Your cultural experience of Medicine Hat starts in the City’s core nestled in the South Saskatchewan River valley. After turning on historic First Street from the Trans-Canada highway and winding your way towards downtown, the attractive Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre stands right across from our beloved Public Library. The Esplanade is a community and regional gem, and is regarded as a fantastic example of contemporary Canadian architecture. The building beckons you inside where arts and heritage come to life through exhibitions, education and public programs, artefacts, archival and art collections, music, dance, and so much more.
Volunteers and staff are eager to help visitors discover Medicine Hat through the Esplanade’s lens. In the Museum, guests will see how the city came to be, through the many stories and artefacts within. The galleries regularly feature travelling and in-house curated historical and art exhibitions, from all over the world. A stop in the Archives Reference Services reveals our immense heritage through the more than one million documents and photos. Some of them are exhibited on a wall we call the “Vignette” in the gallery foyer, presenting another chapter of the community’s story. During hours of operations, the dedicated Reading Room staff is more than willing to help you access your own story or connection to “the Hat” in person or online. If you happen to be here when the Esplanade presents one of its 40 world-class performances a year, do not miss your chance to grab a ticket if it isn’t sold out! The 700 seats Theatre offers the best quality experience.
The Esplanade is the perfect starting point in Medicine Hat to explore, experience and enjoy the stories of the area’s collective past, local to international contemporary art, family history, performances, children’s art programs or the view from the rooftop terrace. From there, you can see the neighbouring historic Ewart Duggan House and Courthouse, City Hall, Finlay Bridge,St. Patrick’s Church, and also Saamis; the shoreline escarpment which is the setting for the story of how Medicine Hat got its name.
The Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre awaits your arrival.
The building is open Tuesday to Saturday Noon to 5 PM and the galleries are PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL. This means that you decide the price of your admission after your visit!