Museum Moment: Our Aboriginal Programmer Celina Loyer is back

Last March, nearly a year ago, we all watched as the world shut down because of COVID-19.  Everything, including the Musée Héritage Museum, was closed. Like many Canadians, I was temporarily laid off. My world changed drastically. Fast forward to the beginning of February 2021. My job has been saved for me and now I’m […]


Heritage Sites Moment: Prepping for the community garden at the St. Albert river lots

  This winter has been busy with preparations moving forward to get our community garden started for the 2021 growing season.   Connecting with the community is a core focus of the gardens. Last year pollinator beds were planted and accessible raised garden beds were built.                   […]


Discovery Room: Northern Lights Part 2

Local photographer Song Despins has spent a lot of time observing the Northern Lights and capturing them in all their different shapes and colours. Song became so familiar with these light shows that she recognized a unique phenomenon and captured it with her photographs, confirming what she saw in the night sky with other Alberta […]


Archives Moment: Genealogy

Our genealogy archival materials at the Musée Héritage Museum are heavily concentrated on Métis families, primarily since St. Albert was a Métis mission community when it was first established in 1861. The Métis history in this region precedes the Mission era as well, so our archives strive to collect as many resources as possible pertaining […]


Discovery Room: Northern Lights

Northern Lights Have you seen the celestial shower of green, blue, and red dancing across the night sky? These curtains of lights have many names including northern lights, Aurora Polaris, and night-time Aurora. These light shows are seen around the world, but most often around the north and south pole, which has made them a […]


Museum moment: Valentine’s Day gift shop sale

  The Musée Héritage Museum Gift Shop has re-opened. We are open Tues through Fri 1:00pm – 5:00pm & Sat 10 am – 5 pm. We currently have a Gift Shop sale to commemorate Valentine’s Day, with ALL jewellery 10% off.  We also have other select items on sale. We also have comprehensive Covid protocol […]


Museum Moment: Body Language – Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest

Why do we have an exhibition about Northwest Coast tattooing? Like the many Indigenous art forms from the Northwest Coast, the visual language of tattooing is truly beautiful. It is simple and complex at the same time, strong and engaging, but what do we actually know about it? Even with the extreme popularity of tattooing […]


Museum Moment: Farewell to our Program Manager

Sharon Morin, the Program Manager at the Musée Héritage Museum, will be leaving the Arts and Heritage Foundation of St. Albert at the end of January 2021. She will continue to work in programming and more closely serving Métis communities across Canada. Sharon has been an integral part of our team. She, along with our […]


Archives Moment: The legacy of the St. Albert Historical Society lives on

The St. Albert Historical Society (SAHS) disbanded in 2020, after 52 years of existence. Over those years, this society has done tremendous work to preserve St. Albert’s history. Their legacy will live on in many different ways. The SAHS started off in 1968 as a group of volunteers organized by Father Colin Levangie, OMI to […]


Discovery Room: Winter Transportation

Happy New Year from the Programming Team at the Musée Héritage Museum Getting around in the winter can be challenging at the best of times so can you imagine getting around without the modern conveniences that we have today? Looking back in time we see how people adapted to traveling during the winter. Father Lacombe […]