Mackenzie Crossroads Museum
Built 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
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 museum and visitor centre is an important focal point for
visitors entering 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.