions, and fine and decorative arts. From kettles to coal saws, beer bottles to boilers, Western Canadian History documents ordinary lives and extraordinary achievements.

Collection strengths include:

  • Clothing and textiles (including sewing, spinning and weaving equipment, as well as GWG denim).
  • Decorative arts (including Medalta and Altaglass).
  • Riding and ranching; consumer technology (comprehensive collections of radios, cameras, phonographs, and telephones).
  • Cookware; medicine (including dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and surgery) children's toys.
  • Broadcasting and media (including CFRN and Tree Frog Press); furniture and clocks; sports (amateur and professional).

We are always looking to add to our collections with significant and compelling histories of Albertan businesses, hobbies, and families, especially with modern and contemporary objects.

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