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Monday - Friday: 12 - 5pm

Closed Weekends & Holidays

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Guided Gallery Tour

Guided Gallery Tour
Please note that the following items are conditions of entry to the Esplanade:

I agree that if I am suffering from any COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, difficulty breathing, sore throat, nasal congestion on the date of my scheduled visit that I will not enter the Esplanade.

While in the facility, I agree to adhere to physical distancing measures in place. If I do not cooperate, I understand I may be asked to leave.

Gallery Admission is Pay What You Will (PWYW), where you decide the fee you pay. We encourage visitors to enjoy the galleries first and make a payment upon departure. Payment option include contactless card payment or cash deposited into a sealed box after the visit

Please observe the following:
  • A current health acknowledgement is required at admission booking
  • Admission is Pay What You Will (you decide)
  • Sanitize your hand at the stations provided
  • Practice social distancing guidelines of 2 meters apart
  • Follow directional signage
  • If you feel unwell [fever, cough, sneeze, aches etc), visit us when you have completely recovered
Precautions we have taken:
As per AHS Guidelines
  • Increased cleaning frequency
  • Removed any touch point exhibitions
  • Visitor capacity limited to AHS Guidelines
  • Two family washrooms available for public use
  • Access to upper floors & elevators are restricted

Guided Gallery Tours

Pre-registration required | Pay What You Will
MON & WED - 1PM & 3 PM | THU 3 & 4 PM
These brief guided gallery tours (approx. 20 minutes long) are led by our knowledgeable docents. Flexible and informative, they offer a great introduction to our current art and heritage exhibitions. Discover the inspiration behind the artworks and exhibits, learn little known facts and get the inside curatorial scoop. Then self-explore with your new found knowledge and uncover the meaning and stories for yourself. Our docents will be nearby to help answer your arising questions. 

Exhibition Information:

Topping It Off

Heritage Gallery

Hats keep us warm, help us stay cool, and protect us. They keep the sun out of our eyes. Hats express our sense of style, and they help show who we are and what we do.

In this city named Medicine Hat, the Esplanade has over two hundred hats in its artefact collection. These range from a 19th century Siksika headdress up to a Maverick’s baseball cap. Plain or ornate, practical or not—every hat has a job to do. Explore the history and traditions of hats in Topping it Off.

Dauntless | The Lost Town
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Located just a few kilometers south of Medicine Hat, stands what is left of the Canada Cement Company town, Dauntless. In its heyday, beginning in 1912, Dauntless had its own school, post office, railway station, spur line, and a factory that was supposed to employ over 500 people. But just as quickly as it began, Dauntless collapsed under the weight of its own progress, and today, all that remains of the town is a large abandoned cement factory. What happened to Dauntless?


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