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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 #11 of 223 attractions in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Calgary, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Although there is occasionally one or two interesting exhibits once in a while, this Glenbow is very dull and boring. The atmosphere is one of a very strict library and feels so empty. If you like history this is an alright place to visit, but there are way better places to go spend a day.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is a great place to take your kids, there is lots to see and an interactive craft area that changes with the featured exhibit that the kids can create their own art. Also a great date outing. I love the changing featured exhibit but the main ones are also a lot of fun.

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Prince George
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is a great way to spend the day. Four of us went to see the new exhibits and were very pleased. The cost is reasonable ($46.00 for two adults and 2 students), Cheaper than a movie. There was so much to see. The Worn to be Wild and the Bryan Adams photos were excellent. The only drawback was that... More

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Calgary
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15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We decided to go to the Glenbow as a date activity one afternoon since when we travel, museums are always top on our lists of things to see. There were 3 current exhibitions: "Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket" ; "Bryan Adams: Exposed" & "Made in Calgary: The 1990s" .. as well as the regular permanent exhibitions. -... More

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

very nice place have lots to see as there is alot of history stored their. takes awhile to walk around and see everything.The building is very nice and good location downtown kitty corner from City hall.

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Canberra, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

I have been to the museum 2 times found it very different second time around a bit disappointed not enough about the indian culture I understand times change but visitors from various parts of the world like me are interested in the indian culture of north America (blackfoot.sioux etc).it is still a wonderfull museum to visit so please go see... More

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Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The museum has a little bit of everything from art, rocks and minerals, history about Alberta, and other temporary exhibits. I learned a fair amount about Alberta while there and the gift shop is really cool with some solid items. I also liked the fact that it didn't feel like a kids museum. It's worth a visit if you're in... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We don't normally visit many museums but as it was -17 outside and snowing we needed something to do inside. Initially we were disappointed with the collections on the 2nd floor but the permanent exhibitions on the 2 top floors is very extensive and varied history of the area. We spent 3 hours there's and had to rush the last... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

I've been to some of the best museums in the world so going into the Glenbow I had pretty low expectations. The only reason I'd even gone was because of a special exhibition that peaked my interest. I was very surprised by the extent of their collection. You coud easily spend a day here. We couldn't, because my godson was... More

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Loveland, Colorado
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Had 2 short days in Calgary, and I was glad to spend some time at the Glenbow. Great place to learn more about the history of Alberta and Calgary.

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