The Bruin Inn

70 years of St. Albert’s Social Life

April 12August 20, 2022 at the Musée Héritage Museum (St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert)

Dig out those youthful memories, as you revisit the Bruin Inn! When the St. Albert Hotel burned down in 1928, the new and modern Bruin Inn was built in the same prime location, next to the Sturgeon River. We look at the hotel’s role as a gathering place for the region. From the 1920’s through the 1990’s, it was THE place to be on a Saturday night. 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. You can relive its history.

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. 



Ohcîwin The Origins

August 30November 26, 2022 at the Musée Héritage Museum (St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert)

The Musée Héritage Museum (part of the Arts and Heritage Foundation of St. Albert) is pleased to present a special exhibition from the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) that allows visitors to view stunning, hand-made regalia and learn about the dances they represent.

Meaning, respect and love – these are the qualities that a dancer’s regalia carries. Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins features seven powwow dance styles, with full Regalia and craft work.

Curators and creators, Patrick and Marrisa Mitsuing worked with a diverse team of Indigenous artists from Western Canada and the US to assemble each of the individual dance regalia in this exhibition. During the 2019 and 2020 Powwow season, they met with knowledge keepers across North America to record the origin stories of the dances they perform.

Powwows are Indigenous cultural celebrations where many styles of dance are performed as part of the ceremony. These social gatherings, held across North America, bring people together to sing, dance and share teachings while celebrating Indigenous culture. Each dance style has a meaning or origin story and a specific purpose. Each dance style also has distinctive regalia and ornamentation that relates to the origin story of the dance.

“This exhibition showcases incredible handwork that goes into creating these pieces,” says Musée Héritage Museum Curator, Joanne White. “It also allows us to celebrate indigenous culture and share that with our community to educate those people who don’t know about Powwow history. Few people are aware of the time when Powwows were banned and how Indigenous communities were able to later re-claim this tradition.”

Museum visitors can view Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins from August 20 until November 26. As part of the exhibition, a special celebration event featuring drumming and dancing is planned for September 18 from 2–5 pm in the atrium at St. Albert Place (5 St. Anne Street). Everyone is welcome. Special thanks to the exhibition’s funders: City of Red Deer, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta Museums Association, Waskasoo Museum Foundation and Marguerite Lerouge Watson.

Opening Celebration:

September 18 from 2-5 pm (St. Albert Place Atrium)

Learn more about past exhibitions at the Musée Heritage Museum.

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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!