Permanent Collections & Library

Permanent Collections

The collections of the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery document the history and culture of Red Deer and Central Alberta. Our Collections represent a broad sample of materials directly related to the City of Red Deer, the surrounding districts and Central Alberta.

Collections include clothing and textiles, commercial and domestic material, archaeological and paleontological artefacts and agricultural machinery and equipment. The Museum also holds a collection of artwork from local, national and international artists.

Reference and Research Library

The MAG Reference and Research Library is a closed stacked library and is housed at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery. Holdings include Alberta and local history books, pamphlets, catalogues, periodicals, and sheet music.

Access to the catalogue is available online the Red Deer Public Library. In-person access to the MAG Reference and Research Library is by appointment only.

For information about the collection and the library, contact Melanie at melanie.berndt@reddeer.ca 

What's Remarkable About Red Deer?

Here are posts of unique items from our collection. Click on each to read their stories.

Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery Releases Power On Water

Tuesday, August 21st 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (August 21, 2018. Red Deer, AB)

Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery Releases Power On Water

A short film commissioned by the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) Power On Water is now available to watch in their “Capitol Theatre” on demand. This film is the third and final film to be released by the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery from a commission of three films produced by local film production company CACHE Productions. Being Kokum and A Historic Survival are already available at the museum for viewing.

Power On Water is a film about world class Paralympic swimmer Tammy Cunnington from Red Deer, AB. The story is a powerful portrait of her life, her passion for sport and her single-minded focus on getting to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

Tammy Cunnington burst on the international stage in 2015 with a triple medal performance at the Parapan American Games in Toronto and a seventh place in the 50-m freestyle at the IPC World Championships. She also posted four personal bests at April 2016 at the Canadian para-swimming trials.

Cunnington was six years old when she was struck by an airplane at a Ponoka, Alta., air show in April 1982. The accident left her a paraplegic with the full use of her right arm, plus her core and shoulders.

Tammy Cunnington sends a strong message of perseverance against all odds. 2 years prior to the games in Rio she didn’t know how to swim Butterfly and Freestyle. Her husband Marty Piffer among others are in the film to give support and context to her story of passion.

The film recaps Tammy’s journey to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio and the enormous challenges she faced getting there. The film can be viewed on demand inside the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery’s history exhibit “Remarkable Red Deer: Stories from the Heart of the Parkland” during gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00am to 4:30pm and weekends 12:00pm-4:30pm. The galleries are free to visit. For the film trailer visit https://youtu.be/avW0OG9BwoI.

About Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery
At the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, we are passionate about learning the stories that art and artifacts can disclose. We delight in learning how to unlock the information that objects can tell us about our past and our present. We want to share the creative energy that comes from learning alongside artists and artisans and engage visitors of all ages in a journey of discovery.

About CACHE Productions
CACHE Productions is a filmmaking company that specializes in telling stories about Alberta & Western Canada. Their modis operandi is best explained by The CACHE Project. This project tells human interest stories from a non-thematic, geographically significant, humanistic perspective. It means their stories are considered on the merits that they inform & include everyone in the community, rather than tell about a specific theme or point of view. The stories encapsulate the innovation, diligence, energy and emotion within a strong Albertan & Western Canadian identity. CACHE Productions makes films that aim to tell stories with high quality original visual narratives and to develop an original style of storytelling that compliments Western Canadian culture. To view past films and for more information about The CACHE Project please visit their website at www.thecacheproject.ca


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For more information, please contact:
Rueben Tschetter
Director
CACHE Productions
www.thecacheproject.ca
403.934.8165
rueben.tschetter@gmail.com

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Fashion Timeline with the MAG Collection

Friday, December 15th 2017

Check out our Fashion Timeline with images showcasing part of the MAG's Clothing Collection!

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“To Canada With Love” Named a New and Exciting Way to Celebrate Canada

Thursday, July 13th 2017

“To Canada With Love” Named a New and Exciting Way to Celebrate Canada

Canada Day has passed, but Canada 150 celebrations are still happening across the country. The Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery will be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday all summer long with the “To Canada With Love” exhibit. In fact, “To Canada With Love” has received so much acclaim, it was recently named one of 91 incredible ways to celebrate Canada 150 by Canada’s leading online global travel agency, FlightNetwork.com.

“To Canada With Love,” is a portrait of our great country by photographer Tim van Horn. Van Horn embarked on a TransCanada journey that lasted eight years, venturing into the heart of the nation and uncovering many of the people and places Canadian citizens and tourists rarely see. The artist combined thousands of portraits into images that represent Canada’s collective humanity and its history of 150 years as a nation of truly unique people.

The exhibit, taking place through Aug. 20, was chosen by Flight Network as one of 91 incredible ways to celebrate Canada 150 for its unique view into Canadian culture. Instead of portraying one city or region, the exhibit introduces Red Deer Museum visitors to the diverse people and cultures that make this country so special. Flight Network’s team of travel experts also enjoyed that the exhibit will draw visitors into an exciting art and history museum that they may not have planned on visiting during their summer trip to Alberta.

We couldn’t agree with the Flight Network team more. Tim van Horn’s “To Canada With Love” exhibit is certainly one of the best ways to celebrate the lives and heritage of all Canadians during this landmark year.

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Culture Days - Klimt Yourself

Wednesday, September 14th 2016

Media notice

September 14th, 2016

Come to the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery to Klimt Yourself!

* Today's activity will be FREE TO ATTEND as part of Alberta Culture Days Weekend!

Come down and Klimt Yourself at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery. We will be taking your photograph and you will have the opportunity to paint a Klimt style painting around your own portrait. These paintings will be hung on our Stewart Discovery Room Gallery Wall as part of an exhibit in the museum. Drop-in anytime between 1 and 4pm to participate!

Date: Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, 4525 47A Avenue, Red Deer

Additional details: This event is free, and all are welcome! Wheelchair accessible space

MAGnificent Saturday’s Klimt Yourself  is part of the celebrations occurring throughout the province during Alberta Culture Days 2016. Alberta Culture Days, September 30 – October 2, is about discovering, experiencing and celebrating our unique blend of peoples and passions, and the importance of culture to a healthy and vibrant province. To learn more, visit www.AlbertaCultureDays.ca 

Media inquiries may be directed to:
Deirdre Ashenhurst      General MAG Contact:
Arts Program Specialist
Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery 
(403)309-8443      (403)309-8405
Deirdre.ashenhurst@reddeer.ca    museum@reddeer.ca

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Opening Reception of Prairie Contemporary

Wednesday, September 14th 2016

Media notice

September 14, 2016

Opening Reception of Prairie Contemporary

As part of Alberta Culture Days 2016, the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery will be celebrating the wealth of talent and creativity that exists within our community by hosting the reception for Prairie Contemporary.
“What is the creative potential of emerging artists in central Alberta? Curatorial duo Erin Boake and Marnie Blair map the terrain of the current scene and unseen in Prairie Contemporary, an exhibition that presents a glimpse of the creative energy found in the region.  Ten artists, who use a range of materials and theoretical approaches, have been chosen to show recent and new work for this exhibition.  By providing professional exhibition space, Prairie Contemporary supports the development of the artistic practice of emerging artists in the Red Deer area.”...

Date: Friday, September 30th, 2016

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, 4525 47A Avenue, Red Deer

The opening reception of Prairie Contemporary is part of the celebrations occurring throughout the province during Alberta Culture Days 2016. Alberta Culture Days, September 30 – October 2, is about discovering, experiencing and celebrating our unique blend of peoples and passions, and the importance of culture to a healthy and vibrant province. To learn more, visit www.AlbertaCultureDays.ca 

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Media inquiries may be directed to:
Karli Kendall       Andrea Lacoursiere
Marketing and Fund Development Associate  Marketing and Fund Development Associate
Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery    Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery
Karli.kendall@reddeer.ca     andrea.lacoursiere@reddeer.ca
(403)309-8441      (403)309-8446

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Reel Movie Mondays launches Retro Film Series @ Carnival Theatres

Wednesday, September 14th 2016

Reel Movie Mondays launches Retro Film Series @ Carnival Theatres

Reel Movie Mondays program is ecstatic to be branching out and bring some classic movies back to the big screen!

We are excited to share with you the launch of our new RETRO MOVIE WEDNESDAYS series for the 2016/2017 year in addition to our regular Reel Movie Mondays series lineup!

On select Wednesday evenings this Fall 2016, we are bringing pre-1999 favourites to the big screen. This year our volunteer selection committee chose prominent Directors as our ‘theme’. You will see films by Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton, James Cameron, Roman Polanski and more for our inaugural year. Since this is our first year up and running we are screening films that have been popular and well known. As the seasons move forward we will be looking to bring lesser known and even older films into the fold.

Retro Movie Wednesdays is a partnership between the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery and Carnival Cinemas.  All films will screen at 7pm on select Wednesday nights at Carnival Cinemas in Red Deer, AB. Visit reelmoviemondays.ca for more details and synopses of all films. All film tickets are final sale, no refunds or exchanges. At the door ticket sales on film nights, from 6-7pm in the lobby of Carnival Cinemas, are $15 each (no member/student rate or coupons).

Our volunteer film selection committee spent countless hours discussing potential films to bring in. Our criteria includes films from 1920s-1999, films with cinematography that would look amazing on the big screen, available on DCP format and films that haven’t been on the big screen recently, etc. Thank you to all of our volunteers for their work in narrowing down an initial list of close to 300 films to the 8 we will screen this year. During the Fall 2016 screenings we will run a “Viewer’s Choice” contest to select our last film for the Spring of 2017.

The retro film series launches on Wednesday, October 5th with Aliens – Directed by James Cameron | Rated M for Mature – Gruesome scenes not suitable for preteenagers, followed by Edward Scissorhands on October 19th - Directed by Tim Burton | Rated PG for infrequent violence and mild coarse language. On November 2nd, we keep the stylized filmmaking of Tim Burton with his take on Batman - Directed by Tim Burton | USA, 1989 | 123 minutes | Drama | English | PG, Warner Bros. Entertainment

All films are screened at Carnival Cinemas at 7:00 pm, 5402 – 47 St. Red Deer. For more information on the feature presentations please go to the Reel Movie Mondays website at www.reelmoviemondays.ca

Seating is limited so advanced tickets are recommended. Tickets can be purchased at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery by Cheque, Debit, Visa, M/C or by phone. Cash purchases only at the door.

Reel Movie Mondays and the Retro Film Series gratefully acknowledges our partnership with Carnival Cinemas of Red Deer, AB.

For further information, please contact: Karli Kendall, 403.309.8441

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Welcome to Red Deer Party

Monday, June 27th 2016

Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery is making the most of July 17th, with a ‘Welcome to Red Deer’ party and the official unveiling of the new murals on the building exterior

Date: Sunday, July 17th, 2016, 1 – 4 pm

The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery is hosting a party to welcome all newcomers to our city. As part of the programming activities for the exhibition, Canada: Day 1 that comes to Red Deer from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax, this exhibition focuses on the first day experiences of Canadian immigrants; from first encounters to finding your way and reflecting on shared experiences. We are extending a warm invitation to all new immigrants to our community and ask that Red Deer’s more seasoned locals join us in giving them a warm western welcome.  There will be pancakes, local western band ‘Country Friends’, games, crafts and handkerchief tying at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery.  There are a limited number of handkerchiefs so get there early. “Red Deer has a history of welcoming new comers to our community.  We wanted to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to those families who have made Red Deer home this past year.”  Kim Verrier, Coordinator of Visitor Experience. Admission is free, donations are encouraged.

In addition to the party the Red Deer MAG will officially unveil the refreshed building exterior, including the newly installed murals. Lorna Johnson, executive director for the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery says, “We are very pleased with the photo murals on the building exterior. They give a glimpse of some of the wonderful artefacts that are on display inside the MAG. We hope that they will encourage everyone to come and explore our exhibits. Our staff will be happy to show you where you can see the actual artefacts and images.” now welcomes visitors with a bright and modern exterior.


For more information, please contact
Lorna Johnson
Executive Director
(403)309-8439
email: lorna.johnson@reddeer.ca

or

Kim Verrier     
Coordinator of Visitor Services
(403)309-8440
email: kim.verrier@reddeer.ca

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Cross-Canada Tour Comes to Red Deer

Wednesday, May 11th 2016

Cross-Canada Tour Comes to Red Deer

Canada: Day 1 — Explore First Steps, First Impressions and First Experiences as a Newcomer to Canada

Red Deer, AB — The cross-Canada tour of Canada: Day 1, an exciting exhibition from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will open at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery on May 21 and runs until August 14th. 

Canada: Day 1 is a travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 as a legacy project of our nation’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Supported nationally by RBC Foundation, Canada: Day 1 explores immigrants’ diverse experiences, from Confederation to present day. Newcomers’ unique and shared experiences—across time and cultures—are highlighted in a thoughtful way through oral histories, archival images, original artworks, objects and your participation. Explore Canada: Day 1 through the themes of Transitions, Arrival, Encounters, Finding Your Way and Reflections. You will be transported back to your first day in Canada, or inspired to imagine yourself in a newcomer’s shoes.

“Day 1 in a new country is an important milestone. Whether you came to Canada by ship 50 years ago, or by plane five years ago, whether you came on your own, or surrounded by family, that first day as an immigrant is experienced in a very personal way. We are delighted that Albertans will be able to experience this fascinating exhibition where newcomers’ unique and shared experiences – across time and cultures – are highlighted in a thoughtful way.”
Marie Chapman, CEO, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

With a $500,000 gift from the RBC Foundation, the Canadian Museum of Immigration has collected stories from more than 1,000 immigrants across Canada through its oral history program.

It commissioned original artworks and collected archival images for the exhibition, from Confederation to today. Also displayed are items the immigrants interviewed for this project carried in their luggage to Canada, including beans from Italy, instant noodle soups from Hong Kong, family photo albums, jewelry, books and even stuffed animals.


“This exhibition offers us the opportunity to see Canada with fresh eyes – as newcomers over the past 100 years have experienced it. It invites us to remember the stories of friends and relatives and their first arrivals in our community. It also offers the opportunity for us to extend hands of welcome to those who have just recently arrived here, and invite them to share their stories. Canada Day 1 is a very timely exhibition, and we are pleased to host it, and to present a great variety of activities for our visitors to enjoy”.
Lorna Johnson, Executive Director, Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery

The exhibition will on display at the MAG until August 14, 2016. Regular and special programs have been planned using the theme, and are ongoing throughout the summer. The community is invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday, May 29th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. For a full schedule of the day’s events, please visit our website, https://www.reddeermuseum.com/exhibits-and-events/canada-day-1-opening-reception-1/ .
For further information, please contact Kim Verrier, Visitor Experience Coordinator at 403-309-8405 or by email, kim.verrier@reddeer.ca.

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Cross-Canada Tour Comes to Red Deer

Wednesday, May 11th 2016

For Immediate Release
May 11, 2016


Cross-Canada Tour Comes to Red Deer

Canada: Day 1 — Explore First Steps, First Impressions and First Experiences as a Newcomer to Canada

Red Deer, AB — The cross-Canada tour of Canada: Day 1, an exciting exhibition from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will open at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery on May 21 and runs until August 14th. 

Canada: Day 1 is a travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 as a legacy project of our nation’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Supported nationally by RBC Foundation, Canada: Day 1 explores immigrants’ diverse experiences, from Confederation to present day. Newcomers’ unique and shared experiences—across time and cultures—are highlighted in a thoughtful way through oral histories, archival images, original artworks, objects and your participation. Explore Canada: Day 1 through the themes of Transitions, Arrival, Encounters, Finding Your Way and Reflections. You will be transported back to your first day in Canada, or inspired to imagine yourself in a newcomer’s shoes.

“Day 1 in a new country is an important milestone. Whether you came to Canada by ship 50 years ago, or by plane five years ago, whether you came on your own, or surrounded by family, that first day as an immigrant is experienced in a very personal way. We are delighted that Albertans will be able to experience this fascinating exhibition where newcomers’ unique and shared experiences – across time and cultures – are highlighted in a thoughtful way.”
Marie Chapman, CEO, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

With a $500,000 gift from the RBC Foundation, the Canadian Museum of Immigration has collected stories from more than 1,000 immigrants across Canada through its oral history program.

It commissioned original artworks and collected archival images for the exhibition, from Confederation to today. Also displayed are items the immigrants interviewed for this project carried in their luggage to Canada, including beans from Italy, instant noodle soups from Hong Kong, family photo albums, jewelry, books and even stuffed animals.


“This exhibition offers us the opportunity to see Canada with fresh eyes – as newcomers over the past 100 years have experienced it. It invites us to remember the stories of friends and relatives and their first arrivals in our community. It also offers the opportunity for us to extend hands of welcome to those who have just recently arrived here, and invite them to share their stories. Canada Day 1 is a very timely exhibition, and we are pleased to host it, and to present a great variety of activities for our visitors to enjoy”.
Lorna Johnson, Executive Director, Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery

The exhibition will on display at the MAG until August 14, 2016. Regular and special programs have been planned using the theme, and are ongoing throughout the summer. The community is invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday, May 29th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. For a full schedule of the day’s events, please visit our website, https://www.reddeermuseum.com/exhibits-and-events/canada-day-1-opening-reception-1/ .
For further information, please contact Kim Verrier, Visitor Experience Coordinator at 403-309-8405 or by email, kim.verrier@reddeer.ca.

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C.A.R.E.: Serving Immigrants Since 1980 – Asdolah’s Story

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

C.A.R.E.: Serving Immigrants Since 1980 – Asdolah’s Story

February 27th, 2016 to August 2016

Opening Reception Date: Sunday February 28th, 2016 at 2:00 pm


Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) has been serving new immigrants in our community for over 35 years.  From C.A.R.E.’s founding to present day they have grown and expanded their program of support to newcomers in their transition to life in Red Deer. Together with C.A.R.E. the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) is pleased to tell the story of one of our new Red Deerian’s.  Asdolah Kheirandish came to Red Deer in 2012 as a refugee from Afghanistan with his wife and three young children.  A master rug weaver, his life has followed his art with twists and turns along the way, but like his rugs he has woven a sturdy foundation for his family.  The MAG will be telling Asdolah’s story and displaying the last rug he created by hand in Afghanistan on our community wall.

Admission is free, donations welcome.

For more information, please contact Kim Verrier     
Coordinator of Visitor Services
(403)309-8440
email: kim.verrier@reddeer.ca

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