Our Songs, Our Roots

Music in St. Albert

September 14–April 3, 2022 at the Musée Héritage Museum (St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert)

Music is perhaps the deepest form of human communication, affecting us spiritually, culturally, and socially. In Our Songs, Our Roots – Music in St. Albert we look back at the role of music in the St. Albert region, exploring the many ways that music has connected us and provided the soundtrack for our community.

This area has always been made up of a mix of cultures with their own musical traditions. Each has added distinct layers to the musical landscape. Through photos, instruments, and recordings, this exhibition will delve into the differences and connections in our musical past and highlight the role of song in our lives.

St. Albert History Gallery

Opened April 1, 2017 at the Musée Héritage Museum (St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert)

The St. Albert History Gallery is a space for diverse stories that touch on our long and complex past and our current place in the world. Each year, we change aspects of the gallery to bring in new narratives and new objects from our collections, and to highlight stories from the community.

It is a space where we can answer questions about important issues like residential schools and immigration, as well as the history of the Mission and City of St. Albert. In our rapidly changing world, it is important to remember that our past can teach us lessons which help us to enjoy and appreciate our community, understand current events and face future challenges. 


The Bruin Inn

70 years of St. Albert’s Social Life

May 3August 21, 2022 at the Musée Héritage Museum (St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert)

In the late 1800s the St. Albert Hotel had a prime spot next to the river and bridge. When it burned down in 1928, the brandnew, modern Bruin Inn was built. This exhibition looks at the changes that the hotel witnessed during its long life and its role as a gathering place for the region. From the 1920s through the 1990s it was the place to be on a Saturday night. Exhibition highlights include the original Bruin Inn sign and the giant bear that perched on the roof in the 1990s, as well as furniture, photos, and memorabilia from the bar. Finally torn down in 2000, the Bruin Inn still holds a place in the hearts of locals who recall the great times they had there.

Do you have a Bruin Inn story or photo?

Share your memories with us for our 2022 exhibition or to be included in the archives to preserve the history of the Bruin Inn.
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St. Albert History Gallery

Visit the museum to explore the permanent history gallery! Explore a variety of stories from the earliest people to modern-day events. The new gallery is split into sections, with regular rotations of community stories.

Online Exhibitions

Missed it the first time or want a reminder? Check out some of our past exhibitions that are now online!