About Glenbow Museum Calgary
With over 93,000 square feet of exhibition space in more than 20 galleries, the Glenbow Museum in Calgary is one of Western Canada’s largest museums, showcasing a selection of the Glenbow’s collection of over a million objects. The Glenbow-Alberta Institute was formed in 1966, when oil baron Eric Harvie donated his vast historical collection to the people of Alberta.
What to do at the Glenbow Museum?
Attractions in Glenbow Museum
See the art works, sculptures and other artifacts originating from many corners of the world, providing insight into the life in Western Canada from the late 19th century to the present day. The exhibits spread over three floors are grouped under ethnology, military, mineralogy. There is a substantial Asian collection too.
Appreciate the art exhibitions from Glenbow’s collections or traveling exhibitions from other leading galleries.
Learn about the history & culture of native people. The exhibit on the 3rd floor named ‘Niitsitapiisinni: Our way of life’ details stories and traditions of native people. Black foot elders supervised the setting up of this exhibit.
See ‘Maverick’ exhibit that chronicles the story of prominent Albertans from various eras.
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. There is a discovery room for children.
Glenbow conducts many events and programs for kids and adults.
How to get to Glenbow Museum?
Location & Directions Glenbow Museum
Situated between Stephen Avenue and the Olympic Plaza Cultural District, Glenbow Museum is located in the heart of the Calgary downtown core. There is a vehicle drop off/pick up lane on 9 Avenue S.E. between Centre Street and 1 Street S.E. for bus and tour groups. The museum is located one block south of Calgary’s light rail transit (LRT) line.
You can also reach the museum by Calgary Transit. Downtown C-train serves the Glenbow museum and is in the free fare zone.
The Glenbow museum is connected to the Plus 15 walkway system. The museum is located in the section that connects Fairmont Palliser Hotel, the Calgary Marriott Hotel, the Calgary Tower, the Telus Convention Centre, the Hyatt Regency Hotel, and the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts.
GPS : 51.044814,-114.060779
How long will it take to see the Glenbow Museum?
Allow for at least 2 hours to a day if you are interested in museums. Consider including this if you have two days in Calgary.
How much will it cost to visit Glenbow Museum?
Glenbow Museum Admission
Adult (18+) : $16.00
Senior (65+) :$11.00
Student (with valid ID) : $11.00
Youth (ages 7-17) : $10.00
Family (up to 2 adults and up to 4 youth) :$40.00
Child (Ages 6 and under) : Free
Discounts & Coupons
Calgaryattractions.com often feature coupons on the website.
Free Admission from 5pm – 9pm on the first Thursday of every month.
Free Admission on Community Day.
Cash, cheques, Interac, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, travellers cheques, and US dollars are accepted.
When to visit Glenbow Museum?
Glenbow Museum Hours
Summer Hours July 2 – September 3
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
Labour Day (Monday, September 3): open 9am – 5pm
Thanksgiving (Monday, October 8): closed
Remembrance Day (Sunday, November 11): open 12pm – 5pm
Remembrance Day (Monday, November 12): closed
Select days have varying operating hours.
Dec 25, Jan 1, 2 CLOSED
What about Amenities, Access & Parking at the Glenbow Museum?
Dining options are available outside the museum.
Cameras are mostly allowed.
Wheelchair available for free.
Wheel chair access.
Paid Parking is available at Calgary Tower’s Palliser Parkade.