MAG 50th Anniversary

Celebrating 50 years of the Red Deer & District Museum Society

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The Red Deer & District Museum Society turned 50 years old on November 15, 2022

Thank you for celebrating our anniversary with us!

Upcoming Events

Events and programs related to our 50th anniversary. Check back soon!

(pictured) Billboard that reads “Never leave Red Deer without seeing through the Museum”. Postcard was mailed to someone in Calgary, Alberta. Sign advertises the Dr. Henry George Museum in Red Deer. Courtesy of Red Deer Archives, P2144

Did you know?

Red Deer had a much earlier museum. From 1907-1922, Dr. Henry George had a museum on Ross Street and 48th Avenue. The museum had originally opened in Innisfail in 1904, but it was moved to Red Deer in 1907.

Dr. George and his wife, Barbara George (Bernard), helped found the Alberta Natural History Society. As such, their museum collection contained numerous taxidermy animals and natural specimens.

History Bits

  • Francis the Pig

    The legend of Francis began in 1990 when he escaped from a local abattoir. For nearly five months the fugitive roamed Red Deer’s parkland, eluding predators and several attempts to catch him. This freedom loving pig was finally caught in 1991. Unfortunately, Francis succumbed to injuries he received in his capture.

  • World’s Most Boring Post Card

    In 1992 the MAG was awarded the title of winner of the World’s Most Boring Postcard competition. This competition was held by the London Metropolitan Police Department in London, England, and the MAG was nominated for the award by former Red Deer Mayor, Morris Flewwelling. In our Collection we have a crewneck sweater commemorating the win, and have reproductions of it available in our online store!
  • The Rocket

    Built in 1967 by the Red Deer Kinsmen Club, this 26 foot tall structure featured a control cabin and slide. Perched on the hill at Kin Kanyon, the Rocket was an attraction for children of all ages.
  • MAGnificent Saturdays

    Revisiting our favourite activities from the past

    Program Details
  • Historical Downtown Walking Tours

    Select Wednesdays & Saturdays from June to September

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  • Get into the Groove: Family Day at the MAG

    February 20, 2023 – 1-4 pm

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  • Upon Further Reflection: Highlights from the Past 50 Years

    December 17, 2022 – March 11, 2023

    Exhibit Details
  • At First Glance: Collecting Over the Years

    September 24 – November 30, 2022

    Exhibit Details
  • Stories at a Museum

    September 22-24, 2023

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What’s Old is New

Some of our recent social posts celebrating our history

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