Tours of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta

In-person public tours of the Legislature Building and public access to the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre have been temporarily suspended.

TOURS OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ALBERTA

In-person public tours of the Legislature Building and public access to the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre have been temporarily suspended.

Livestream Tours

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The Legislative Assembly of Alberta offers livestream tours every Friday at 12:15 p.m.

Want to explore the Alberta Legislature Building while learning about Alberta’s political and cultural history, parliamentary tradition and the building itself?

Tours will be livestreamed each Friday at 12:15 p.m. through Microsoft Teams live events. Join a tour and interact with Tour Guides by asking questions via the Q&A feature. No registration required.

In December and January, experience the halls of the Legislature Building decked in holiday finery! Please note that tours will not run Friday, December 24 or 31.

Public Tours

The Legislative Assembly of Alberta welcomes visitors to the Legislature Building, offering free tours and introducing guests to Alberta’s legislative process.

Beginning in the Legislature rotunda, tours accommodate visitors of all ages and cover topics related to the levels of government; the roles of the Lieutenant Governor, Premier, Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly; Alberta's political history; the Daily Routine of the Legislative Assembly; parliamentary tradition and the art and architecture of the building.

In-person public tours of the Legislature Building and public access to the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre have been temporarily suspended.

Free Tours

Wheelchair Accessible West Entrance

Small Groups Up to 15 people

Duration of Tours 45 Minutes

Online group tours are pre-booked with the request form. Tours are delivered in English; French tours may be available for pre-booked groups.

Video Tours

These short video tours are a great way to visit the Alberta Legislature Building and Grounds from virtually anywhere.

Discover anecdotes and facts about our democratic history and traditions. Learn more about everything from the origins of the Legislature Grounds to the intricate woodwork that adorn the Legislative Chamber doors.

Behind the Scenes

Watch a special guided tour by the Speaker on places the public rarely gets to the see.

The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly gives a behind the scenes look of the School at the Legislature classrooms, the South Members’ Lounge, the Carillion Room and the Legislative Chamber.

Group Booking Request

Online Tours

Online Group Booking Request

Tour bookings for 10 or more visitors

Please complete the group booking request form for groups of 10 or more visitors.

    Parliamentary Programs

    visitorinfo@assembly.ab.ca
    Call: 780.427.7362

     

    Plan Your Visit

    Location, visiting hours, tour highlights and other information about visiting the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton.

    Plan Your Visit

    How to Get Here

    Hours of Operation

    Online School Tours

    History comes alive during inquiry-based school tours of the Alberta Legislature, which engage and educate students of all ages.


    Visitor Services staff tailor school visits to suit the needs, interests and grade level of any class and encourage active participation.

    For example, in alignment with provincial educational curricula for each year, a Grade 6 tour highlights the function of provincial government and the importance of active citizenship while a Grade 9 tour outlines how the provincial Legislative Assembly compares to the federal government.

    Tailored School Tours

    Learn Alberta's History

    Encourage Active Participation

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    Tours provide students with an overview of the history of the province and insight into the legislative process. Heritage Interpreters explain the symbolism and stories behind the statues, flags and artifacts.

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    Students see the first Mace and hear the fascinating story behind its creation, experience the "magic spot," an acoustic phenomenon, and view the portraits of people who have contributed to Alberta's history.

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    A visit to the Legislature Chamber, where students learn about its traditions, officers and the role of their elected representatives, is the highlight of all tours. When the Legislature is in session, teachers can book group seating in the public galleries.

    School Booking Request

    Opening Dates For School Tour Bookings

    October - December 2021 September 13, 2021

    Online visits only

    January - March 2022 November 15, 2021

    Online visits only

    April - June 2022 February 14, 2022

    Online visits only

    Tours book up very quickly, so it is recommended that teachers make reservations on booking opening dates or as close as possible to opening dates.

    Please note that only booking requests submitted using the online form are accepted in early September to ensure fair booking access during high-volume booking time.

    School Tour Options


    Visits and Programming Are Free

    The Legislative Assembly of Alberta is pleased to offer a variety of online options for school groups. Booked components can include an online Legislature Building tour, educational programming, and watching the MLAs in Session.

    School Tour Steps and Form

    School tours introduce students to Alberta's legislative process and focus on topics related to levels of government; the roles of the Lieutenant Governor, Premier, Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly; Alberta's political history; the daily Routine of the Legislative Assembly; parliamentary tradition and the art and architecture of the building.

    Online Tours

    Live from the Legislature

    A Visitor Services staff person leads this all-ages visitor tour, which is live-streamed directly to one or more classrooms. Students interact with a second Visitor Services staff person through chat, asking questions and receiving answers in real time. This tour covers the same content as the in-person tours.

    Pre-Recorded Tour

    Three Visitor Services staff lead this all-ages tour that takes viewers throughout the Legislature Building, stopping at all of the same areas offered on an in-person visitor tour. Book a live question and answer video session after this tour to allow students to interact with a Visitor Services staff person and ask questions.

    On-site Tours (temporarily suspended)

    Grade 6 tours

    Grade 6 tours support the social studies curriculum in their coverage of the provincial level of governance and active citizenship. Students are given an overview of the history of the province and insight into the legislative process while discovering connections between the Legislature Building and Alberta’s democratic heritage.

    Grade 9 tours

    Grade 9 tours support the social studies curriculum through comparison and contrast of the functions and procedures of the provincial Legislature and the federal government. Students also learn how Alberta's unique political history has contributed to the national story. Visitor Services staff challenge students to think critically and discover for themselves distinctions between the two jurisdictions, offering the class an engaging learning experience.

    Visitor tours

    Visitor tours introduce visitors of all ages to Alberta's legislative process and focus on topics related to levels of government; the roles of the Lieutenant Governor, Premier, Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly; Alberta's political history; the Daily Routine of the Legislative Assembly; parliamentary tradition and the art and architecture of the building.

    Online Programs

    Online educational programs are interactive presentations given by Visitor Services staff to encourage students to consider new perspectives. They can be delivered for a Grade 6 or Grade 9 level.

    COVID 19 in Perspective: Pandemics Past and Present

    This presentation explores two deadly pandemics in Canada’s history: the smallpox outbreak of 1870, and Spanish Flu in 1918, and their impacts and similarities to today’s pandemic. How did governments respond to these pandemics? How did Canadians respond? This grade six presentation looks at volunteerism, detecting media bias, and what it means to be an active citizen in times of crisis.

    The Famous Five and the Persons Case

    The Famous Five were an influential group of Albertan women who changed the course of history with the Persons Case. But what was the Persons Case and why did it matter? How did laws and historic events in Canada lead to this momentous battle? In this in-depth virtual program, students will examine the branches of government and the role of the Senate through the story of the Famous Five.

    The Media’s Role in Democracy

    During the Great Depression in Alberta, the government became close to legislating the news Albertans could receive. How did the newspapers respond? And how did the Lieutenant Governor respond when the legislation fell on his desk to sign into law? This grade six presentation explores how the idea of Freedom of the Press has changed over time in Canada, the role of the Lieutenant Governor in relation to the constitution, detecting media bias, and how a free press feeds into the cycle of active citizenship.

    Watch Session

    This flexible option allows viewers to watch live broadcasts or previous recordings. Viewers can watch the Speaker's procession and Oral Question Period, as well as listen to the full deliberations of the Assembly. This activity is not led by a Visitor Services Staff person. Learn More

    On-site Programs (temporarily suspended)

    The Mock Legislature

    The Mock Legislature allows students to participate in the parliamentary process as a role-play activity. Using replicas of the apparel and the symbolic items used in the Legislature, guides lead students through the stages of passage of a Bill so that every student can participate in the debate. Download the teacher manual, script and student handbook.

    Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre

    The Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre features an interpretive centre, theatre and gallery, which are all located on the main floor of the Edmonton Federal Building and are open for guests to discover, either booked with a Visitor Services staff person or as reservations without a dedicated Visitor Services staff person. Reservations can be added on to a group booking option as a way of adding programming outside of scheduled itinerary times. All reservations add 30 minutes per area.

    Borealis Gallery

    The Borealis Gallery is a state-of-the-art exhibition space, where thought-provoking heritage exhibitions and world-class works by renowned Canadian artists await visitors. The Borealis Gallery features temporary exhibitions throughout the year that celebrate Canada’s dynamic identity, rich history and cultural diversity.

    Pehonan Theatre

    The Pehonan Theatre uses a 360-degree screen and 4-D effects in the film Our People Our Province, which celebrates the political and social history of Alberta.

    Watch Session

    Observe the Assembly in action from the public gallery in the Alberta Legislature Building and experience the Legislative Assembly first-hand. Visitors can watch the Speaker's procession and Oral Question Period, listen to the deliberations of the Assembly and be introduced to the Members of the Legislative Assembly. Please note that session dates are subject to change and are not guaranteed. Please reference the Assembly calendar when choosing a date.

    On-site Options


    Online Options

    Note: the itineraries are PDF files. To ensure functionality, please download the document and open it in Acrobat Reader.

    Booked Groups will receive a confirmation e-mail

    along with additional information about the visit, including a map showing the bus drop-off and entrance location. Please contact 780.427.7362 for further details.

    Seniors’ Tours

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    Seniors' tours provide a fun-filled, informative day catered specifically for seniors to discover the Alberta Legislature at their own pace.

    Groups gather together and spend time at the Legislature Building soaking up history and enjoying collective activities. The Legislature Building is wheelchair accessible, including the public gallery in the Chamber, and has elevators for the convenience of visitors. Please use the west entrance for wheelchair access.

    English Language Learners Tours

    Customized tours present the history, traditions and people associated with Alberta's legislative process in a way that encourages active citizenship and involvement in the province's democratic system.

    The English language learners tour is supplemented by activity books that provide pre-tour exercises and reading-level-appropriate lessons to introduce basic terms and concepts necessary to understand the democratic process, Alberta's legislative history and provincial representatives in the Legislative Assembly.

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    English language learners activity books

    Written for Canadian language benchmarks levels 1 through 8, provide context for what English language learners will experience on the tour and further learning outcomes. Teachers may also book the mock Legislature classroom, where guides facilitate the basics of a parliamentary debate and participants practise language skills.

    Public Service Orientation Tours

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    Government employees get an insider’s view of the Legislative Assembly Office and how it contributes to Alberta’s parliamentary democracy with public service orientation tours.

    Hours of Operation

    In-person public tours of the Legislature Building and public access to the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre have been temporarily suspended.

    Grounds Map

    Your guide to navigating the Legislature grounds.