Reynolds-Alberta MuseumWetaskiwin , Alberta
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Reynolds-Alberta Museum – Exciting and Different
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Alberta, is a museum with international appeal. Our stories are your stories – of ordinary and extraordinary people and how these amazing machines shaped their lives. The Reynolds-Alberta Museum celebrates the “spirit of the machine” through a lively interpretation of an outstanding collection of cars, planes, tractors and industrial machines.
The museum has captured the imagination of car enthusiasts from around the world. From a 1929 Duesenberg Phaeton Royale (valued at more than $1.5M) to the world's oldest production Chevrolet, the collection boasts many unusual, rare and one-of-a-kind vintage vehicles.
A unique feature of the museum is a state-of-the-art restoration shop and conservation lab. The restoration shop specializes in fine woodworking, precision machining, welding, bare metal finish body repairs and panel fabrication. The many successes of the shop are the result of versatility, teamwork and a philosophy of “museum-quality restoration and conservation – no compromise.” The most recent example of a full body-off-frame restoration is the 1935 Maple Leaf truck.
The museum also has the second largest vintage aircraft collection in Canada, next to the National Museum in Ottawa. These 70 rare and significant vintage aircraft include the only remaining Canadian example of a 1929 American Eagle biplane, a rare 1937 Arrowsport and the last surviving 1929 Kari-Keen Sioux Coupe monoplane. Some of these aircraft are currently on display in the museum's Aviation Hangar.
The museum is home to Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. The Hall is a tribute to our priceless aviation heritage from the early days of flight to today's era of space exploration. The lives and achievements of these men and women are presented through biographical panels and flight memorabilia.
The museum's award-winning reference centre is another facet of the experience offered here. It has Canada's largest publicly accessible collection of trade literature. Topics include cars, bicycles, motorcycles, airplanes, tractors, plows, threshers, steam traction engines, fire-fighting equipment, road construction machinery and more. So if you're looking for specifics on your own prized vehicle, the answers may be here. The collection includes service and operators manuals, parts books, sales literature, books, magazines and hundreds of reference files dating from the early 1900s! Manufacturers represented include Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, International, Harley-Davidson and many others that have long since faded from memory.
Some take advantage of our location on the Wetaskiwin airport to fly in for the day. And whether they come by plane, car or bus, our visitors enjoy hands-on demonstrations, interpreter-led programs, audio-visual displays and special annual events. From May to September, the site is alive with the sights and sounds of vintage rides. Cruise the grounds in a 1935 Chevrolet or Model T Touring car. The truly adventurous can soar like an eagle in an open cockpit biplane (on weekends, weather permitting).
- an outstanding collection of more than 350 vehicles, 70 vintage aircraft, 600 pieces of agricultural machinery and a growing collection of industrial equipment interpreting surface mining and road construction.
- four themes: transportation, aviation, agriculture and industry.
- the second largest aviation collection in Canada.
- home of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame.
- offering visitors an opportunity to interact with historic artifacts through vintage vehicle, vintage midway and vintage open cockpit aircraft rides.
- visitor amenities include wheelchair accessibility, 120-seat café, gift shop, 120-seat theatre, motorized people movers to transport visitors around our 205-acre site.
- classified as a Category ‘A' institution by Canadian Cultural Property, having met criteria for a facility with policies, systems and infrastructure to preserve cultural property.
Did you know that the museum has…
- a one-of-a-kind 1929 Duesenberg Phaeton Royale Model J?
- the world's oldest known production Chevrolet, a 1913 Chevrolet Classic Six?
- a Bucyrus Class-24 dragline, built in 1917 and is the world's oldest dragline?
- a 1928 American Eagle biplane, the only surviving Canadian example?
- an internationally acclaimed restoration and conservation shop?
- an award-winning library?
- won two Premier's Awards of Excellence for past exhibitions?
- is one of only two fly-in museums in Canada?
- a full-scale replica of the Avro Arrow?
- a half-track vehicle used in the infamous Bedeux expedition, the subject of the film “Champagne Safari”?
About the Collections
Our collection includes more than 350 motor vehicles, 70 vintage aircraft (second largest collection in Canada), 1000 pieces of agricultural equipment,a growing collection of industrial machines (surface mining, heavy construction and road building), and an extensive documentary collection consisting of books, magazines, newspapers, catalogues, brochures, manuals (service, operator, owner)and various audio visual materials. Oure documentary collections include more than 3000 publications and 35,000 pieces of trade literature.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 5000 (three dimensional artifacts)
(Please see description of collections, above.)
Agriculture Forestry Industrial Technology and History Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints Toys and Games Transportation : Aviation : Motorized ground : Non-motorized ground : Space
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Services & Activities
In our Reference Centre (library), we provide reference and referral services. All documentary collection items available to the public through a request and retrieval process. All materials must be consulted on site. Photocopying available. Requests accepted in person, by phone, fax, e-mail, and regular mail.
We provide information about our collections, with the exception of specifics protected under the Province of Alberta's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Please allow approximately two weeks for a response.
Information Centre Library Conservation or Restoration
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We offer curriculum based educational programming from grades K - 12.
We offer a series of museum-quality Restoration Workshops, annually in February.
School Programs : Age 5-11 (k-6) : Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP) : Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary) Family Programs Classes or Workshops Demonstrations Films Internships Professional Development
interpretive programming, tours, special events
wheelchair and stroller rentals, wheelchair accessible,
food services (Blacktop Diner), facility rentals (with catering if required),
fly-in access (Wetaskiwin Airport CEX3)
Films and Videos Guided Tours : English Children's Activities or Services : Playground : Strollers Available : Nursing area or Change Table Information Centre or Desk Meeting Room Rental Parking Facilities : Free : Bus Gift shop Special Needs Facilities : Parking : Signs : Washrooms : Wheelchairs available : Wheelchair access Cloakroom Washrooms
Volunteer Services Available Volunteer Training Offered
Number of volunteers: 300+
Activities: Our volunteers undergo a screening and selection process, are provided thorough orientation and training, and are mentored by permanent staff. They assist in the following areas:
Collections research and management work, collections restoration and maintenance, and public programming (visitor services, special events, gift shop)
Newsletter, discount in giftshop, free admission
Food services in 120 seat Blacktop Diner. Catering services for groups. Outdoor food kiosks during special events.
Picnic Area Catering Services Reception Facilities Restaurant
General Information Collections Events Education School Visits or Programs Children Directions or Map Online Giftshop or Bookstore
Local Tourism Links
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Publications & Products
All the products listed below are available through the gift shop, operated by the Friends of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum.
Posters Postcards Newsletters Videos Brochures Books Magazines T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps Commemorative Souvenirs Educational kits
Hours & Admission
Operation: Year Round
Vintage vehicle rides - June, July and August
Vintage open cockpit airplane rides, weekends, May through end of August (weather dependant)
Children's Day Camps - Christmas break, Easter break, selected weeks in summer
Open: May 18, 2009 (Victoria Day) to September 7, 2009 (Labour Day)
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - 7 days a week
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (extended hours) - July 1, 2009 to September 7, 2009 (Labour Day)
In off season, Sept - May, closed Mondays, except Holiday Mondays.
Closed Dec 24, 25 and Jan 1
Peak Season - May long weekend to September long weekend:
Adults - $9.00
Seniors - 7.00
Youth - 5.00 (age 7 - 17)
Families - $25.00 (two adults and their children under the age of 17)
Children under 7 admitted free.
Discounts: Seniors Students Groups
2 Km west of Wetaskiwin on Hwy. 13, Wetaskiwin, Alberta
Telephone:   780-361-1351/Toll Free: 1 (800) 661-4726
Box 6360 , Wetaskiwin , Alberta
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Last updated: 2012 03 30