College Gallery

Native Cultural Arts Museum

Mission

The Native Cultural Arts Museum provides quality learning experiences to the public by respectfully portraying the history, cultures, and languages of northern Alberta.​

About Us

The Native Cultural Arts Museum is a part of Northern Lakes College and is located in the Grouard Campus in northern Alberta. When the museum was established in 1976, it was affiliated with the Native Cultural Arts and Design program that was formerly offered at the Grouard Alberta Vocational College, which later became Northern Lakes College.​​

The original purpose of the Northern Lakes College Native Cultural Arts Museum was twofold: to promote a better understanding and education of Aboriginal arts and designs, and to create a space to showcase the creative achievements of students from the Native Cultural Arts and Design Program. Over time, this initiative grew to become an integral part of the Northern Lakes College mandate.

Today, the Museum’s artifact collection celebrates various aspects of Aboriginal cultures, with a special focus on Métis peoples and the Woodland Cree of northern Alberta. The Museum’s historical and contemporary collections serve to educate the public by depicting Aboriginal lifestyles through exhibits of art, music, hunting, regalia, clothing, and more.

The Native Cultural Arts Museum is operated by the Council of Community Education Committees of Northern Lakes College, with additional support and funding from the Alberta Museums Association, and the Municipal District of Big Lakes.

Relocation FAQs

Where will the new location of the Museum be?
The Museum will be moving from the Moosehorn Lodge facility into Northern Lakes College’s main building at the Grouard Campus. Our new address will be 64 Mission St. Grouard Alberta, T0G 1C0.

When are you moving?
Our move is currently in progress. Moving museum collections is a large undertaking. Behind the scenes we are working hard to bring you new exhibits, to meet museum standards in our collections rooms, to provide innovative programming spaces, and more.

Will you still have the same school and summer programs?
Yes, we will continue all of our programs in our new space. 

Why are you moving from the existing location?
From a curator’s perspective, safeguarding our collection is one of our most important jobs. Moving will help us to better preserve our collection and meet recommended standards for collection care.

Operating Hours

January​​ ​Closed
​February through April​ ​Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Closed between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM for lunch. Please call ahead to confirm museum hours. 
​May and June ​Visitation by appointment only. Educational field trips are available by reservation. 
​July and August Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturdays and Summer Statutory Holidays 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM
​September through December ​Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Closed between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM for lunch. Please call ahead to confirm museum hours. ​

Fees

Drop-in visitation ​Entry by donation
​Elders  ​Free