The High Prairie Museum will be a primary centre for the community to celebrate history art and culture. We will foster community engagement and be a catalyst for supporting, developing and sustaining community values, social responsibility and environmental awareness.
Who we are
Tansi, Welcome, to the High Prairie & District Museum. We invite you to explore the history of High Prairie and the area of Big Lakes County.
Our ever growing museum continues to learn and expand and we are committed to providing an inclusive space to share these stories. The museum strives to share the stories and artifacts from the actual town site of High Prairie, the Treaty 8 Nations of Sucker Creek, Driftpile, Utikuma, Kapawe'no, Pakashan and Swan River as well as the East Prairie, Peavine and Gift Lake Metis Settlements. With our temporary exhibits and events, to our permanent collections. we are positive you will leave here with new found knowledge.
The High Prairie & District museum has rather incidental beginnings. In 1955 it started as an antique show organized by the local Farm Women's Union. From this the High Prairie & District Museum was organized. The society held its first meeting on June 30, 1961. To house the growing collection of valuable local items, the old two room school house was acquired. After many grants and meetings later, the museum opened on June 24, 1967. The High Prairie & District Museum is an accredited member of the Alberta Museum Association.
Many people have donated their time, stories and artifacts to the museum and we thank them for their contributions for future generations to learn from.
Photo: The sawmill during the flood of May 4, 1948. It was owned at the time by Dorothy Cook.