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Glenbow Museum

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Address: 130 9 Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 0P3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 403-268-4100
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

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 our way through the labyrinth of walkways on the mezzanine level of the Fairmont Palliser hotel to Glenbow Museum. This little bold museum has 3 exhibition floors filled... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Milton, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spoiled by museums elsewhere I found this museum disappointing in general. It seemed like they ran out of operating money. Empty rooms, poor lighting and dated displays. I would not recommend this museum. Maybe funding isn't there.

Thank localyocal2
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We found our way through the labyrinth of walkways on the mezzanine level of the Fairmont Palliser hotel to Glenbow Museum. This little bold museum has 3 exhibition floors filled with arts, culture and history of Canada and around the world. Sections D to K showcasing anf featuring new exhibits of present day, arts of Asia, picturing the northwest, discovery... More 

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Medicine Hat, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went there for a Trails in Motion film fest. Beautiful theatre. Great sound and comfortable seats. Excellent venue.

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Park City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn't have enough time to see the entire Glenbow museum but I highly recommend this museum for the history of Alberta and Calgary exhibits on the 3rd floor. On the 3rd floor, you will begin by learning about the first inhabitants of Alberta (the Native Americans) and then you will learn about the other peoples and events that shaped... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a hub of learning, whether you want to learn about Aboriginal history, Eastern art, or explore some exhibits on warfare throughout history. As you explore their many exhibits, you'll definitely pick up on interesting things you never knew before, like the story of William "Bible Bill" Aberhardt, who had a profound impact in shaping the history of... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were spending just a couple of days in Calgary and spent one of them in this museum - they had to throw us out at 5 pm! The section covering the First Nation was particularly interesting and informative and we would have liked to have had the time to look at things in more detail. When we were there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I spent a morning in Glenbow, which was not nearly long enough. I enjoyed my visit. However I felt that many exhibits were not entirely relevant. They had an excellent perspective on Canadian servicemen who took part in the first world was. It is good to be reminded that commonwealth soldiers were lost in the battlefields. There was an excellent... More 

Thank Davidfirving
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Glenbow in September 2016 and enjoyed it so much. While it is slightly skewed toward "guy stuff" with warrior and weapons displayed, there were still some quirky and interesting displays for the rest of us. One of the traveling exhibitions (closed day after I saw it) was Kaleidoscopic Animalia. So cool and imaginative. The displays were in various windows... More 

Thank Jay P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well layed out! Many interesting exhibits. People around to help explain the displays. The gift shop has many nice things to take home! Clean building,and bathrooms. Free if you go on Thursday evening!

Thank AlisonSaskatchewan
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is spread across 4 levels and is jam packed full of history and art from all over Asia, Africa, Canada. Brilliant couple of hours spent taking in all the artifacts, money well spend and not too expensive. Interesting to all members of the family. The only thing missing was a café, other than that one for your list... More 

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