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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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We found easy access to this museum from our hotel via free downtain train and the walkway. There is no food or drink available. We went through about half the museum in about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Bowling Green, Ohio, United States
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Bowling Green, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We found easy access to this museum from our hotel via free downtain train and the walkway. There is no food or drink available. We went through about half the museum in about two hours. Quite a variety - from History of War to Political Satire cartoons to a collection from a well known Canadian artist. Cost was $10. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent museum although there is way too much here for a single visit. The 3rd floor galleries give a great history of Calgary so I would suggest starting there if your time is limited.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Our two young kids (8 and 6) stayed in the kids' art room for a very happy hour whilst my wife and I and our 2 year old investigated the Blackfoot exhibition. It was really well put together and very informative. A great experience.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Quite a large facility. There is lots of space and you aren't squished in. There are washrooms and the exhibits are amazing. Including four floors of exhibits. I really love the rocks/gems exhibit and the art exhibits are really cool. It takes a while to get around, so plan to be there for a couple of hours to see everything.... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Found this museum very interesting. Would take all day to see everything so restricted ourselves to Canadian history and culture. Was very impressed with the displays. Cleanest washrooms I have ever seen.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Really really enjoyed this museum, especially the art and history sections. Took a good few hours to do everything.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Very large with many exhibits to see. There is lots of room to move around in so you don't feel like you are on top of other spectators.

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Arcadia, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is an excellent place to spend a rainy day. It is a full-on museum with paintings, sculpture and excellent temporary exhibits. The current display on the history of Alberta settlement is excellent, as is the great displays on the origins and mythology of the First Nations people's. my two teenage sons really enjoyed the museum. Don't miss an amazing... More 

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Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Its a very nice museum, with lots to see and learn. Some of the exhibits do not change, so if you seen them before then they might be a little boring. Very pricey admission, so if you go make sure to take your time to look around. Gift shop is very nice and staff is pleasant. Parking is difficult so... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Floor after floor of sticks and rocks and sticks with rocks tied to them. There are only so many times a person can look at a rock that aboriginal groups used to scrape hide or throw at buffalo before it starts to become monotonous. There are literally hundreds of amazing cultures all around the world dating back thousands of years... More 

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