Tours of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta

The Legislative Assembly offers in-person public tours, livestream tours, pre-recorded video tours and more. Explore the many ways to experience the Alberta Legislature.

Visit the Legislature Building and Visitor Centre!

Discover the Borealis Gallery, Pehonan Theatre and Capital Gifts Wednesday to Sunday (and holiday Mondays), 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In-person public tours of the Legislature Building available Wednesday to Sunday (and holiday Mondays), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour registration required.

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.

Register for an in-person public tour of the Legislature Building available Wednesday to Sunday (and holiday Mondays) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Free Tours

Wheelchair Accessible West Entrance

Small Groups Up to 15 people

Duration of Tours 45 Minutes

 

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

Public Livestream Tours

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A Live Look at the Legislature

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

This year is the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, marking the 70th anniversary of her service to the United Kingdom, Canada and the rest of the Commonwealth. On June 3, don’t miss your chance to join the jubilee celebration with a special A Live Look at the Legislature livestream tour in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Please follow the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for information on upcoming tours.

The next livestream tour is Friday, June 3 at 12:15 p.m.

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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.

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.

Opening Dates for School Tour Bookings

April – June 2022 Open

Online visits only

October – December 2022 September 12, 2022

January – March 2023 November 14, 2022

The Alberta Legislature School Education Experience is very popular, so please book as soon as dates are open.

Booking requests are accepted using the online booking form in step 4 below.

School Tour Options

Visits and Programming Are Free

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

School Tour Steps and Booking Request 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 (Returning Fall 2022)

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.

Education Tour

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 (Returning Fall 2022)

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 in the Edmonton Federal Building features exhibitions exploring Alberta’s history, with a focus on sharing the stories of the Legislature, to educate Albertans on the role of parliamentary democracy in our province.

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.

Online Visit Request Form

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.

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.

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

Summer HoursFall & Winter Hours
Saturday, May 21 to Monday, September 5

Wednesday to Sunday (and holiday Mondays)

  • Legislature Building: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Visitor Centre: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, September 6 to Saturday, May 20, 2023

Saturday

  • Legislature Building (tours): 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Visitor Centre: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Grounds Map

Your guide to navigating the Legislature grounds.