Banff Park Museum National Historic Site

Explore the oldest natural history museum in western Canada. Get face-to-face with Rocky Mountain wildlife! Located in the heart of downtown Banff, the Banff Park Museum houses more than 5,000 vintage botanical and zoological specimens — from bears and bighorns, to birds and bees. The Banff Park Museum shows us how natural history was understood in Canada near the end of the Victorian era. Built in 1903, it is the oldest surviving federal building in any Canadian national park.


Mountains of Change - a landscape in transition because of climate change. Exhibit free with site admission.

The Xplorers Club

The Banff Park Museum is a favourite among kids who can join the Xplorers Club, completing a checklist of fun activities to earn a free souvenir.

Museum heritage

Learn more about the history and heritage of the Banff Park Museum.

Visiting Banff Park Museum

Activities and experiences

Things to do, events, programs, exhibits, and activities.

Plan your visit

How to get here, facilities and services, how to plan ahead and other important information to help you plan your trip.


Daily visitor fees, program fees, and more.

About Banff Park Museum

Culture and history

History, archeology, cultural landscape, architecture, historic engineering.

Stewardship and management

Site management plan.

Contact Banff Park Museum National Historic Site

General inquiries

+1 (403) -762-1558

For emergencies within the park:
call 9-1-1

Banff Dispatch, non-emergency (24 hours): (403) 762-1470

Hours of operation

Access to the historic site: May 15 - October 15
Thursday - Monday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Complete schedule


More places to discover with Parks Canada

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

Discover a historic trading post along the North Saskatchewan River and immerse yourself in stories of Indigenous Peoples and legendary explorers.

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

As the birthplace of national parks in Canada, the Cave and Basin shares stories about one of the finest and most extensive systems of natural and cultural heritage places in the world.

Banff National Park

Founded in 1885, Banff is Canada’s first national park and part of the first national park system in the world. With its soaring peaks, azure lakes and abundant wildlife, this Rocky Mountain park attracts millions of visitors every year.

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