Get face-to-face with Rocky Mountain wildlife, from vintage stuffed bears and bighorn sheep to birds and bees, inside western Canada’s oldest natural history museum. Located on Banff Avenue in the heart of the town of Banff, the Banff Park Museum – a.k.a. the “University of the Hills” – houses more than 5,000 historic botanical and zoological specimens. Explore the Victorian-era collection, while admiring the stately 1903 museum, a log masterpiece and the oldest surviving federal building in any Canadian national park.

Getting here

91 Banff Ave
Banff, AB T1L 1K2

Hours of operation


October 16 to December 31: (Saturdays and Sundays): 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
December 25 & 26: Closed for Christmas


January to May 15 (Saturdays and Sundays): 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Complete Schedule


Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.

Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 1-403-762-1558

Explore the collection

The historic Banff Park Museum houses more than 5,000 vintage specimens – from stuffed bears to minerals – collected mainly during the early 1900s from around Banff National Park.

Sites nearby

  • Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

    Two centuries ago trappers, traders and the First Nation Peoples shared the rugged western frontier of Canada. At Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site - be a part of the story. Explore, hike, camp and discover their challenges and triumphs.

  • Cave and Basin National Historic Site

    Visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site to experience the birthplace of Canada’s national parks and learn about the natural and cultural history of the mountains.