The Galt is well respected in Alberta's museum community, has a growing national profile and is committed to international museum standards.
The Archives contain an extensive collection of information on the human history of Lethbridge and southwestern Alberta.
Today, the museum cares for well over 17,000 artifacts and more than 1 million archival documents and photographs. These collections continue to grow.
The history of Lethbridge and southwestern Alberta can be explored through the Galt's rotating world-class exhibits, special events, and school and community programs. The Galt Museum Store offers visitors a selection of historic publications and other unique local and retro gifts.
Volunteers donate their time and talents to enhance the work of museum staff.
In addition to numerous walking trails and interpretive signage, the Museum Grounds include two gardens created in partnership with two community groups: The Lethbridge & Distric Horticultural Society and the Galt School of Nursing Alumnae Association. The South Garden is made possible by additional community support.
Garden of Native Prairie Plants
The Lethbridge & District Horticultural Society began planting the garden containing over 40 species of native plants in September 2008 to be ready for its 2009 Centennial Celebration.
Designed by Lethbridge-based horticulturalist June Flanagan, it is appealing in all four seasons and features:
- a variety of wildflowers, grasses and woody plants
- attractive flowers through the growing season
- autumn leaf colour, seed heads, fruit and interesting bark
The plants are placed similar to how they would grow in the river valley: shade tolerant species on the slope against the north wall of the museum, the most drought tolerant species on the steep, southwest-facing slope.
Galt volunteers collect, clean and package the seeds, and they are available in the Galt Museum Store!
Native Prairie Plants Garden Seeds $4.95/pkg
Aside from preserving and interpreting history of southwestern Alberta, the Galt Museum & Archives [formerly the Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives] has a great unfolding history itself, from its early beginnings to the 2005 expansion and beyond.