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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 229 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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Edmonton, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

It's really got so much to see that you have to go back and explore it again. New exhibits as well as those which stood the test of time!

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Calgary, Canada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
10 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This extensive museum has detailed exhibits on the history and development of Alberta. Lots to keep children occupied. Also check out the art exhibits. There is both a permanent collection of Canadian (particularly western Canadian) art plus temporary exhibits. Good museum shop as well.

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El Paso, Texas
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50 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

The Glenbow has an incredible collection of both material specific to Calgary/Alberta and more general exhibits such as West African art or minerals. The exhibit created with and largely by the Blackfoot Indians is just an amazing experience, I have been in many museums displaying Native American or First Nations material and this is by far the best. Don't miss... More

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Regina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Overall I was surprised. It took us a little over three hours to wander through the gallery and we left feeling pretty good. Various floors filled with content from from numerous cultures. Clearly the Canadian elements are amazing as they take you through the history of Canada as if you were in a story.

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Lancashire
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136 reviews 136 reviews
21 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

A bit difficult to locate but worth the search. The museum is large with a wide range of topics covered. Sections on the first nations and on the development of Alberta were particularly interesting.

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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Living in Calgary i think every Calgarian needs to check this place out.. it shows the history of Calgary and Alberta and gives a really good insight into our past.

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Cleveland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I was looking for arty Canada pieces to take home and someone recommend the Glenbow Museum shop. It was Great!!! They have lots of unusual things-lots of jewelry-and funky items. I could have stayed and looked for longer but we had a plane to catch and I only had a short time to look. Lots of items made by local... More

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Staines, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

An interesting museum which offers different exhibits. We particularly enjoyed the Bee Kingdom glass exhibition and the third floor Blackfoot gallery and Mavericks.

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I went just after labour day and the second floor was under construction. I was expecting more than what I got. I've been to the Met and ROM (Toronto) and I think that is what I was expecting....don't. It's only 16 dollars and it's a nice way to spend a couple hours but not a full day. I enjoyed the... More

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Victoria, BC
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185 reviews 185 reviews
66 attraction reviews
254 helpful votes 254 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

You could easily spend a day here if you went through the whole place, but we confined our visit to the third floor: the Blackfoot gallery and the Mavericks exhibit. The gallery is the story of the Blackfoot people of the plains, told by them. You will learn about their social structure and culture, their spiritual beliefs and ceremonies, and... More

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