Where History Comes Alive
Pioneer Acres Museum is one of the largest agricultural and industrial history museums in Alberta with a collection of thousands of artifacts. At its location in Rocky View County, near Irricana, Alberta, Pioneer Acres Museum shares Alberta stories from the beginning of settlement to present day.
Pioneer Acres Museum is operated by the Pioneer Acres Plowmen and Threshermen’s Club of Alberta, which is an association registered in the province of Alberta. The club is also a registered charity. It was established in 1969 when a group of farmers and agricultural aficionados in the Langdon area had the idea of holding an annual event showcasing agricultural equipment from the early 1900’s. The group formed a legal entity in 1971 and has continued the tradition of holding an annual show ever since.
While the annual show is an integral part of Pioneer Acres Museum, the museum has become much more than just the show. Pioneer Acres moved from Langdon to the present property in 1983. It now consists of over 20 buildings on 50 acres of land. It has 2 permanent staff, several parttime staff and hundreds of volunteers. Staff responsibilities are varied and include collections care and conservation, visitor services, gift shop sales, program development and delivery, fundraising, marketing, general and financial administration, and management functions.
Pioneer Acres Museum is committed to collecting a representation of the material evidence of Alberta's agricultural and industrial history, from the settlement period (circa 1870) to approximately 1980. Artifacts made and/or used in the province are a priority. The Museum's extensive collection of agricultural machinery and transportation equipment has become indelibly linked with Pioneer Acres national and international reputations. In addition, the collection contains a wide variety of household, business, and personal artifacts representative of Alberta's history.