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Archives and Museum

Archives and Museum is housed within the oldest standing brick school in Alberta, historic McKay Avenue School, which sits on the same site as the 1881 Schoolhouse. These historic buildings have been part of Edmonton’s downtown community and history since 1881. Today, as a public archives and museum we strive to Preserve, Educate, and Inspire.

This impressive three-storey structure preserves the history of Edmonton Public Schools and links its legacy with Edmonton and the historic beginnings of Alberta. 

Our educational programs in our two historic landmarks help to give students a sense of place and history. Visitors gain a first-hand experience of a local legacy on self-guided tours, while the historic building’s engaging atmosphere inspires collaboration and innovation for conferences or business meetings, and provides an intriguing backdrop for more intimate events like wedding ceremonies, appreciation nights, or speaking series.

This stunning building provides a unique, memorable, and inviting space that can be used for events year-round. Our convenient downtown location, relationships with local catering companies, and six rooms to rent—each with its own unique charm—give us the ability and flexibility to accommodate everything from small business meetings to large fundraising galas.