Exhibits & Tours

Our exhibits bring the people and places from Calgary’s history to life, with a focus on the first 100 years from 1875-1975. Learn about the original North West Mounted Police (NWMP) Fort, the birthplace of the city of Calgary. Find out how the Mounties at the Fort contributed to the budding, multi-cultural community around them.

Our Interpretive Centre and reconstructed 1888 Barracks tell Calgary’s story in an exciting and interactive way. Step inside replica rooms of many important historical structures of the area, including the original Canadian Pacific Railway station from 1883, the NWMP barracks from 1888, and the Calgary Herald newspaper composing room from 1932. Discover fascinating characters such as Calgary’s first female Insurance Agent, Janet Sparrow.

Outdoors, visit Markings, an interpretive exhibit by award-winning sculptor, Jill Anholt, which traces the outline of the original 1875 Fort site and stands as a reminder to the many different people who have made Calgary what it is today. A short walk across the Elbow River will bring you to Deane House, a gourmet restaurant in the 1906 home of Captain Richard Deane, then Superintendent of Fort Calgary. Stroll through the period-style gardens to the Hunt House, part of the original Hudson’s Bay Company trading post. Built in 1876, it is the oldest building in Calgary on its original location.

Learn more about Fort Calgary’s history.

Interpretive tours – $9.00/person, with a group of at least 15 people. Tours can range from a 20-30 minute introductory presentation about Fort Calgary in our theatre, to a 1-1.5 hour guided tour through all buildings and the site.

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