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Glenbow Museum

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Address: 130 9 Ave 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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was very impressed with the native and African art being shown at this musuem. It is conveniently located in downtown Calgary. We found 2 to 3 hours was sufficient to see the majority of the exhibits. If I was visiting Calgary again I would definitely go back for another look.

Thank heldo99
Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a good 4 hours here, it is packed with interesting exhibitions and gives a really good insight into First Nation culture and history. Also a good history of Canadian railways which were so important to the development of the country. Highly recommended.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

I had a couple hours in Calgary during a work trip, and this museum gave a good overview of the city's history, Canadian history, and many other cool things. If you enjoy reading every single billboard, give yourself 3 hours

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I really wanted to learn about the First Nation people of Canada and found plenty of interesting and informative exhibits here. Time just disappeared and then I went on looking at other exhibits and eventually had to leave as it was closing time. Great gift shop as well

Thank John S
Calgary, Alberta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The Glenbow Museum houses historical artifacts and visual documentation along with current and upcoming visual artists' works. It is situated downtown so visitors can also walk along Stephen Avenue Mall and the Calgary Tower. The museum is a great activity to see a diverse range of art. The display spaces and rooms are grouped so that the viewers have a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Had never heard of this place until visiting it. Started with the Canadian art collection and especially enjoyed the Cornelius Krieghoff paintings. Also liked the exhibits on early life in the West. Great way to spend a couple of hours in downtown Calgary learning about those who came here before us. Well worth the entry fee. I was impressed also... More 

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