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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
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

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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Compact History of the West and more

Wonderfully organized display of history depicted through diverse medium that can be covered in a short time. The interpretation of history is very easy to understand and people... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Part museum, part art gallery, part giant staircase, this museum lacks a common theme to pull it together. Nevertheless, I spent two pleasant hours touring two of the four floors of the museum. While the aboriginal galleries of the third floor were well lit and showcased some lovely artifacts , other galleries were too dimly lit to read the too... More 

Thank Lori V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wonderfully organized display of history depicted through diverse medium that can be covered in a short time. The interpretation of history is very easy to understand and people with diverse level of cognitive or language comprehension would be able to understand. Valuable lessons about Canadian life and history, especially for children and newcomers which would help foster understanding and conservationist... More 

Thank 296subis
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Thought we would get a little bit of Alberta heritage under our belts. We started on the fourth floor and would work our way down to the main floor time permitting. Many very good displays but some of them looked like they hadn't been updated in years. People who were born in 1910 didn't have date of death on the... More 

Thank Steve M
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Kanng17
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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!!

Thank MontanaLaura
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 

Thank Gale H
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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.

Thank frequentraveler91
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.

Thank Allan B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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.

Thank ivan m
Calgary, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 

Thank Sasha H

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