With over 93,000 square feet of exhibition space in more than 20 galleries, the Glenbow Museum is at the top of Calgary attractions. Make sure you allow enough time to view its collection of over a million objects. Western Canada's largest museum includes a permanent First Nations Gallery.
Learn about the settlement and development of the West and enjoy additional international collections. The museum has 4 primary collections:
- Cultural history
- Military history
The cultural history collection contains over 100,000 objects originating from many corners of the world, providing insight into the life in Western Canada from the late 1800s to the present day.
Items in the collection reveal how people made a living, what they did to relax, how they dressed and ate, The Glenbow ethnology collection contains almost 48,000 items made or used by the indigenous peoples of the Northern Plains of North America. The Glenbow's military collection is the largest and most diverse in Western Canada, with 26,000 items, spanning many countries over nearly five centuries, particularly European, Asian, and North American firearms and edged weapons.
Also well represented are Japanese arms and armor, and Canadian medals, orders, and decorations. The museum's extensive mineralogy collection includes minerals and precious and semi-precious stones from around the world, particularly Western Canada.
Specimens were selected for exhibition value as well as mineralogical significance, and the 'Treasures of the Mineral World' exhibition is popular with geologists, rock hounds, and visitors of all ages seeking to enjoy the depth and diversity of the Earth's minerals. The exhibit includes minerals that glow in the dark, a display of Fool's Gold, a piece of the Earth's oldest rock, and rock crystals in every color of the rainbow.
In addition, the Glenbow has a substantial Asian collection. Art - 28,000 pieces - at the Glenbow is historic, modern and contemporary work from or pertaining to the northwest of North America. The Glenbow archives are one of Canada's largest non-governmental repositories and a major research centre for historians, writers, students, genealogists, and the media. They comprise an extremely large collection of archival records of individuals, families, organizations and businesses from Western Canada and include:
- Textual records
- Over a million photographs
- 350 hours of film footage
- 1,500 sound recordings ranging from the 1870s to the 1990s
Location(s) of Business
130-9 Avenue SE,Calgary,Alberta,T2G 0P3