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Prince Albert Historical Society

Over 12,000 photographs, 300,000 negatives and 12,000 documents are kept at the Historical Museum in Prince Albert and anything you wish to learn about the city and its history can be discovered there.

The Historical Museum, which is open seven days a week during the summer months provides three floors of displays that visitors can enjoy. Each display tells a story and gives visitors insight to an important piece of the city’s history.

Some of that history includes the story of Prince Albert’s founder Rev. James Nisbit a Presbyterian Church minister, Canada’s 13th Prime Minister and former Prince Albert resident John Diefenbaker, and of course the story behind the La Colle Falls Dam project.

Something new to the museum this year is an exhibit that marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War’s start, which includes a life-sized trench for visitors to go through, along with a small medical area, artifacts and a variety of photos from the war.

Michelle Taylor curator for the Prince Albert Historical Society said it is very important that the Prince Albert Historical Society continues to collect and help preserve Prince Albert’s history.

“Because if you don’t know where you have been then you don’t know where you are going,” she said.

Taylor mentioned that a great example of this was the La Colle Falls Dam project. She said it is a piece of the city’s history that as a result of its remembered misfortune will hopefully never be repeated.

“You don’t usually make mistakes that have already been made,” said Taylor.  “Over exuberance and not a lot of foresight created this monument that is still in the middle of the river and is still half complete.”

“So we have learned from that and we don’t want to go back there and do that again,” she said. “I think that has something to do with the city being cautious about some of the other projects they have done in the past.”

The Historical Museum is located downtown in the old Central Fire Hall near the North Saskatchewan River. Visitors to the museum can enjoy the many displays that are offered, take in the view at the museums tearoom, or enjoy a guided walking tour through the city.

“Sundays and Thursdays throughout the summer we have the downtown walking tours which are about an hour long and take you from River Street all the way to 12th Street,” said Taylor.

The walking tour highlights Prince Albert’s downtown and the stories behind some of the city’s oldest landmarks and buildings.

The Historical Museum’s summer hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Sunday. The facilities winter hours are 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday.

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Prince Albert Historical Society
Summer Hours:
Mon - Sun 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Winter Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

10 River St E
Prince Albert,
SK S6V 8A9
2014
Over 12,000 photographs. 300,000 negatives and 12,000 documents are kept at the Historical Museum in Prince Albert.
Over 12,000 photographs. 300,000 negatives and 12,000 documents are kept at the Historical Museum in Prince Albert. Photo by Sarah Rolles
Visitors to the museum can relax in the tearoom or enjoy the view off the tearooms balcony.
Visitors to the museum can relax in the tearoom or enjoy the view off the tearooms balcony. Photo by Sarah Rolles
The Historical Museum, which is open seven days a week during the summer months and provides three floors of displays that visitors can enjoy.
The Historical Museum, which is open seven days a week during the summer months and provides three floors of displays that visitors can enjoy. Photo by Sarah Rolles
Just about anything you wish to learn about the city of Prince Albert and its’ history can be discovered at the Historical Museum in the archives. Museum interpreter Dyon Meckelborg searches through some of the museums old newspaper articles.
Just about anything you wish to learn about the city of Prince Albert and its’ history can be discovered at the Historical Museum in the archives. Museum interpreter Dyon Meckelborg searches through some of the museums old newspaper articles. Photo by Sarah Rolles

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