Best Museums to Visit in Calgary

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Alberta’s most populated city has something for everyone. There are lots of outdoor activities and some of the greatest shopping in the province, but there are also numerous historical sights that will stimulate your interest in the events that defined this city and province. There is a vast variety of Calgary museums to visit, and the greatest are listed here.

Tipi exhibit - Glenbow Museum

Glenbow Museum Calgary

The Glenbow Museum is perhaps one of the most well-known museums in Calgary. You may easily spend the greater part of a day exploring this art and history museum’s various exhibitions! With the premise that “art is for everyone,” the museum emphasizes community and confluence, providing a forum for the exchange of information, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. Parts of the museum are devoted to regional art and culture, and there is also a constantly rotating collection of international exhibitions, so you can expect to be impressed by both historical and current art, fashion, history, and innovation. With displays on early life in Calgary and the immigrant experience, as well as such specialized exhibitions as Métis activism and portraits of life during the pandemic, a visit to the Glenbow will continually delight and enlighten you. Overall, the Glenbow Museum is an incredible introduction to Calgary’s museums and should not be missed.

Fort Calgary

Fort Calgary

Fort Calgary is the best place to learn about the historical significance of the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers in Calgary, Alberta. As a result of its rich Indigenous past, there is knowledge of the Blackfoot, Nakoda, and Tsuut’ina peoples, who inhabited this land for millennia. In 1914, the North West Mounted Police turned Fort Calgary into a hospital, a shelter, and other facilities. Since 1978, the fort has functioned as an educational and community-focused interpretive centre. Today, you may tour landmarks such as the Métis Cabin, see one of their pop-up displays, and spend time learning about the region’s history via their many collections.

Heritage Park Calgary

Heritage Park and Gasoline Alley Museum

Did you know that Alberta has the biggest living museum in Canada? Heritage Park is a 127-acre expanse whose purpose is to demonstrate “How the West Used to Be.” With several attractions and more than 200 exhibits to examine, a day at Heritage Park is both informative and entertaining. In the summer, you may sail on the S.S. Moyie or ride the railway that passes through the park. You may easily spend a whole day touring the park due to the abundance of food and shopping choices; our favourite shopping is in the Historical Village, especially the old-fashioned confectionery store. The Gasoline Alley Museum inside Heritage Park is not to be missed. The 75,000-square-foot Gasoline Alley Museum is loaded with historic vehicles and gas and oil-related relics, such as automobiles from the early 20th century, refurbished gas pumps, and several tales about Alberta’s famed whisky runners (and a host of other tall tales). This is one of the most remarkable museums in all of Alberta, and not only for automotive enthusiasts.

Aero Space Museum of Calgary

The Hangar Flight Museum

Visit the Hangar Flight Museum to learn about the history of aviation in Western Canada. The site alone is breathtaking… This Calgary museum, housed in a drill hall constructed as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan during World War II, is open to anybody interested in Alberta’s history. You may easily spend several hours in the museum soaking up the tales that have shaped so much of our military history; the museum’s mission is to encourage visitors to “learn, engage, and experience the transformative force of flight.”

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