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Glenbow Museum

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Address: 130 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 0P3, Canada
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+1 403-268-4100
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09:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
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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Very interesting and educational

Very accessible place downtown. The displays are interesting and relative to the area. A great place of history and innovation. Easy to navigate.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kanng17
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very accessible place downtown. The displays are interesting and relative to the area. A great place of history and innovation. Easy to navigate.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a below zero weekend when we came to Calgary and this was a great spot to spend some time and learn about Canadian history. Great mineral exhibit- extensive specimens. Loved the oil and Mountie exhibit too. There wasn't a traveling exhibit at the time we were there. Nice horse sculpture made out of barbed wire!!

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum covers so many topics dealing with our history that it is impossible to see all in one day. Often have special exhibits that are very well done. Easy to find an area of one's particular interest. Should be seen by all school age children especially if they are dealing with First Nation's history as well is valuable as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Glenbow is easily accessible in the down town core. There is a lovely entrance level with a light and sound presentation and elevators and stairs to the many exhibits. One of the finest museums in Canada.

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Golden, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All exhibits had unique things to see, the First Nations, Africa, Canadian History just to name a couple. The service on behalf of the staff is very good. There's lots to see across all four floors and it makes for an excellent stop in Downtown Calgary.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

managed to join tour of museum by first nation people, hearing about their history from their side. Really powerful, gald they didnt tell me to go away. In general the first nation stuff was best, also information about the european settlers and recent politics.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went here when i was a kid and remember it being very interesting and more hands on. The architecture is nice but the art and all of the sculptures and exhibits are boring. They are all focused on Canadian history (which yes if you are a history buff then sure.. and I know its a museum but still...) If... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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