The extensive and eclectic collection at Glenbow is divided among several themed exhibit areas covering topics like Community History, Military & Mounted Police, Minerals, Native North America, and World Cultures. A highlight of the more than 20 galleries is the Mavericks Gallery, which tells the life stories of several dozen indigenous Albertans. Museum docents offer guided tours of particular galleries for a more in-depth look at the collection.
Things to know before you go
- The Glenbow Museum is a must-visit for history buffs and art lovers.
- While photography is permitted within the museum, the use of tripods and flash photography are prohibited.
- Museum admission is free, thanks to the support of the Calgary Downtown Association; just note that entry is based on timed arrived slots, which must be prebooked.
- The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and has two chairs available for use free of charge.
How to get there
The main Glenbow Museum is in Calgary’s Cultural District on 9th Avenue, adjacent to the Calgary Tower. It’s a block away from the LRT CTrain line.
When to get there
The Glenbow is open daily throughout the year, though exact hours vary by season.
Glenbow Discovery Room
The Discovery Room at the Glenbow Museum gives visitors a chance to participate in hands-on activities inspired by the museum collection or temporary exhibits. Depending on the day, you might make paper flowers, embark on an art scavenger hunt, or learn more about how museum professionals handle rare artifacts.