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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

But the exhibitions are certainly worth the Arctic expedition, both for tourists and regular art aficionados

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Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We visited the Glenbow during a very short stay in Calgary mainly to visit the First Nation exhibition. We loved it. We spent well over two hours in that area only and would have loved to stay more, but sadly that was not the case. The display was very well organised and explained, with plenty of opportunities to touch and... More

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Baoji, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I wasn't looking for an art museum; I wanted a history museum. My son recommended the Glenbow Museum because there was a display of "Buddhas" he thought I might find interesting. What an understatement! Going first to the Asian Art exhibit, I found the display of religious sculptures fascinating. From Hindu to Buddhism to Shinto, the museum artifacts were absorbing.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

An interesting museum with art and displays of local history. Definitely worth an hour or so of wandering through. It also has a very nice gift shop.

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Victoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It seems we get to Glen Bow once a year. Sometimes, we come away disappointed. Not this year. Until Aug. 24, they are featuring Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Lord Beaverbrook, from Fredericton, NB, amassed a beautiful collection of art works, Canadian and European and bequeathed them to the public. We are so fortunate he did and this travelling... More

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Grande Prairie, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

While the Canadian exhibits are fairly well done the temporary exhibits seem fairly thrown together and disorganized.

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Calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My two adult daughters and I visited the Glenbow on Mother's Day, May, 2013. (This month was not available from the drop down menu.) it is convenient to reach by public transportation, but we drove since parking downtown is more available and primarily free on Sundays. There were no special shows there at that time, so it was a good... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I had really high expectations for this museum as I'd heard so many great things about it. It touches on a lot of sujects, their First Nations gallery was quite nice but otherwise it was just okay...

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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