Native Cultural Arts Centre 

Museums 

About Us 

The Native Cultural Arts Museum is a part of Northern Lakes College (NLC) and is located in the Moosehorn Lodge, at NLC’s 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 Nati?ve 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 Municipal District of Big Lakes, Young Canada Works, and Canada Summer Jobs.

Mission

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

Interpretive Tours

Interpretive tours of both the Museum and the St. Bernard’s Mission are offered year-round to all visitors. For groups of 10 or more individuals, please call the Museum to make a reservation and to ensure that we can accommodate your tour needs.

Educational Programming

Educational programming is an integral part of our Museum's Mission and operational objectives. At the Museum, we strive to create innovative programs for student groups of all ages that demonstrate a respect for cultural awareness and diversity. Our programming is developed to enhance Alberta Education’s Social Studies Curriculum. 

Educational programs include:
Year-round?
  • Interpretive tours with hands-on artifacts
  • Outreach programming - presentations on topics related to the Museum’s collection
  • Information booths or small educational exhibits
Spring and summer
  • Drop-in craft and art programming – July and August
  • Story time with hands-on artifacts – May to August

Historical Village field trips - May and June