The Historic Luxton Home Museum

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The Historic Luxton Home Museum

The Historic Luxton Home Museum
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Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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OPEN May 16 - October 7, 2019 What do these 3 things have in common: a west coast Nootkan canoe, Winnipeg, and the Banff Hot Springs? Answer–Norman Luxton of Banff. Norman, born in Winnipeg in 1876, landed in Victoria, BC in 1901 and decided to sail around the world with Captain John Voss in a retrofitted 38-foot dug-out Nootkan canoe named Tilikum. Both have varying tales of the trip, but they agree that Norman almost died from coral poisoning. Back in Victoria, concerned friends mentioned Norman looked "rather terrible" and should take a trip to Banff for the medicinal hotsprings. Norman did, and the Luxton Legacy begins. With an energetic personality and a savvy business mind, Norman became “Mr. Banff”. His business ventures were many, he had ties to the Stoney First Nations, he assisted with the Calgary Stampede. Norman's home remains in Banff as a museum, and is full of curiosities. Come visit to hear more adventurous tales about Norman, his wife Georgina, and daughter Eleanor.
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jmch491
Washington DC, DC89 contributions
Sep. 2019
This house is along a street with other historic houses, and it is worthwhile to stop in. In addition to a lovely arrangement of objects showing how this family lived, the garden is beautiful!
Written September 26, 2019
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mf62
London, UK129 contributions
Sep. 2019
It's very small and cramped so more than 2 people would feel like too many. Eclectic collection, but some wonderful china and fabulous furniture (I covet the desk in the study). It's like going into someone's house, but on a day they've decided to put everything they own on display. The garden is delightful and a must. I loved the sweet-pea.
Written September 22, 2019
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BGS2013
Brisbane, Australia412 contributions
Oct. 2018 • Friends
Luxton House is about 1 block off the main street of Banff so very easily accessable. It is well worth a visit as the family history and artifacts are facinating. No entry fee and donate if you want to.
Written October 2, 2018
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I am so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for stopping in, and thanks for letting people know we are easy to get to!
Written October 3, 2018
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Charlotte A
Franz Josef, New Zealand15 contributions
Jun. 2018 • Couples
I love historic houses and always try to visit as many as I can. We arrived at the house and was empty except for the Volunteers who greeted us warmly. The small cottage was bursting with little treasures and it painted a story of the family who was inhabitated. It was such a delight to explore however I did feel that the Volunteers hovered and I found it hard to relax and enjoy my time. I also thought there needed to be more labels to identify the different artefacts. There was a particularly interesting feature in the dining room that I wanted to know what it was but as there was not name for this was unsure what it was.
All in all a delightful little gem.
Written August 17, 2018
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Thank you for taking the time to visit the Historic Luxton Home, and to create a review. Your feedback is valuable. We are indeed a small museum, and this is the first summer we have had summer students to assist us with the open hours. We feel so lucky to have received grant money to do this! Eleanor Luxton (daughter of the family) created the Foundation that allows us to keep the home as a museum, and it was her express wish to have the home remain as it always was. And, as you say, it is full of little treasures. Many items are not covered or in cases to protect from the public, so it may be the reason our staff seems to hover... to keep an eye on things. It's a tricky task and delicate balance, we want people to feel comfortable and take as much time as they like to look around but need to ensure nothing gets touched.. As for the labeling of the artifacts - you are so right. And it's been in discussion for years. The pros and the cons. Labels would certainly offer more information, but then there is the concern the house would feel less like a home. But I am working on that. If, by chance, you have a photo of the object you are interested in, I can let you know what it is. I hope you might get a chance to visit again. Best wishes from Banff. Lynne Huras Museum Manager
Written August 18, 2018
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Kevin M
Winnipeg, Canada145 contributions
Jul. 2017 • Couples
On a rainy day, we we did an all-day walk of the townsite, and we saw approximately half of the buildings listed in the Walking Through Banff’s History leaflet (self-guided tour). Historic Luxton Home was one of many interesting buildings on the walking tour.
Written January 16, 2018
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RK91
4 contributions
Sep. 2017 • Friends
We'd just pulled up in Banff and the plaque for Norman Luxton caught our eye as we passed by, then noticed the very quaint Luxton house museum. Iris came to the door and warmly welcomed us in, and gave an excellent tour of the treasure trove that is The Historic Luxton Home.

It's donations only, and a fantastic insight into Banffs history. A great starting point in the town. Go visit!
Written September 21, 2017
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So very glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for saying so! And I will pass on your comments to Iris, she is a gem herself. ~lynne.
Written September 29, 2017
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Christina
Calgary81 contributions
Sep. 2017 • Family
There is so much great history in this home! We were a little worried about visiting as we have 5 young children but they loved seeing the items and pictures on the walls. The curator was welcoming and very knowledgeable and took time to answer our questions. I would definitely recommend this as a must see in Banff.
Written September 17, 2017
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We love introducing the local history to families! So glad that you decided to visit. Thank you. ~lynne
Written September 29, 2017
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Terry E
Saskatoon, Canada3,624 contributions
Sep. 2017 • Couples
this is a good example of the homes of the past in Banff
The garden has a screened in area in the back yard.
Basically a small home by today's standards
Written September 15, 2017
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Thanks for visiting the Luxton home and garden. Our garden is also a small gem being one of the last remaining of it's style (Arts & Crafts) in Western Canada. ~lynne.
Written September 29, 2017
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tobyvito
1 contribution
Aug. 2017 • Solo
If you appreciate beautiful historic homes, be sure to stop by here. There are many lovely paintings, furnishings and items to enjoy looking at. The curator was very informative and passionate about this house which made the visit all the more precious.
Written August 27, 2017
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Thank you so much for the review! This family is so entrenched in the local history, plus they have all accomplished amazing things as individuals - allows for lots of interesting things to talk about.
Written September 1, 2017
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denver60
Denver, CO1,616 contributions
Jul. 2017 • Couples
We heard about the Luxton Home from our hotel staff and decided to visit. What a beautifully maintained home - we were impressed and, what's more, our visit was free. The staff at the Luxton was very knowledgeable and friendly and made our visit that much more enjoyable. Interesting historical home. Recommend a visit if you are in Banff.
Written August 24, 2017
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Thanks for the lovely review and I am so glad you enjoyed visiting the Luxton Home. I am also so glad that local hotel staff are recommending us, that is great news! ~lynne.
Written August 28, 2017
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