Medalta Historic Clay District

Art & Culture

Medalta in the Historic Clay District is that place. Medalta is a National Historic Site that has been converted into an industrial heritage museum. Far from a static museum, Medalta is a dynamic space that activates community and inspires change. Their entire campus is the result of a dedicated restoration effort supported by the local community and all three levels of government. The result is a stunning context for dynamic experiences. Medalta is a venue for community economic development, educational programming, artistic expression and practice, and heritage preservation.

Medalta runs a social enterprise business, Plainsman Clays, which manufactures and distributes clay and clay products throughout Canada and into the US. The education program is a leader in delivering experienced based, hands-on learning opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults from every walk of life. Chances are, as you tour the museum you will encounter a group of children figuring out gear ratios in the Old Factory, or making archaeological videos.

The Artist in Residence program attracts artists from around the world to Medicine Hat in order to conduct engaging research in proximal learning environments. Resident artists live in the Historic Clay District at the BMO Artist Lodge, teach in the Education program and summer camps, as well as contribute to the Exhibition programming in the Yuill Gallery.

The Gift Shop sells unique gifts and features pottery that is manufactured by artisans on site from materials that are mined from within 200 km and fired using energy pumped from under the facility. Enjoy a cup of Jiggerman’s Joe coffee and granola bars, chocolate, and local beef jerky after exploring all that Medalta has to offer.

With an emphasis on material, Medalta takes lessons from the industrial and entrepreneurial past and align them with social, artistic, and business priorities to create an enriching, relevant, and forward-thinking cultural organization that engages local, regional, and international audiences.

Tour Info

Self-guided tours of this amazing facility are available all year long and in the summer there is the opportunity for guided tours of not only the dynamic museum but also the Medicine Hat Brick and Tile Factory, an enormous facility that now lays dormant after producing billions of bricks over a hundred year period. Opportunities for guided tours and clay experiences can be found here.

We look forward to you being a part of the Medalta community!

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