Michener House Museum


Hours of Operation

Spring Hours (May-June):
Open Tuesday to Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Summer Hours (July-August):
Open Wednesday to Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Winter Hours(September-April):
Open Saturdays
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location
5036 - 51 Street (Alberta Street)
Lacombe, AB

Contact (403) 782-3933

Info@lacombemuseum.com


History of the Michener House

The Michener House was built in 1894 as the Village of Lacombe Methodist Church Parsonage. Today it is historically significant as the birthplace of Right Honourable Roland Michener, former Governor General of Canada, and as the parsonage of his father, Edward. The house is also historically significant as one of the oldest remaining buildings in Lacombe, and illustrates the important first phase of the town's development. The Michener House is a modest example of typical turn-of-the-century frame building construction.

After the departure of the Michener family, the house passed to successive ministers, was expanded with an addition to the rear in 1918 and subsequently converted for use as a church hall. The church was also used as a hall after the congregation joined with that of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Lacombe to form St. Andrew's United Church in 1922. In later years the church saw service as the Lacombe's Boy Scout Hall, and was finally demolished in 1984. 

The Michener House was declared a Provincial Historic Site in 1977 and was restored to its original appearance prior to opening as the Michener House Museum in 1984.

The Michener House Museum displays items from Roland Michener's personal and family collections, furnishings from the turn of the century, the original pump organ from Grace Methodist Church, in addition to the bed that Roland Michener was born in.

The Archives preserve the Michener legacy as well as documents, photographs, and artifacts significant to the Lacombe region and its history. The documents and photographs are accessible to the public by appointment. Digital copies of archival photographs can be obtained at a cost of $10/ each. Please contact the office for more information at (403) 782-3933

At the Museum we offer free guided tours and programming for school and community groups. Outside in our lovely garden, we have picnic tables and outdoor space for activities during the summer.


2018 MUSEUM PROGRAMS & EVENTS

INTERNATIONAL MUSEUMS DAY
Friday, May 18, 2018
GUIDED WALKING TOUR @10 am & 2 pm
HERITAGE GARDEN PLANTING 1pm to 4pm


ART IN THE GARDEN
Saturdays: from 10 am to 12 pm               
FREE
Enjoy a morning of painting, drawing, and Creating in the garden at Michener House.
All art supplies are provided. This drop-in program is offered every Saturday from June to August.


SENIORS WEEK
Thursday June 7, 2018 @ 10 am
FREE
Guided Bus Tour of Lacombe’s Historic Downtown. Pick-up at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.


SKILLS FOR HOMESTEADERS
Wed, Thu & Fridays: from 1 pm to 4 pm
FREE
Join us on weekdays in July and August for fun hands-on learning at Michener House.  Learn essential skills every homesteader needs to know;
·         Washing
·         Carding & Spinning Wool
·         Knitting & Crochet
·         Local Plants & Gardening
·         Making Butter


CANADA DAY WEEKEND
FREE ADMISSION TO ALL EVENTS!

WALKING TOURS
Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1, 2018
Guided walking tour of Lacombe's Historic Downtown.
Tours start at the Michener House at 10am, 2pm and 3pm.

MICHENER HOUSE
Sunday July 1, 2018
Wagon Rides: 10am to 4pm
Tea Party: 12pm to 3pm
Enjoy the company of some of Lacombe’s most famous characters from the past played by local heritage performers from the Zap Theater company. Have a piece of cake, get your picture taken by Ben Cameron, or make a Canada themed craft. Hop on a horse drawn wagon for an exciting ride through downtown Lacombe.

BLACKSMITH SHOP
Watch the Blacksmiths at work and learn about the tools of the trade at the Blacksmith Shop.


LACOMBE DAYS
July 27-29, 2018
FREE
Annual Chalk Mural Competition and family friendly activities at the Michener House Museum. Learn Métis Finger weaving. Pet a friendly creature at the petting zoo.
Watch the Blacksmiths at work and learn about Canadian Tools at the Blacksmith Shop.
Guided walking tours of Lacombe's Historic Downtown.
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Central Alberta Pride Week
Aug 17 & Aug. 18 1- 4 pm
RAINBOW KNITTING BEE at the Michener House Museum.


AB OPEN FARM DAYS
Sat. August 18 & Sun. August 19, 2018
FREE
WOOL -MANIA: 1 pm to 4 pm
From carding to knitting, learn it all at the Michener House Museum. Join our rainbow knitting bee.
HAMMER-IN: 10 am to 5 pm
Watch the blacksmiths tackle a group project at the Blacksmith Shop.


LACOMBE CULTURE & HARVEST FESTIVAL
Sept 28- Oct 1, 2018
FREE
Special Events at the Museums throughout the festival. Watch the Blacksmiths at work and learn about the tools and the trade at the Blacksmith Shop.
Guided walking tour of Lacombe's Historic Downtown.


LIGHT UP THE NIGHT
November 22-24, 2018
FREE
Join the Lacombe & District Historical Society as they revisit Christmas of yesteryear. Stop in to cozy Michener House and listen to festive stories. Get a taste of old fashioned Christmas with free cookies and cider. Purchase Christmas cards and handmade decorations.