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Provincial sites are open for summer

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and other Alberta museums, historic sites and archives  are reopening as part of Stage 2 of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan.

Head-Smashed-In, which has been closed through most of the COVID-19 pandemic for construction and renovations, will reopen Monday, June 21.

The government said Wednesday that the Provincial Archives of Alberta and Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology would open last Thursday.

Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, Remington Carriage Museum and the Royal Alberta Museum reopen Wednesday, June 16.

The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village reopens Saturday, June 19.

The Reynolds-Alberta Museum reopens Wednesday, June 23.

“Alberta’s museums, historic sites and archives have done a wonderful job this past year,” Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women Minister Leela Sharon Aheer said.

“They have sparked our curiosity and kept us engaged in our province’s history. We are so excited to welcome Albertans back by offering a safe and fun experience for families, educators and history buffs alike.

“This is another important step in our province getting back to normal, and having the best summer ever.”

The facilities have taken care to reopen in a safe and responsible manner.

Important measures to know:

• Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, places of worship and indoor workplaces. Bring and wear your own non-medical mask when visiting provincial museums and heritage sites.

• Timed ticketing is in place at several facilities to allow for reduced visitor capacity and physical distancing. Book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment, as walk-up admissions may not be accommodated.

Each site has a plan specific to their facility, so visitors need to check on-line and review the visitor guidelines before arriving to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is 18 kilometres north and west of Fort Macleod on Secondary Highway 785. Phone 403-553-2731.

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