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Glenbow Museum

130 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 0P3, Canada (Downtown)
+1 403-268-4100
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Ranked #12 of 227 attractions in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Glenbow's vision is for more people to experience art and culture more often. We aim to provide visitors with a new kind of art museum experience.... more » Owner description: Glenbow's vision is for more people to experience art and culture more often. We aim to provide visitors with a new kind of art museum experience. Glenbow showcases world-renowned travelling and permanent exhibitions that are meaningful to many diverse groups in our community, boasts the largest art collection in Western Canada and provides access and care to our collections. Glenbow also tells the story of Southern Alberta and the West to thousands of visitors to our city each year through permanent exhibitions on our third floor. Glenbow is a member-based, not-for-profit, non-governmental arts and culture organization located in the heart of Calgary's cultural district. « less
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Austin, Texas
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86 reviews 86 reviews
41 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We had a free day in Calgary. Looking thru the TripAdvisor list of top ten ideas, this museum did not pop up. I used another guide that the desk clerk provided and the Glenbow Museum was the "must see" for Calgary. We spent the whole day there. There are 3 floor of exhibits and we barely finished before the museum... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A great museum! We allowed two hours and we probably needed a little more time. Wonderful staff upon entering the museum.Added bonus for Vancouver Art Gallery members (we get in free)! The summer exhibition is well curated and organized. They have a Dali that is so large they needed to cut the ceiling to accommodate it! The top two floors... More

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Georgia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This beautifully designed museum offers an unusual and engaging presentation of Alberta's history. Artifacts and videos tell the stories of the original Blackfeet tribes as well as the newcomers who brought the trains, mines, and resorts. One can sit in a teepee, walk through a train car, and view amazing photographs of both the famous and the ordinary people who... More

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Southport, United Kingdom
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30 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Went here after a lot of hype about it but I thought other museums such as Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump were better. The layout was confusing and I think they tried to make it difficult to move around, and they have! Not the greatest.

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Bury St Edmunds. Suffolk. England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Not being a museum lover I went along with hubbie who wanted to go ! What a great place, really well laid out with lots of interesting displays! I enjoyed it which for me means it has to be good. We only managed to do the first two floors as we ran out of time It gave a real oversight... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

There is no way you can see all this museum has to offer! Close to Calgary tower so you can do that also. Except to get to the top I think you have to have reservations for the restaurant. They had paintings from the great masters of art and also an extensive Indian history section. Some cool glassworks done by... More

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Handicapped friendly, Glenbow Museum is well laid out over four floors. It has many interesting exhibits such as the Weapons and Warriors Exhibit and the Early Canadian Settler Exhibit. Whilst it has limited interactive activities for younger children, the museum is good for children aged 8 years old and above. Suggest to start from the top floor and work your... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I visited the museum on Canada Day and it was a great addition to my day (after walking around the celebrations downtown). The museum has lockers and restrooms on the ground floor. The exhibits are on floors 2, 3 and 4. The second floor contained historical art and paintings that were very impressive. The Salvador Dali paintings are incredible and... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
30 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a wonderful Museum filled with history of the Canadian rockies and the Peoples that help shape the flavor of the area. We started at the top floor , and was glad as we were tired by the time we got to the Galleries of art. The history of the area is all about the top floors. Don't miss... More

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Santa fe, NM
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

A nice stop while visiting downtown and the staff were very friendly and helpful. So much history, we really needed more time to go through the facility. Very clean.

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