Lougheed House is Calgary’s hub of history, cultural happenings, programs, and events.
We invite you to visit our National and Provincial Historic Site to:
- experience an interactive and immersive event, or a live performance by one of our cultural collaborators
- dine on fresh, flavourful cuisine in our Restaurant
- view the temporary and permanent exhibits
- be guided on a story-rich tour of the history of the building and gardens about the people who lived here
- provide a learning opportunity to your class of students through our historical education programming
- rent the space to hold your corporate event, seasonal, or family celebration
- find the perfect local & artisan-made gift in our Shop
Adults – $8.50
Seniors & Students – $6.50
Child (Ages 6 – 12) – $5.00
Family – $25.00
Under 6 – FREE
Restaurant Patrons $4.00
Lougheed House Conservation Society Members – FREE
Canadian military personnel with CFOne cards FREE
Air Cadets and an escort FREE
National Trust Members FREE
CANOO Members FREE
Chinook Historical Society Members with cards FREE
Tickets are purchased at the admissions desk upon arrival. There is no need to purchase in advance for a self-guided visit through the museum. For a guided tour with one of our historic interpreters, we recommend pre-booking here.
We are open Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Beaulieu (Lougheed House) Gardens are open daily from 7:00 am – 11:00 pm.
The House observes all statutory holidays unless otherwise posted.
Lougheed House – The House
Located on our original 2.8 acres, this sandstone prairie mansion was built in 1891 by Senator Sir James Alexander Lougheed and his wife Lady Isabella Clarke Hardisty Lougheed. They raised their family here, made the home one of the finest residences in Canada’s west, and provided the political and social hub of fast-growing Calgary until 1936.
The House – its original family, its later occupants, and the physical structure itself – all reflect Calgary’s evolution and are an integral part of the city’s development in the last 129 years. Our goal is to create visitor experiences that reflect the history of Lougheed House and Calgary, both the histories you know and the lesser-known stories that reflect a more diverse history of our city.
We offer preservation and interpretation of this home, the Lougheed family, and its connection to Calgary’s history. We also offer free access to our spectacular flower and vegetable gardens and with paid admission indoor self-guided or audio tours, historic volunteer interpreters (when onsite or if booked in advance) and year-round curated exhibits/programs, all produced in partnership with our cultural and community collaborators.
For more information about the House, click here.
Museum and Exhibitions
Rotating exhibitions are curated approximately three times a year. These range in length from 6 weeks to 4 months. From November to early January the House is transformed into a Victorian Christmas theme.
Additionally, our permanent exhibition and the House itself are always available to be enjoyed. Every effort has been made to restore ‘Beaulieu’ to its original look and feel of when the Lougheed family lived here. On the second floor you will find furnishings and artifacts from the turn of the 20th century, including objects original to the House. We are constantly looking for other original and period (1890-1914) pieces to help us complete these exhibits. The Restoration Room, on the second floor, details the process of the restoration of the House and Gardens to their original condition after years of many different occupants.
Throughout Lougheed House you will also be able to explore information about these occupants including the Dominion Provincial Youth Training Program, the Canadian Women’s Army Corps, and The Red Cross Society.
Donation of Artifacts
If you are interested in helping us to continue restoring and furnishing Lougheed House through donations of artifacts and furnishings, or contribute to our knowledge of other periods of the House’s history, please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org . We would love to hear your anecdotes, memories, and stories, and would be grateful if you can share photographs or artifacts with us. Donations are essential to our collections, research, and programs.
The Lougheed House “Beaulieu” Gardens
One of the finest pleasures of a visit to Lougheed House is a stroll through the formal ‘Beaulieu Gardens.’ The Lougheeds were our community’s horticultural leaders, often winning Calgary Horticultural Society 1st prizes for many garden and lawn entries between 1908 – 1914. During the growing season, you will find descendants of the originally planted Hollyhocks and other heritage plants. Visit the shop and purchase seeds to take home and plant in your own garden.
Today our team of 25 passionate and knowledgeable volunteer gardeners plan, plant, nurture and harvest a wide array of flowers, fruits and vegetables that are used in the regional seasonal cuisine served in our onsite restaurant. Our gardens are one of Calgary’s largest inner-city sanctuaries of peace and nature, and are free to enjoy, seven days a week. There is grass for picnics and dog frolics (we are an “official” on-leash dog park), benches for sitting, floral or winter fresh aromas, diverse colour, and tranquility all around. Come, enjoy!
Host Your Event at Lougheed House
Lougheed House is one of Calgary’s most popular locations for weddings, corporate meetings, office holiday parties and many other events. With delicious regional and seasonal cuisine (choose from sit-down dining or reception-style), free onsite parking for up to 22 cars, as well as friendly, helpful event hosts, we know how to make your event memorable in all the right ways.
To learn more about anything listed here and more, explore the website further (click on each of the section headings) or ask your questions through info [at] lougheedhouse.com