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Calling all history buffs and art enthusiasts! If you’re looking for a place to explore, check out the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery (MAG). See exhibitions by local artists, learn about Red Deer’s history, and enjoy a variety of activities for all ages.

What to see during your museum visit

Take a self-guided tour of the museum! When you enter the galleries, you can start your journey to the left and explore Red Deer’s history, or to the right and visit temporary art exhibits.

As you wander through the local history exhibit “Remarkable Red Deer: Stories from the Heart of the Parkland” you will explore many themes from Red Deer’s history such as settlement and disputes, the residential school, businesses, war times, innovation, toys, and more.


Interactive activities like listening to stories (voiced by local actors) can be experienced by pressing the buttons on silhouettes or tapping various interactive screens in the Club Café and Newcomers sections.

As you make your way through the temporary art exhibits you will be able to see the works of Alberta artists featured this summer.

From March 26 to April 20, 2022, you can check out the works of first and second-year art students in “Under Pressure: Red Deer Polytechnic Visual Art Student Exhibition”. This annual exhibition consists of student work in media representational of what is taught in the Visual Art Program at RDP.

From May 21 to September 26, 2022, explore “Tracing Tides: A Topographical Investigation” by Edmonton-based artist Lyndal Osborne. Lyndal’s exhibit is another landscape, bridging two sides of the world: The Murramarang National Park on the eastern coast of New South Wales, Australia and the Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland.

Next, you will see ceramic sculptures by local artist Dawn Detarando that explores the beauty and perils of bees foraging in altered landscapes in her exhibit “In Adoration of the Precarious Bee”, on display from May 7 to August 20, 2022. Each piece tells a story about a future of imagined genetically enhanced super flowers and crops that keep small foragers working hard to sustain their broods.

What to experience during your museum visit

Along with our varying exhibits, there are a range of learning opportunities of all ages, with ongoing family activities, special events, adult programs, kids camps and more.

Here are five types of activities you wouldn’t want to miss

Attend a drop-in art-making class

Participate in staff-guided exhibit tours

Attend artist, history or other local expert talks

Get hands-on workshops from local artists

Sign up for one of our child/youth camps and more

The MAG offers a wealth of interactive exhibitions, collections and programs for people of all ages. It’s easy to spend an entire day at the museum and gallery. View local art, learn Red Deer, AB, history, and enjoy family-friendly activities at the MAG. 

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