Royal Alberta Museum
Royal Alberta Museum
4.5
Natural History MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Welcome to the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM)! Our new museum is more than just a thoughtful, beautifully designed space. It's an authentic reflection of where Alberta is today and will be in the decades to come. It represents the new energy of Alberta, the diversity of our culture and tells our story with a new boldness and confidence. It's a place where you'll find 2.4 million uniquely Albertan stories just waiting to be told. Our gallery spaces include two 30,000 square foot history halls chronicling millions of years of Alberta's natural and cultural history; a 12,000 square foot feature gallery that will play host to touring exhibits from around the world; A 7,000 square foot Children's Gallery where hands-on play is found in every corner; and a 3,000 square foot Bug Gallery where visitors can have close encounters with live invertebrates. Feed your curiosity.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Jackie P
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
My daughter is majoring in History so we went to the Alberta Provincial museum. First off Parking was 10 dollars for two hours and single entry was 19 dollars for adult. Reynolds museum is $13 and way more interesting. I expected more especially after the grand move from 102 Avenue. You would think in this age that history would come alive. You should be able to feel it, hear it, touch it. Perfect examples are the amazing museums of Cody Wyoming. The aboriginal voices make history come alive. This museum is artifacts under glass that appear to be in random order. To me that is boring not engaging. So many interesting characters in Alberta’s history, where’s the music the stories the life? This is old thinking surely more effort should have been to make it dare I say, fun?
Written February 20, 2020
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Oakley T
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
The museum itself was very nice and everything was clean and new. Was having a wonderful time throughought the exhibits until we heard it was closing in 30 minutes as well as the gift shop was closing immediately. We wanted to hit up the gift shop before our visit was over so we headed over and made a few overpriced purchases. Upon proceeding to head back to the bug exhibit we were told we could not re-enter despite there only being 10 people in the whole building and the curator telling us we'd be able to come back. I was very disappointed considering the price of entry and the amount we spent on the gift shop. Wont be coming back, worth a visit but its eh.
Written June 4, 2020
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traveltheworld461
Fort McMurray, Canada3,076 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We really enjoyed the bug room, rocks and mineral gallery, and animal exhibits. Very well layed-out and presented.

The parking situation could be improved and make this place a lot better. Downtown is congested as it is, but a parking area if possible for the museum would be grand. There was an older gentleman staff member who took away from our experience. I know it's his job, but we were kind of upset when he told us the closed and sealed water bottle that we were carrying must be kept in a pocket or a bag. I would understand his approach if were drinking from it in the gallery, but it was literally being carried by it's handle down at our side. We did not have a backpack for this water bottle so we had to awkwardly jam it into a pocket, which really created a higher risk of dropping it than it being carried.
Written July 20, 2022
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An A
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
As an volunteer I saw that this public institution is run by sanctimonious, smug, child-like, flippant, mostly idle, cultural marxists and their living objects of worship. The displays are, in local parlance, predominantly "cheesy"; minerals, mostly fiberglass animal skeletons, a gay pride flag and an iron lung. The historical narrative presented by the displays is very politically skewed in accordance with the "woke" agenda, and even the children's areas bear the imprimatur of scientism religionists and radical feminists. A gargantuan facility of airy brutalism in a light slate-coloured box, it is no improvement on the "groovy futurist" excrescence which preceded it in that location. Its contents leave the same impression as Eastern European museums built in praise of the worker's paradise, minus a captured tank and celluloid chicken cuts displayed in cellophane/bronze statue of Jessica Yaniv. Parking is difficult.
Written February 19, 2021
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Lucas H
Penticton, Canada68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Really enjoyed the exhibit bowls upstairs at the natural history and the exhibits downstairs for the human history. Due to Covid not all exhibits were open but facility is clean and beautiful. Allow 2-3 hours
Written November 14, 2020
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GeordielassSSI
vancouver92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is a very contemporary museum that shares the human history and areas importance so well. I spent 2 hours here and wished I had longer. You can only take in so much in one go. I would love to return. The area on minerals and gems was so extensive I want to return. Plenty of room to see exhibits. Negative is no refreshments available.
Written July 6, 2022
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Deborahjune
Toronto, Canada694 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Very interesting and well done museum where you'll learn all about Alberta. We visited on a very windy and cold day so it was great to get out of the cold for a couple of hours. Not many others here due to Covid so we had the place almost entirely to ourselves - bonus! Took our time and really enjoyed viewing all the exhibits and displays. Beautiful museum and we certainly learned some interesting things. Highly recommend stopping in.
Written November 15, 2021
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lilscape
Cobble Hill, Canada627 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
This museum is a little different than other museums. It has an amazing education play area for children. It has an great live animal exhibit area. It also has very realistic looking animal in their natural settings, its also aso nice since the glass in front it non glare glass. They aso have many dinosaurs and other skeletons on dislpay. They have an amazing rock/gem display. Then there is the step back in time section which was realy neat as well. Also on site is a small giftshop and cafe.
Written February 28, 2020
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Grumpyogre
Guelph, Canada169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
The Human History Hall was disjointed and seemed random at times, with articles placed in spots with no thought regarding flow. Very disappointed in the Indigenous section of the Hall, again no apparent flow. The Natural History Hall was very good, especially the very large collection of rocks/crystals - very impressive.
Written May 29, 2023
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FuzzyBeaver
Montreal, Canada1,214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Absolutely do not miss the current special exhibit of "Angkor - The Lost Empire of Cambodia". This is one of the best special exhibits we have seen anywhere. Totally amazing artifacts. The curators have done a fabulous job in presenting the material. The other areas of the museum are also exceptional well done. This is a "must visit" attraction.
Written June 7, 2024
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