Medalta in the Historic Clay District

Imagine a place where you can breathe in traces of our industrial heritage, learn through hands-on activities, be inspired by artistic expression, and experience the heart of community in Medicine Hat. 

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. Our 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. 
Our 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. 

Our 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 our BMO Artist Lodge, teach in our Education program and summer camps, as well as contribute to the Exhibition programming in the Yuill Gallery. 

Our 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, we take lessons from our 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.

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 our 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 at