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Mackenzie Crossroads Museum

Mackenzie Crossroads MuseumBuilt in 1990, the Mackenzie Crossroads Heritage Museum is a distinctive northern log building complete with comprehensive tourism information (including events and self-guided tours) on local, provincial and national destinations.

Located on the east side of Highway #35 at the south end of High Level, the museum celebrated its grand opening in August 1991. The centre, open year-round, features a regional historical museum, visitor information, gallery, souvenir sales and an outdoor picnic area.

The primary exhibit in the Museum, the "Northern Trading Post," features an outstanding collection of over 1,600 food and medicine containers, donated by local residents. These, plus other artifacts in use during the late 1800s and early 1900s, are showcased in a typical trading post/general store setting with living quarters attached. Supplementary displays also feature farming and trapping in the region. A regional historical photo display is a valued part of the collection.

"The museum and visitor centre is an important focal point for visitors enterMackenzie Crossroads Museuming the region not only from the south Peace region but also from British Columbia and the Northwest Territories," says centre manager Laurie Renauer.

Travelling displays rotate through the Interpretive Gallery from September to May, encompassing art exhibits from the Prairie Art Gallery, Science in a Crate programs from the Science Alberta Foundation and exhibits of all sizes from the Provincial Museum of Alberta. Local displays and exhibits are also housed throughout the year, the summer "feature exhibit" being the Annual Art Show. Local artists of all ages, mediums and levels of talent, are encouraged to exhibit their work from June to August.

In addition, the attractive Museum exhibit, built around a trading post theme, includes a collection of nearly 2,500 historical and cultural artifacts used by settlers in the early 1900s. The gift shop sells the works of local artisans and photographers.

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