Galt Museum offers a dramatic, modern profile when approached via the coulee behind Fort Whoop Up.
From the dramatic glass-enclosed Discovery Center at the back of the historic Galt Museum and Archives, the ascent trail from Fort Whoop Up swings right into exhibits of historical agricultural exhibits, local crop alternatives and water management interpretations en route to terraced gardens hosting statues of important historical icons who contributed to the early development of the region.
The current mixture of historic and modern components representing Galt Museum and Archives is preceded by a long and intricate chain of development steps beginning as early as 1888.
Circling through the gardens beside the current Galt Museum and Archives reveals an elaborate and fascinating collection of memorabilia spanning earliest days in Lethbridge to present times. Brass statues of benevolent and influential Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt and Elliott Torrance Galt guard the entrance to the refurbished 1910 extension of the original 1891 Galt Hospital. The hospital extension was opened by Prime Minister Sir Wilfred Laurier. There is deep, rich and fascinating history here.
The entrance to the major component of the present day museum includes the spectacular Discovery Hall with changing exhibits and spectacular vistas across the historic river valley. Discovery Hall opened on May 6, 2006.
Trail behind the Galt Museum and Archives branches past modern art exhibits and trail junctions for the viewpoint lookouts above Fort Whoop Up. Although the attraction can be accessed via hiking trail from Fort Whoop Up, city access by vehicle is best done via Scenic Drive and 5th Avenue S.
Photographs for this brief visit around the exterior of the Galt Museum and Archives are captured on a hike from Fort Whoop Up to viewpoints at the top of Hoodoo Hills within Indian Battle Park near the High Level Bridge in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.