Stony Plain and Parkland Pioneer Museum Map Edmonton
Location: 5120-41st Avenue, Stony Plain. Enter through the south Exhibition Park gates, and drive to the south end of the park.
Info: Open from the beginning of April to the end of October, Monday to Saturday,
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tea house hours are Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Donations are accepted. 780-963-1234; www.pioneermuseum.ca.
The Stony Plain and Parkland Pioneer Museum is housed in 17 buildings stocked with more than
7,000 items donated by area residents. The museum includes a natural history corner with an antler collection, animal skulls, and mounted birds. You will see numerous items that depict early pioneer lifestyles, including farm tools, household items, and wood stoves. Items of particular interest include pump organs, telephone switchboards from the 1920s, and a bucket made out of paper in the late 1800s.
A collection of battered luggage hints at the hardships of pioneer travel. One suitcase is almost 200 years old. Russian, German, and Austrian immigrants carried these suitcases as they left their homelandssome to escape war, others to leave growing populations and crowded conditions, and all to seek better opportunities.
You can also see a 1909 schoolhouse that was converted to a church, a 1914 house, an 1892 farmhouse replica, and a 1922 log cabin converted to a tea house. There are dozens of old farm machines, a 1923 fire-fighting wagon that was pulled by horses, and buggies from the late 1920s and early 1930s. Each carriage, tractor, thresher, wagon, and set of racks is in working condition. Every fall, a threshing bee is held to demonstrate an old-time harvest. A 1928 tractor is used to pull a 1928 threshing machine, and teams of horses are hitched to racks to bring in the crop.