Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives

Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives

Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives
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Speciality & Gift ShopsArt GalleriesHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Our museum offers an engaging, interactive record of Jasper’s fascinating history. Our exhibits include the history of the Indigenous and Metis people of the Athabasca Valley; the fur trade-including David Thompson, one of Canada’s foremost explorers; the railway; early mountaineering- including the story of the Silver Ice Axe and first ascent of Mount Alberta and the development of tourism in Jasper National Park. The exhibits in our Showcase Gallery are changed regularly & this year we are partnering with the Lake Edith Artist Group & associates to put together a 100th anniversary exhibit on the artist colony where we will be showcasing stories, art, artifacts, and historic photos of the last one hundred years. This collaborative effort will run from mid-April to the end of October 2021. We will also be hosting a social media competition that asks participants to recreate artwork or photographs in the exhibit in a new and inventive ways. Come & learn about "Our Jasper Stories".
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Jim W.
Atlanta, GA1,301 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
My wife was poking around on websites during our stay in Jasper looking for backup things in case it was raining on our last morning. My trip preparations had focused on the major, exclusively outdoor activities, and I hadn't even run across this one. The rain mostly held off, but we still had some time and opted to visit this place.

The museum is located on the northwest side of Jasper, just beyond a large complex of their public schools. They have a large parking lot (free) adjacent to the museum which they may share with other local public buildings (it looked like there was an indoor public pool across the street).

When we entered, the only staffer on duty gave a stock speech about admission being free but donations were accepted in several forms, etc. After that (and donating), you are free to explore. Most of the exhibits are in a large loop. The timeline of the town proceeds clockwise. There are some artifacts, maps, sketches, and photos on the wall. Each exhibit covers some topic that was relevant at the specific time-period and this gives a good overall impression of how things developed in the area.

I don't think it is the sort of place you'd need to go back to multiple times, but it was worth a stop.
Written September 3, 2023
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Karen R
La Ronge, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
My family visited this museum in the later part of September of 2022. We were very impressed with the displays and appreciated the care taken to tell the story of the original people, not just those who came to develop and make their fortunes here. The art display on the glaciers was also well received. The gentleman running the facility was very helpful and we found the gift shop offerings, especially the books available there, to be first rate. There was an interesting fundraiser going on that we participated in…a duck race…and we followed it on the museum FaceBook page…good fun! We hope they raised sufficient funds to keep this museum going. We highly recommend a visit to the museum in Jasper!
Written September 30, 2022
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The_Deans_12
Alberta, Canada48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
For a small town to have captured the history as well as Jasper has is tremendous. It was a compelling story of the explorers, and the history of the First People of the Land is beautifully represented. We left with a great sense of respect for the First People of the Land and how they taught the white man what we needed to survive. It is an eye opener. This jewel of a museum IS well worth a visit in this town. There was also an exhibit in-house on Glacier based on Robert William Sandfords book titled' 'The Receding Glaciers'. Fabulous exhibit!
Written August 6, 2022
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Gav_S3
Glasgow, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Very well laid out display covering the history of the area and its development. Enthusiastic staff happy to talk and good coverage of both aboriginal and incomer perspectives. Also an attempt to give some kid friendly pieces to allow adults time to read the info!
Written July 23, 2022
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466Richard789466
Toronto, Canada620 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
Very good small museum will give you history of the area both its geology and human history. Not too big. If you read everything it’s about a 30 minute visit. FREE, with donations accepted. Very good gift shop with lots of crafts and a variety of books Small art gallery inside as well. Right near downtown. Knowledgeable staff who was ready to answer any questions but let us look around in our own.
Written October 5, 2021
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Free2Wheel
Edmonton, Canada16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The museum is by donation and run by wonderful friendly volunteers. I’d suggest at least an hour as there are videos to watch and things to read. The museum is quite small but it packs a thorough history and wonderful displays and artifacts within its space. I’ve been going to Jasper for 50 years and I learned a lot at my first visit here. Be sure to also check out the displays outside the museum. The museum also has a nice little gift shop with many excellent books on the area. It’s walkable from any of the downtown hotels and is wheelchair friendly. With many activities in Jasper being quite costly (particularly if your a family) the museum is an educational and interesting way to enjoy Jaspers history without breaking the bank. I suggest calling ahead before your trip to see if they have any extra activities during your visit. For those looking for more history and information I believe you can make an appointment to see the archives. Overall the museum is definitely well worth a visit.
Written July 31, 2021
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Tori W
Calgary, Canada196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The Museum is wonderful, the historical gallery was very well laid out and informative. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the gift shop is adorable! I would highly recommend this to anyone in Jasper.
Written September 9, 2020
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Benessa S.K.
Edmonton, Canada2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Small museum does a great job of showcasing the region’s history. My toddler enjoyed the special Métis exhibit with hands on exhibits, the antique cash register and train. Lots to read and see for a small space. Admission price is very reasonable. Will bring cash next time to donate.
Written February 16, 2020
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Ellen P
Mesquite, TX78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It was closed the day we were there, but the manager saw us outside the door & invited us in! The employees were very friendly and we looked at everything while they worked. We learned new things and enjoyed it.
Written January 30, 2020
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bucketlisttravellers
Sydney, Australia3,655 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Outside the Jasper Museum is a geology garden comprised of a collection of 8 large boulders which represent the various types of geological specimens that can be found in the surrounding area. They have been sorted in order of age and each have a sign detailing information about them.
Entry to the main part of the museum is $7.
Written December 15, 2019
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