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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
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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
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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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What a Great Museum

We visited this museum on an earlier holiday, and were so impressed by it that we made sure we went back on this holiday as well. It is extremely well set out, and covers the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited this museum on an earlier holiday, and were so impressed by it that we made sure we went back on this holiday as well. It is extremely well set out, and covers the history of the local area very well. The area that covers the First Nations people provides a wonderful insight for overseas visitors into how these... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very nice museum; we enjoyed spending a couple of hours here checking out all the different displays, regretfully if you want anything to eat or drink you have to leave the building. I have been to enough other museums that have a refreshment area, this one does not.

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St. George, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first return visit in 11 years. The Glenbow is renowned for its fabulous collections, particularly Native American. The are collections were very well done - you have to find the amazing 3D piece that changes as you walk past. A very unusual method that I had not seen before - you'll enjoy it and might even decide... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Specialized in certain areas, depending on what the collection consists of at that moment. If the current theme interests you there is lots to see.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've had the Glenbow Museum on my "to-visit" list for many years. The location in downtown Calgary on Stephen Avenue adjacent to the convention center is very convenient for the tourist. The Glenbow is known for its collection of Western Canadian art and culture, and it doesn't disappoint. We particularly enjoyed a temporary exhibition of the historic photographer Edward Curtis... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Brilliant First Nations exhibit. Very respectful and informative. Don't go into the gift shop - that will cost you!

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am so glad we went to the Glenbow. We almost skipped it because it’s attached to the convention center and there were so many people coming and going that we thought it would be too crowded – but it wasn’t. It was quiet enough that we could walk at our own pace without having to compete with others to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been going to the Glencoe since I was a little kid. Loved looking at all the suits of armor and swords when I was young and still do. Also great art exhibits that come through there. Great stuff and they're there for any question you have.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow - what a great museum. The displays were all really interesting and well laid out. I really liked the art gallery section with depictions of frontier and mountain life. The only downside was the shop didn't have postcards of any of the things on display.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting Calgary for a day and found this great museum. Nice art on one floor and beautifully presented history of NW Canada on next floor. It's tucked between Stephens Street and Olympic Plaza. The three make for a great afternoon.

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