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Grain Academy Museum
Ranked #173 of 312 things to do in Calgary
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Wheats, oats, ryes, canolas, corns, and many more...
You will see from traditional farming tools to touchscreen games/infos about grains.
Admission: you can donate or you can go in for free.

Pro: Curator Jim Furnald shows up to explain how grain produces are delivered for shipment.
Con: The location of Grain Academy Museum was rather confusing because there are BMO buildings in downtown Calgary, and there is an agriculture building at Victoria Park/Stampede. To go to Grain Academy Museum, get off at Victoria Park/Stampede LRT Station. This museum is located at the second level of the BMO center. If you are at the first level of the BMO center, find "Calgary Stampede Showband." Calgary Stampede Showband is a rack of trophies. Near the Calgary Stampede Showband, you'll see a ramp. Go up the ramp. The museum is on your left side on the second level. When I asked Canadians about the museum's location at Victoria Park/Stampede LRT Station, they said they didn't have the slightest idea at all.

2  Thank outwears
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

This is a small museum located on the upstairs level of the BMO Centre on the Stampede grounds. It's out of the way, but very easy to get to, just outside the exit of the Victoria Park C-Train station. The hallway between the station and the museum is lined with posters tracing the history of the Calgary Stampede.

The museum describes itself as "Calgary's best kept secret", and it certainly isn't on the main tourist radar. It is open year-round, and admission is free. During the school year they mostly serve school groups. We visited on a summer business day and I think were the only visitors that day.

They trace the history of agriculture in western Canada, and in particular they show how grain is transported from farm to market. There's a mechanical model that illustrates how a grain elevator works, and they show the differences between the old wooden "grain pools" and the modern concrete "inland terminals". There's also a fascinating model railroad that shows the route grain takes as it heads across the mountains to the port at Vancouver.

In addition to the models they have examples of the different kinds of grain (wheat, canola, flax, etc.), and they show what different grains are used for. There are also exhibits that display old-time agricultural equipment and portray rural life through the years.

While Calgary is a major city, agriculture is still an important part of Alberta's economy. This museum provides a good look at western Canada's agricultural past and present, and it's worth a stop for those who want to gain a better perspective on that.

3  Thank dmbia
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

Great education and very interesting displays on farming in general. Take a little time or alot of time. The more time you spend the btter off you are.

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Reviewed 16 August 2012

It is a very small museum and it is useful only to people who are interested in farm type topics, like how grains and cerials are being handled by the different types of machinery and there is a miniature Feed Mill replica which is probably the most interesting exhibit.

2  Thank Jim L
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

The museum is small and inside the Calgary Stampede grounds. The volunteer interpreters are knowledgeable and do a good job explaining the importance of grain farming in Alberta’s economy. The most interesting part is the model train layout that represents the journey of grain from the local elevator, through Calgary, the Spiral Tunnels, the Rockies and ending at the port of Vancouver. It’s worth a visit if you are at all agriculturally inclined and are near Stampede Park.

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