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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 228 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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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

thumbs up! I like the diversity and museums never fail to amaze. Each area is fun to explore and you will not be dissapointed

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Really found it hard to leave the museum as it was really well done. The First Nations people exhibition gave me a great insight into their treatment and had to leave with lots of other displays for a return visit. Much more than I had expected.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Glenbow museum was outstanding. The artwork there was amazing. The variety of the works are nice to see, and so many different cultures too. It is very pretty and fancy. It gives you a hands on experience of what life was like in the past, like life is no, and what it will be like in the future.

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Alberta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I went with a friend and our kids ages 2.5 to 7. I wasn't expecting a children's museum but I found myself disappointed at how unsuited it was to kids. Granted the staff were all very kind but we ended up having to stay in the discovery room doing two crafts and then leaving. I wanted to have a snack... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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

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

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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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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