Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre

Art & Culture

Explore. Experience. Enjoy.

Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre offers a variety of exhibitions, events, and educational programs that exemplify Medicine Hat’s rich and diverse culture. Whether it’s locally curated exhibitions or internationally renowned theatre productions, Esplanade is the perfect starting point to explore Medicine Hat’s, and surrounding area’s, collective stories. After turning on historic First Street from the Trans-Canada Highway and winding your way towards downtown, Esplanade stands right across from the city’s beloved Public Library. Experience their galleries, museum, theatre, archives reference services, discovery zone, and more. Along the beautiful South Saskatchewan River valley, you can enjoy arts and heritage in Medicine Hat’s Historic Downtown at Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre.


Inside the exhibitions, you can expect beautifully created works of art and great stories of Medicine Hat’s heritage. The museum is where the story is told through interactive displays and artifacts.  Access to the exhibitions are always pay what you will — you decide the price of your admission. The space is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 12 until 5 p.m.

New For Families! 

In addition to their galleries, you and your family can explore, learn, and be inspired in the Hands On! Discovery Zone. This activity area encourages children’s curiosity, creativity, and self-expression through exploratory processes, making and playing. Be sure to check it out!

Performing Arts

Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre is also home to a theatre like no other in the region. This 700-seat, sophisticated auditorium has seen many great performances grace its stage, and it continues to present dozens of shows every year. From country to rap music; musical theatre to dance; orchestra to solo artist, there is sure to be something for you in the line-up. While you wait to take your seat, explore the galleries to see the latest exhibitions or rediscover the history of Medicine Hat in the museum.

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401 1 St. SE