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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 #8 of 171 Attractions in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Glenbow's vision is for more people to experience art and culture more often. We aim to provide...
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 7:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Kingston, Norfolk Island
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This museum would be better described as an interpretation centre as there is little in the way of original artefacts from founding of Calgary in the 19th century but the history is very well described, accessible and informative. The 20th century displays are well done with lots of artefacts.

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Alton, Ia, United States
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I went for a specific presentation--"Where are the Children?" It's a collection of photographs from aboriginal residential schools. Great exhibition, really strong. But if you're visiting Calgary and you have a little extra time, going to the Glenbow is a great introduction to the city and the region--lots of helpful history and cultural artifacts, all thoughtfully presented. The only negative... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Glenbow can be a bit tough to get to if you're driving downtown. I've found that it's easier to leave the car at home and take transit, so that you don't need to worry about your parking expiring. The museum itself is quite large and there are tons of permanent exhibits. If you're looking to explore our culture and... More 

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Toronto
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10 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I visited on a cold and snowy September afternoon, (!) so that may have something to do with it, but the Glenbow strikes me as a museum stuck in the early 80s - there was i think a big reno before the Olympics (?) and it looks like what i remember the 80s to be. Several permanent exhibits on personalities... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Glenbow Museum is really big and therefore I had high expectations. You can find art galleries, a heritage museum and changing exhibitions. You can spend easily three hours in there. Although everything was interesting it was just too much information and to many different exhibitions. It depends on what you want to see but I did not really like that.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The Glenbow Museum has a wide range in interests including Military, Indigenous, early exploration, ect. I highly recommend visiting this art museum for a fun, cultural afternoon.

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Carbondale, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Excellent presentation of Canadian historical artifacts. Highlights include the Northwestern and prairie tribes of the First Nations. Have visited many times, over many years.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This museum has lots of cultural experiences. I have been there a few times and most of them were really good, but one of the times I was there the exhibit they had didn't interest my family. We looked on the website and thought the exhibit would be really cool to see, so we went and we did not enjoy... More 

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North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Great range of exhibits - from the history of Alberta to Secrets of Asian to Modern Local Art exhibit. Enjoyed that the museum was not overly busy and we did not have to contend with line-ups or noise..

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Poole, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The Glenbow is close to the Calgary Tower and to a local theatre, so chance to amalgamate 2 or 3 things into one trip. There was a native photographic exhibition on while I was there, but what I liked particularly was the mineralogy on the top floor. There was also a lot of equipment on display commemorating the 1st and... More 

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