Making a Living, Making a Life
Dates: January 15, 1994 – May 1, 1994
On loan from the Vancouver Museum.
Through original photographs, artifacts and sound effects, Making a Living, Making a Life depicted the experiences of people who lived and worked in British Columbia’s sawmills, shingle mills, logging camps, canneries, and manufacturing companies, from 1900 to 1994.
Dates: December 1, 1994 – January 31, 1995
A lighthearted look at the marvellous machines that moved Albertans through the winter featuring winter transportation such as vintage snowmobiles, vintage automobiles, a ski plane, a Model T Snow Flyer, a 1939 Snow Sedan, antique skis and much more.
Interactive games and activities included preparing a 1912 Jackson touring car for winter.
Chopped, Channelled and Chromed
Dates: March 4, 1995 – April 30, 1995
Featuring pre-1949 Alberta hot rods, this display provided visitors with examples of cars that had been slammed, dropped, and raked. All 13 vehicles displayed were high quality, completely restored and borrowed from private collectors.
Dates: June 9, 1995 – October 15, 1995
A display featuring a brigade of bright red vintage fire engines and rescue equipment.
Visitors also entered the Fire Hose Laying Competition, survived the Hazard House, competed in the Rescue Relay, and took in a vintage car, plane or midway ride.
Dates: June 1, 1996 – September 29, 1996
Award: Premier’s Award of Excellence 1997 Silver Recipient
A spectacular four-month display of 120 rare, vintage, exotic, and significant machines, exhibited chronologically from 1900 to 1989.
Special event weekends included Roads to RAM, Motorcycle Masters, and Two Wheeling Through Time.
'60s a Go-Go
Dates: May 31, 1997 – January 18, 1998
Award: Premier’s Award of Excellence 1997 Silver Recipient
‘60s a Go-Go: A Fun Look at TV, Cars and Rock ‘n Roll in the 1960s focused on both vehicles and the social culture of the 1960s.
Daily activities included Arts and Crafts such as macramé, beading and body painting, ‘60s Games in a Rumpus Room (complete with green shag rug and TV trays), Slinky Races, What’s That Smell?, Trivia Trail and Dance Lessons. Interpretive programs included Decade, Trans Canada Trek, Headline Challenge, Backslides, RAM Studios Present, and The RAM Sullivan Show (theatre performances with audience participation).
Special event weekends included Opening Day, Where Were You In ’62?, Sounds of the Sixties and a Laugh-In.
Visitors could take home a magazine publication.
High Flyers: Women in Aviation
Dates: November 1, 1998 – January 4, 1998
Loaned from the National Aviation Museum
This multi-media display communicated the love of aviation and flying as experienced and described by Canadian women aviators. Those profiled included pilots, flight attendants and engineers such as Marion Orr, Molly Reilly, Helen Bristol, Elsie MacGill and Rosella Bjornson. All of them are also members of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.
The OddBall Tractor Company
Dates: September 21, 2001 – March 15, 2002
The OddBall Tractor Company: Strange Solutions to Replacing the Horse featured 12 examples of early 20th-century prototype tractors. The race to replace horsepower resulted in some bizarre, silly and sometimes dangerous contraptions.
Auto Adventure and the Mysteries of the Collection
Dates: May 18, 2002 – January 1, 2003
Visitors imagined downing champagne and truffles on an Alberta wilderness expedition, saw a car made of papier-mâché, and heard about a sports car empire built with $23 million of government funding. Overall, they learned about the extraordinary stories behind the fantastic vehicles in this exhibit.
Life & Times of the Motorcycle
Dates: May 14, 2005 – September 17, 2006
Sponsor: Honda Canada Inc.
Awards: One of Canada’s Top Ten Attractions Summer 2005, Premier’s Award of Excellence 2006 Bronze Recipient, Alberta Museums Association 2006 Programming Award in the Exhibits Category, CMA Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions 2007
This exhibition told the story of motorcycling, emphasizing Alberta and Western Canada, from 1900 to 2005. More than 150 motorcycles were located throughout the entire exhibit space in modules such as "The Two-wheel Highway," "Pieces of History," "Origins," "The Early Years," "The Mechanical Workhorse," "Motorcycle Evolution," "The Early Showroom," "Trends," "My First Bike," "Motorcycle Pioneers," "Customizing," "Fashion and Safety," "Racing," "Motorcycle Advertising," "Off-Road," "Military Motorcycles," and a "Profile" of Doris Maron. Many motorcycles were on loan from their owners.
Events included a Grand Opening, Art and the Motorcycle, Motorcycles and the People Who Love Them, and the Life and Times of the Motorcycle Lecture Series.
Visitors could take home a museum catalogue of the exhibition.
Showin’ Off: Our Warehouse Rarities on Display!
Dates: June 9, 2007 – February 19, 2008
Awards: NAAMY Award of Excellence Division II – 2007 3rd Place Entry Interpretive Exhibits, Premier's Award of Excellence 2008 Gold Recipient
In response to demand from visitors to see the “diamonds in the rust,” usually stored in the on-site warehouse, this exceptional display in a vast, 15,000-square-foot tent featured 50 of the museum’s most rare, significant, unusual and one-of-a-kind vintage cars as well as three specially selected aircraft from our renowned warehouse collection. Most vehicles were in un-restored condition, and many were very early pre-war pieces. Unlike in the warehouse, where most vehicles are stored in the dark and high on the mezzanine level, the museum display allowed visitors to get “up close and personal” with these rare machines.
The Model T: How Tin Lizzie Changed The World
Dates: June 1, 2008 – February 28, 2009
Award: NAAMY Award of Excellence Division II – 2008 Second Place Entry: Interpretive Exhibits
With more than two dozen Model T cars (along with a Model N and a Model A), this was the largest display of its kind in western Canada. Visitors learned about the origins of the Model T and discovered why their credit rating, home design, 8-hour workday, and freedom of the open road are all courtesy of Tin Lizzie! Visitors also had fun learning how to drive a Model T in the museum theatre and had their picture taken in the You and Tin Lizzie photo parlour. They saw the Anna and Harold’s Auto Camping Adventure live presentation, played the Assembly Line Game, and were a part of the tongue-twisting Endless Chain!
Visitors could take home videos of some of the live presentations.
Celebrating 100 Years of Powered Flight in Canada
Dates: May 16, 2009 – August 31, 2009
The museum selected 30 aircraft from its collection to tell the stories associated with aviation advances over the past 100 years. The exhibit moved through aviation history, starting with a replica of the 1909 Silver Dart and continuing with historically significant aircraft such as the Grey Gull Helicopter, Voodoo, Vampire, Haseloh Gyrocopter, Avro Arrow (full-scale model), Bristol Freighter, and a 2009 Vindicator UAV (an uncrewed vehicle drone), to name but a few! The museum’s on-site partner Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) participated in this exhibit by telling the stories of some of the fascinating people who contributed to aviation in Canada, including CAHF members Wop May, Chris Hatfield and the museum’s primary benefactor, Stan Reynolds.
Visitors could get a free souvenir photo taken beside a 1928 WACO 10 GXE bi-plane in the Flying Ace Photo Parlour, make customized aviation goggles to take home or purchase a ride in an open cockpit bi-plane.
Children could complete the Passport to Powered Flight pilot’s logbook.
The Spirit of the Machine: Staff Picks
Dates: May 22, 2010 – September 30, 2010
With The Spirit of the Machine: Staff Picks from the Museum’s Collections, visitors saw more than thirty rare, unusual and one-of-a-kind items of personal significance to Reynolds’ staff. Each item selected held some significant meaning to those who chose them, whether they had a fantastic story, emotional connection or just visually appealed to the individual. The staff selected items representing nearly all themes from the collection, from rusted-out wrecks to pristinely restored vehicles and from the largest agricultural pieces to some of the most delicate paper documents. The exhibit included a Chief Pontiac Statue, 1912 IHC Mogul 45, 1913 Marsh and Henthorn Donkey Engine, 1928 Elgin Street Sweeper, 1930s Hamilton aircraft float, 1934 Matchless Silver Hawk motorcycle, 1960 Imperial Crown Southampton, 1975 Bricklin SV-1, 1999 U of A/NAIT Solar Car, and more.
Luxury Cars of the Roaring Twenties
Date: May 21, 2011 – February 29, 2012
Award: NAAMY Award of Excellence Division II 2011 2nd Place Interpretive Exhibits
Visitors found out what made the Roaring Twenties “ROAR” after taking in this feature exhibit. This glimpse into this decade’s lifestyle included more than 25 luxury cars that reflect not only the technology but the widespread prosperity of this short, exciting era. A significant part of this display was the roll-out of the freshly restored 1918 Winton Six; other luxury cars on display included Rolls-Royce, Packard, Marmon, REO, Pierce-Arrow, Cadillac, Franklin, Rickenbacker, and Duesenberg. Some of the vehicles in this exhibition were in rough, last-used condition, offering the public a view of our collection as a study collection. Although not restored, their value lies in the stories they tell and their historical significance. Information for each vehicle was shared through photos of the original sales brochures and specifications.
Dinosaurs of the Field
Dates: May 19, 2012 – October 14, 2012
Dinosaurs of the Field: Tractors That Built Alberta featured 19 of the giant gasoline-powered tractors that ruled Alberta from 1908 to 1921. Information shared for each tractor included a photo of the sales brochure specifications, a description of innovations and why each machine became extinct.
Visitors wrote a Picture Postcard to their friends and family, and we mailed them.
The Fabulous Fifties
Dates: May 18, 2013 – October 14, 2014
Awards: NAAMY Award of Excellence Division II – 2013 First Place – Interpretive Exhibits, NAAMY Award of Excellence Division II – 2013 Third Place – Books/Exhibit Catalogs
This feature exhibit explores the car culture of the 1950s: "Car Tunes," "Drive-Ins," "Only in Canada," "Foreign Invasion," "Aviation Influence," "Chrome Dreams: Colour and Style," and "Designer Influences: The People Behind the Designs." Of the 25 vehicles displayed, 5 were on loan. Highlights from the museum’s collection included the 1955 Chevrolet Nomad, which was freshly restored, and the 1951 Studebaker Champion, which was restored during the show.
Daily activities included the Say “Pink!” photo opportunity, 1950s Movie Trailers and Car Commercials in the Starlight Drive-In (complete with retro car seats), Farmhouse – Fabulous Fifties Fun children’s play area, and Build Your Own Flying Car craft. Additional weekend activities included the Play Your Hunch game show, Family Fun Play Area – Hoola Hoops & Drag Racing, and Flying Fins presentation. Summer evening activities included Thursday Night is Fabulous Fifties Movie Night.
Visitors could take home an exhibition catalogue.
Stan Reynolds: The Original Canadian Picker
Dates: May 16, 2015 – October 11, 2016
Visitors shared Stan Reynolds’ passion for collecting by checking out his most significant finds.
This exhibition introduced Collections Storage Facility “Behind the Scenes” Tours and White Glove Tours, where visitors don the white gloves and follow their tour guide to explore the 1920 Canadian Tractor, 1947 Grey Gull, 1912 Hupp-Yeats Electric Coach and 1942 Hawker Hurricane. Further activities included the Are You a Canadian Picker? self-guided treasure hunt, Farm House Play Zone featuring toys spanning Stan’s lifetime, Craft Station thaumatrope craft, “Be a Picker” activity, Starlight Drive-In classic cartoon shorts from 1935-1956, and a Play Zone where visitors could build a puzzle of the Hawker Hurricane or design and colour their Nose Art. Two films about Stan Reynolds were shown in the Theatre.
Honda Motorcycles of the ’50s & ’60s
Dates: July 1, 2015 – October 10, 2016
Sponsor: Honda Canada Inc.
This Honda motorcycle display was all about the bikes! With more than 40 motorcycles, this display was a journey through the early years of Honda. From the rare to the commonplace, these motorcycles reflect the innovations that made the Honda lineup practical, comfortable, economical and reliable – oh yes, and fun!
The McLaughlin Story
Dates: May 20, 2017 – October 9, 2018
Sponsor: Alberta Motor Association
The McLaughlin Story: 150 Years of Carriages, Cars & Canada Dry shared with visitors how this family of risk-takers shaped Canada’s transportation industry in this two-part exhibition: the Remington Carriage Museum told the first part of the story, and the Reynolds-Alberta Museum told the second part.
Remington Carriage Museum:
- Visitors were told the story of the McLaughlins and the Canadian carriage industry told through a display of more than 20 beautifully restored and as-found McLaughlin carriages, including 5 newly donated from the McLaughlin family.
- Activities included guided tours of the Main and Storage Gallery focusing on McLaughlin carriages, Horse University kids area with Canadian toys, and Carriage Rides.
- Events included Canada’s 150 Party at the RCM (display grand opening) in partnership with the Town of Cardston and the Canadian Western Art Show featuring celebrated Canadian Cowboy artist Don Brestler.
- Award: NAAMY Award of Excellence Division II – 2017 First Place – Interpretive Exhibits
- Visitors saw a display of 30 McLaughlin, McLaughlin-Buick, and General Motors products, including 5 loaned vehicles.
- Visitor activities included White Glove Tours, Pursuit of McLaughlin game, Farm House Play Zone, Craft Station featuring an “Across Canada Race” and “Auto Fashions” match game, Starlight Drive-In showing Canadian movie shorts, Vintage Vehicle Tour Program and Warehouse Tours.
- Photo Album
Dates: August 19, 2017 – October 8, 2018
This temporary display of 25 bikes covered 70 years (1916 to 1986) of military motorcycle history.
The Roger Carry Collection
Dates: November 3, 2018 – April 30, 2019
The six vehicles in this display had been donated to the Reynolds-Alberta Museum from the Roger Carry Collection.
Vehicles displayed were a 1936 Ford Deluxe Roadster, 1950 Ford Custom Deluxe Convertible, 1950 Mercury Eight Convertible, 1956 Ford Crown Victoria Skyliner, 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, and 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Convertible.
Our Checkered Past: Racing in Alberta
Dates: May 18, 2019 – October 15, 2019
This display of six vehicles offered a glimpse into Alberta’s racing history. The cars and motorcycles featured, combined with the stories of the people involved, and demonstrated how these individuals built a name for themselves and Alberta in the racing world.
Honda Motorcycles of the ’70s & ’80s
Dates: May 16, 2019 – October 15, 2019
Sponsor: Honda Canada Inc.
More than 40 bikes told the story of technological development during this period, including the release of the world’s first superbike, the Honda CB750.
Motorbikus Mechanicus..A Love Story
Dates: June 23, 2021 – October 10, 2022
Partner: Fairview Campus, Northwestern Polytechnic.
Reynolds-Alberta Museum and Fairview Campus, Northwestern Polytechnic , formerly Fairview College, invited visitors to share the history of Canada’s finest motorcycle training programs.
Visitors learned about:
- the history of Fairview Campus as it pertains to motorcycle repair training over a 40 year period
- the people, the work, and the international scope and influence of the programs
- 40 rare gems in the college’s “Toy Box” collection of motorcycles, integral for training over the years, including concept bikes, early production, mint condition bikes
Things to do included:
- Seeing a video of a motorcycle engine rebuild
- Hearing short taped interviews with program alumni
- Viewing 40 selected bikes that have been used in training
- Seeing a cut-away of a full motorcycle
- Seeing a variety of historical memorabilia, including safety clothing, promotional materials etc.
- Taking and sharing a DIY photo sitting in a Harley-Davidson trike
- Seeing what the future holds for these programs at Fairview Campus