Glenbow Museum

Glenbow is a museum, art gallery, library and archives all under one roof. One of Canada's largest museums, Glenbow boasts more than one million artifacts, over 31,000 works of art, approximately 100,000 books and two million photographs in its vast collections.
Created in 1966 through the generosity of founder Eric L. Harvie, Glenbow Museum is where intriguing stories from Western Canada connect with extraordinary art and artifacts from around the world.



130 9th Avenue S.E.
Calgary, Alberta
T2G 0P3

Telephone: (403) 268-4100
Fax: Fax: 403-265-9769

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Hours of Operation

Operations: Year Round

Family and adult programming is offered throughout the year from September to June. Summer months offer camps, special events, and programming.

Open: Exhibition Galleries
Monday - Saturday:
9 am to 5 pm
12 pm - 5 pm

Library and Archives
Tuesday - Friday:
10 am to 5 pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

25 December, 1 January

Administration fees

Admission: Charged
Adults, $14
Students $9
Seniors, $10
Families, $28(Max. 2 adults and 4 children)

Children (under 6), free
Glenbow members FREE

*Prices effective as of May 15, 2009

Discounts: Groups • Seniors • Students

About Collections

Glenbow is Western Canada's largest museum filling over 9,000 square metres of exhibition space, containing nearly a quarter of a million artifacts in its cultural history, ethnology, military history, minerology and art collections. Glenbow also holds over 100,000 volumes in its library, 1,250,000 photographs, and 35 shelf kilometres of manuscripts in its archives.

Approximate number of objects in the collections: 216,800


One of the largest non-governmental archives in Canada

Architectural Records • Cartographic Materials • Electronic Records • Prints and Drawings • Manuscripts • Films and Videos • Photographs • Sound Recordings • Textual Records
Other: Photographs - many are now in digital form on www.glenbow,org

Decorative Arts

Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery • Costumes • Furniture or Furnishings • Glass • Textiles or Tapestries

Fine Arts

African • American • Asian • Canadian • Aboriginal or First Nations • Inuit • Oceanian

Contemporary • Modern • Historical

Mixed Media, Multimedia or Installations • Painting • Photography • Prints and Drawings • Sculpture

Folk Art • War Art

Library; Photo Archives

Human History

Agriculture • Animal Husbandry • Archaeological Objects • Astronomy • Ceremonial Objects • Chemistry • Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices • Communications Devices • Computing Technology • Costumes and Accessories • Currency • Electricity • Exploration and Survey • Fisheries • Forestry • Furniture or Furnishings • Household Objects or Domestic Technology • Imaging : Film History and Technology : Photographs • Industrial Technology and History • Local History • Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints • Marine History and Technology • Masks • Medals • Medical History and Technology • Meteorology • Military History and Technology • Musical Instruments • Printing and Bookbinding • Religious or Liturgical Objects • Sports Equipment • Toys and Games • Transportation : Motorized ground : Non-motorized ground : Railway • Weapons
Other: Numismatics; Ranching, Mining Technology

Services & Activities

Research Services

Glenbow Museum houses one of the largest non-governmental archives in Canada.

Archival Records • Conservation or Restoration • Films • Genealogical Research • Library

Educational Programs

Classes or Workshops • Demonstrations • Discovery Room or Centre • Family Programs • Films • Lectures • School Programs : Age 0-4 (Pre-School) : Age 5-11 (k-6) : Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP) • Seniors Programs
Other: Continuing Education programs

Visitor Services

Handicap access
First aid room

Guided Tours • Accessible by Public Transportation • Children's Activities or Services : Strollers Available : Nursing area or Change Table • Information Centre or Desk • Reminiscence or Oral History Kits • Gift shop • Special Needs Facilities : Washrooms : Wheelchairs available : Wheelchair access • Cloakroom • Washrooms
Other: Membership program;
Other Guided Tours: pre-booked only

Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services Available • Volunteer Training Offered

Number of Volunteers: 250

Activities: Volunteers are involved in nearly all aspects of the museum. Glenbow has an active youth volunteer program as well

Member Privileges

Free, one year unlimied access to museum
Invitations to members-only exhibition previews
Free subscription to Glenbow's magazine, monly on-line publication
10% discount in museum shop
Special discounts at annual museum shop sale
Free admission to many Glenbow programs
Discounts for special programs, lectures, tours, and exhibitions

Food Services

Picnic Area • Reception Facilities • Restaurant
Other: Room available for school groups for lunch bookings

Internet Services

General InformationCollectionsEventsVirtual ExhibitionsEducationSchool Visits or ProgramsDirections or MapOnline Giftshop or BookstoreOther Internet Services

Local Tourism Links

Local Attractions

Publications & Products

Calendar of Events published 3x a year; school programs brochure, membership brochures; exhibition catalogues and books; pamphlets

Annual Reports • Books • Brochures • Catalogues • Educational kits • Magazines • Museum Guide • Postcards • Posters • T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps
Other: Glenbow Museum products available in museum shop' accompanying exhibition catalogues/books available for sale


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