Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to visit the museum?

That depends a lot on you but we suggest between 1 and 2 hours for the exhibits. If you would like to hike our lower trail, add on an additional 45 min to an hour, and, if you would like to do the many site geocaches, an additional 30 minutes or so. You may also want to plan time to visit our café (open seasonally), and our gift store.

What are your admission fees & hours?

Hours and admission prices.

What passes does the museum accept?

We accept: Experience Alberta History Pass, Southern Alberta Provincial Historic Sites & Museums Pass, AMA, Cultural Access Pass and CFOne card.

How do I get to the museum?

Driving directions and Goolge Maps.

Are there bison (buffalo) on site?

There are not bison on site (sorry – our little patch of land is just too small to support them), however, you can see bison in nearby Waterton Lakes National Park.

Where can I stay nearby?

The area has a number of fine camp grounds and hotels. For a list of campgrounds in Alberta visit For a list of hotels visit

Where can I eat?

If our café is closed, there are many restaurants in the area.

May I take photos at the museum?

Yes! Members of the public can take photos throughout the facility. You can even tag us on social media. No commercial media photography/videography without prior permission/arrangements. Please respect other visitors who may not want their photos taken and or shared.

Is food permitted in the museum?

We have a café and other locations where food is permitted but we ask that you do not eat or drink in the gallery spaces.

What are the café hours?

May 6 – October 1, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

What is your breast feeding policy?

We don’t have a policy. We ask that all visitors are respectful to all other visitors and user groups.

What information is available for visitors with disabilities? Are you wheelchair accessible?

Our entire center, as well as the trail to the look out at the top of the building is wheel chair accessible. We also have a limited number of wheel chairs available to borrow for use in the center. Our Lower Trail is not recommended for those with mobility issues and is not wheel chair accessible. Our exhibit text is available to borrow in braille.

Can I bring my dog to the museum?

Only service animals are allowed on-site and inside the museum. There are a number of hotels and camp grounds in the nearby town of Fort Macleod where you can stay with your pet. Please do not leave your animals unattended inside hot vehicles. We will remove them.

Do you have information in other languages?

Basic exhibit information is available in German, Italian and French.

Does highway 785 continue past Head-Smashed-In to Pincher Creek?

Yes, however, shortly beyond Head-Smashed-In, the road turns to gravel (roughly 35 winding kilometers of it!). We do not recommend this road for those traveling via motorbike or RV or those not used to driving on gravel.

What else is there to see and do in the area?

This part of the world is full of amazing things to see and do. Don’t be fooled by the wide open spaces on the map… here is a small selection of things to do that are all within an hour & a half of Head-Smashed-In:

Frank Slide Interpretive Center
Remington Carriage Museum
The Fort Museum
The Empress Theatre
Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village
Bellevue Underground Mine
Galt Museum & Archives
Fort Whoop Up
Helen Shuler Nature Center
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden
Alberta Birds of Prey Center
Waterton Lakes National Park
Castle Mountain Ski Hill

And of course Travel Alberta always has amazing travel resources!

Who operates Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump?

The site is operated by The Alberta Government, although it has been protected provincially, federally and by UNESCO.

What sort of school programming do you offer?

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump offers programs for youth and school groups.

Do you book birthday parties/weddings?

We do not offer birthday party or wedding bookings. You may book the Joe Crow Shoe Lodge, but there is no food or beverages permitted in this room. You may take photos on site, but remember you must share the space with other museum visitors.

How can I find out about museum events?

Special events and activities take place throughout the visitor season.

How do I book one of your spaces?

The Joe Crow Shoe Lodge is available for booking. For information about booking this space, email


Last reviewed/revised: March 18, 2016