Starting this weekend, Pioneer Acres Museum will be opening up to the public for the season and they have a new attraction, the Grain Academy. 

Diana Rowe, the Marketing Coordinator for Pioneer Acres Museum, said is a place full of history. 

“We are a working Agricultural Museum. We focus on equipment and artifacts that were used in Western Canada in the early 1900s. We restore pieces of equipment as well as being a museum.” 

The museum itself has been located north of Irricana for quite some time, but the Grain Academy recently moved from the Calgary Stampede grounds.  

“The Grain Academy was located in the BMO Center in Calgary on the stampede grounds.” says Rowe, “With all the new construction and all of the changes that are happening on the stampede grounds in Calgary, it was decided that the Grain Academy wouldn't fit there anymore. Pioneer Acres Museum was very fortunate to be the location that was determined to be a good fit.” 

The exhibit features artifacts and exhibits documenting the production and transportation of grain from the early pioneering days to modern times. 

Alongside the Grain Academy, Pioneer Acres Museum showcases truck and blacksmith exhibits, a historical farm home moved on-site a one-room schoolhouse and numerous tractors.  

“It really is a live demonstration, history comes to life out here,” said Rowe. 

This May long weekend, the museum will open up for the season and run until September 30. You can stop in from 9 am to 5 pm every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and Monday.

They have events all summer long and usually kick off their season with the spring tractor pull, which will be happening on May 28.

They are located 30 kilometres east of Airdrie, on Hwy 567 to Hwy 9, one kilometre north of the town of Irricana on Township Road 274. 

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