11620 – 168 Street, Edmonton T5M 4A6
The vision for the CARNA Museum and Archives is to provide a facility that supports and nurtures the nursing profession in Alberta through the documentation and preservation of nursing history.
The CARNA Museum and Archives constitutes the official ‘memory’ of the professional nursing community in Alberta.
The collection was started in 1978 by a group of volunteer retired nurses. With 10 hospital schools of nursing closing in the 1970s they were concerned that the records of these schools, and with it their history, would disappear. Their efforts resulted in a relatively complete collection of caps, pins, yearbooks, diplomas, photos of hospitals and other memorabilia. Subsequently the collecting mandate was broadened to include historically significant artifacts and records that contribute to an understanding of past nursing activities, customs, episodes, institutions and personalities. The collection includes artifacts and archival materials of closely associated organizations such as schools of nursing, alumni chapters, specialty practice groups, military nurses of Canada and the records of individuals closely connected with the work of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. The CARNA Museum and Archives collections are available for research and educational purposes. Permanent and temporary exhibits include a lamp used by Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War. Online exhibitions are available as well as databases of archival records, photos, and artifacts held in the collections.