One of Banff's most important heritage buildings is the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada. Opened in 1895, the Banff Park Museum was moved into this building in 1903. Designed by John Stocks, an engineer for the Territorial Government, its cross-log motif exemplifies an architectural style common in the town at that time. Norman Bethune Sanson, the museum's curator from 1896 to 1932, energetically developed the collections, initially put together by the Geological Survey of Canada. Throughout its early years the museum dealt with natural and human history but by the late 1950's was limited to natural history. Built in the rustic building tradition, it is the oldest natural history museum in Western Canada, and though this building was refurbished in 1985, the exhibit reflects museum interpretation current around 1914.
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