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Glenbow Museum

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Address: 130 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 0P3, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 403-268-4100
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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We enjoyed our visit. We went through the warriors and minerals display. It was perfect for my young kids (ages 9-3).

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed our visit. We went through the warriors and minerals display. It was perfect for my young kids (ages 9-3).

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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You'd think the focus of Calgary's flagship museum would be Calgary or the Province of Alberta, but you'd be wrong, for the Glenbow holds a bizarre mishmash of stuff. Probably most bizarre in all of Canada is the exhibit which mixes mediaeval armour, aboriginal warrior traditions and current armies, interspersed with bank walls. Try to avoid this - unless you... More 

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Calgary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were pleasantly surprised at all the exhibits. It was easy to flow through the museum. We enjoyed the interact exhibits, oil and gas pumps, etc. The old photographs were especially nice to view.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent over four hours here and I could have stayed longer. Learnt so much about Calgary, the first nation people, the railways and how Calgary grew as a city. There are four floors one taken up with artwork. There are so many exhibits to look at and read about. This was my first visit to Calgary and I would recommend... More 

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Banff, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Clearly once a quality museum the history exhibits are now somewhat outdated and don't seem to have changed since I visited as a child over a decade ago. The best parts of the museum are the art galleries on the second floor and the warriors exhibit on the fourth. Though the plaques are also somewhat outdated here, the warriors exhibit... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our visit to this museum, particularly enjoying the mix of First Nations exhibits, and the recent development of Alberta. We went the day before the Stampede, were given discounted admission, and in the end had to leave before we had seen everything as it was so interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This museum has both breath-taking artworks and historical exhibits as well. I've been here a few times already, and every visit is worth it. The first time I went here, I almost cried because there were many beautiful pieces of art!

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Tucson, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Located in heart of downtown Calgary. Impressive collection of Native American art and artifacts. Also good mineral exhibit (including "World's Oldest Rock") and Asian collection. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

A mixture of the local (western Canadian, both historical paintings of the frontier and contemporary works) and international (East Asian spiritual pieces when I visited). It's possible to spend over an hour on just one floor. The general vibe is modern and egalitarian - no preference for "high art", nor for the overly sensational. The setting is traditional: look, don't... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We went for the art but were taken with the museum floors as well. The Alberta display is very clever with lots of information delivered in innovative ways. The art is really wonderful however, as my companion pointed out and then we noticed it throughout the gallery, the lighting is terrible. The beauty and nuance of many paintings are lost... More 

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