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Glenbow Museum, Calgary

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Established by philanthropist Eric Lafferty Harvie in 1966, the collection of Glenbow Museum contains more than a million artworks and exhibits. One of the largest museums in Western Canada, it strives to represent the art, culture, and history of this corner of the world. Explore the museum's numerous permanent and temporary exhibitions, showcasing something for everyone, from art and historical exhibits, to minerals and artifacts. Visit the cultural display to gain insight into the people and culture of Western Canada, inspect interesting items made by the indigenous people of North America, or admire the large collection of military objects from all over the world. Arrange to visit Glenbow Museum and other attractions in Calgary using our Calgary trip itinerary website .
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  • A vibrant and energised museum going places. Fascinating Frida Kahlo exhibition of her photographs opened this week. Great place to take children. Grab the opportunity to see a modern day 'Bayeux' - T...  more »
  • We really enjoyed the interactive exhibits about the history of Alberta. The art and sculptures were very interesting as well. Give yourself plenty of time to really take in all the museum has to offe...  more »
  • Wow! Five years after our first visit, we again went to the Glenbow, and we were not disappointed. The structure itself is modern and very impressive, and the desk staff are extremely attentive and in...  more »
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  • This museum is a rare gem in Calgary. I love the variety of exhibits. I wish a yearly membership was more attainable for me. But I thoroughly enjoy every visit. I do find it oddly quiet there but also respect the quiet as well. I have loved the visits and would go weekly if I could. Really wish they had more evening events or times so I could visit after work. A great place for a date or a family hang out or a friendly date too. The cynical heart within me is quieter when I'm here. I also find I'm eager to grow and learn after being here. I find the activist and compassionate soul in me comes alive. Such amazing artwork and exhibits. The store also holds gifts of wide pricing range for all class of purchasers to be able to get something.
  • A must visit place. Very interesting and educational for kids and adults. Especially the Mineral world section is mind boggling. Superb collection of rare minerals. Very nice presentation. Also new comers can learn lot about native indian life styles. You can spend lot of time and you can visit as much as time. Because its so informative.
  • Wonderful museum with always lots of exhibits to look around. I think it is because of a sponsor but every first Thursday of the month is free entry for everybody to have a look around the museum. As a student, this is a blessing. I was fortunate enough to look at the exhibit on the indigenous community of Canada (Alberta to be specific) named 'Niitsitapiisinni: Our Way of Life'. It was a beautiful exhibit and well put together too.
  • My girlfriend and I visited the Glenbow Museum to see the fascinating exhibit on Frida Kahlo, but ended up visiting every other exhibit they had. From artwork spanning the Asian continent, the history of textiles throughout different cultures, to a great exhibit on minerals, there was plenty to see and learn about. The admission fee was very reasonable as well, due to us both being students. The Glenbow Museum is one of my favourite spots in Calgary!
  • Well curated displays (temporary and permanent). One of the best places to spend a cold or rainy day in Calgary. Displays vary from art, to rocks and minerals, to aboriginal history, to Calgary's oil history. Staff are very helpful and friendly, and typically the museum isn't overly busy. They always have interesting temporary displays, and the website is updated regularly so it's easy to keep up to date with what they currently have. The gift shop also has many interesting items, including art and jewellery made in Canada (you can still access the shop from an entrance off Stephen's Ave if you don't want to go to the museum). There is a free self serve coat rack available - just take any valuables with you. No food or drink is allowed in the museum, but if you forget and it's not busy the staff will allow you to leave a coffee at the front desk to be picked up later. Museum does close by 5, but it's lovely to go to the museum, then venture out to Stephen's Ave for dinner afterwards. They do occasionally schedule special events in the evening. Membership includes a discount at other museums, events, and gift shop purchases. You also get 10% off at Rosso Coffee locations with the card. They will also send you a card for free admission for a friend, 50% off admission for a friend, and additional discount at the gift shop Easy to get to via train, or walking indoors through Plus15s if you're staying downtown. I've never driven here, so can't comment on nearby parking, but it would be free on the street on Sundays.
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