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Glenbow Museum

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Address: 130 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 0P3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 403-268-4100
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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
Description: Glenbow's vision is for more people to experience art and culture more...
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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Well laid out, easy to understand, comfortable but no coffee shop. Modern building, excellent washrooms.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Well laid out, easy to understand, comfortable but no coffee shop. Modern building, excellent washrooms.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

After reading through a half dozen stories in the exhibits I finally got the message of the Glenbow. It is like a Smithsonian on the Bow River. Museums can take the high road, using the big paintbrush to paint their themes, or they can choose personal biographies to color a more intimate portrait. Taking the personal angle to flesh out... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I've been here for two school field trips in the last year. There is a lot to explore, and the guides are amazing. Really interactive and a lot to see. Would love to come back without kids and explore.

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Hinton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The Glenbow is a great museum and art gallery! Calgary is fortunate to have such a high-caliber centre to check out the history of the province along with early and modern artwork. A very enjoyable venue for people of all ages.

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Much on the settlement and sociology of the province, so different from the colonial history back east. Wonderful displays, sophisticated explanations. Very good interpretation of the troubled relationships with the native Americans. Just a few blocks from the fine dining downtown.

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Fort Saskatchewan, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We visited the Glenbow the other day as a family, and enjoyed the visit very much. There were different galleries with different types of displays, something to interest everyone.

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Airdrie, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

We were initially excited to visit the Glenbow to view the Oh, Canada and Canadiana displays, but left disappointed. The museum ranks high, but now we're not sure why. The feature exhibits were confusing and disproportionately sized. There was a huge contemporary art display (which we found very confusing and lacking) while the Canadiana item exhibit was hosted within a... More 

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winnipeg
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I can't say I'd be in a hurry to go back, although there's nothing wrong with this museum--just not what I expected. The art displays weren't as large as I had hoped, and I wasn't overly-impressed by them. The rest of the museum is a standard natural history museum, and has an interesting assortment of things from all over the... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The museum contains history of the province of Alberta and the city of Calgary. It also has history of the oilfield in Alberta and many items of native culture both western and all parts of Canada. It also has artifacts from ancient Egypt, India, China, Rome and Greece, etc.

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

It was so so. Great place to if you are newcomer to Canada like us. It has lots about the history of Canada.

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