The Glenbow Museum is open daily from 9:00 - 5:00, and it stays open until 9:00 on Thursday night. Adult admission is $12, reduced rates are $8-9. Visiting the museum takes about ninety minutes for those just wanting a quick look around, factor in another hour for those who like to stand back, take everything in and then read all the information provided. Photography is allowed in some areas.
The second floor is home to the temporary exhibits (currently "Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World") and the museum's own collection of Asian art that focuses on Hindu and Buddhist sculpture. I didn't get a lot from either exhibit. There is also a Discovery Room on the second floor where kids can participate in hands-on activities. The current theme (November 2006) was crime scene investigation.
Most of the third floor will be closed until February 2007, as they are building an exhibit called "Mavericks" that will explore some of Alberta's history. Currently open is the Blackfoot exhibit where you can walk into a teepee, see traditional Blackfoot clothes and tools, and watch movies about Blackfoot life. There is a very small room that looks at the life of all the First Peoples in Canada, divided by geographic area. A lot of the First Peoples displays feel inauthentic and almost disrespectful.
The top floor is a real mish-mash of exhibits. "Treasures of the Mineral World" has lots of rocks and gemstones. "Where Symbols Meet" features a collection of African art. I felt the same unease in this exhibit as in the First Peoples area. "Warriors: A Journey Through Five Centuries" looks at everything that has to do with men and women who fight. It can be hard to make connections between one display and the next in this area.
There were VERY few docents available to answer questions, and the guestbooks were full of horribly offensive comments written by children. I felt the museum could have used more staff. Additionally, a lot of material is covered in a little depth. I think this museum needs to take a stronger stance.
Calgary’s premier museum. The Glenbow has the finest collections of frontier exploration and the development of life in the west. There are also exhibits pertaining to Native culture and other cultures around the world. Where else would you run across a suit of armor in Calgary?
Learn about the daily life of Egyptians, Romans and Greeks during Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World. Try your hand at weaving on our tabletop loom or design your own Roman basket. Scratch your own story into a Grecian amphora (or vase) while you explore the different languages found on the Rosetta Stone. Stamp your way to a message using hieroglyphics and try etching into tin to create your own Egyptian pendant.
As Roman generals conquered Greece and the eastern Mediterranean in the second century B.C., they and the Roman public became increasingly enamoured with Greek art, first obtaining originals, making copies and then eventually creating their own variations. Greatly influenced by Greece, Roman art brought its predecessor's realism to a new height by stressing the dynamism of human expression in sculpture. Their realistic portraits, honoring likeness of character and great achievements, but at times in unflattering ways, would have been rejected by the Greek lovers of beauty
Ancient Greek art and culture, which flourished from contact with the Egyptian and Aegean civilizations, features the Greeks' interest in human nature and anatomy, and their search for ideal forms that represent the dynamic power of life. Elegantly simplified divine images were carved from Greece's rich resources of white marble.
After his death nearly 2,800 years ago, the body of a young Egyptian priest named Pennu underwent a mummification process.
(two adults and up to four children)
Child (under 6)...................... Free!
Glenbow Museum Members..... Free!
The First Nation instalment is wonderful.
Many of the displays in this area are reproductions, but they have put together a good broad look at the traditional ways of Calgary’s First Nation beginnings.
I especially love the teepees.
The exhibits in this museum are lovely. And there is still more to come.
Watching the lights twinkle up the crystal sculpture that is a permanent fixture at the Glenbow is cool. Though now, as an adult it looks kind of '70's, I made me smile to see it there still stretching up to the ceiling.
Always liked the '"Treasures of the Mineral World"
And "Warriors" is worth a look.
The Glenbow Museum is an outstanding museum. It is Western Canada's largest museum and provides excellent 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, worshipped, and were governed, what they did to relax, how they dressed and ate, and how family momentos helped create a home in a new land. The cultural history collection also includes important holdings of Alberta pottery, Western Canadian folk studies, northern explorations, numismatics, pressed glass, and textiles. The ethnology section shows visitors items made or used by the indigenous peoples of North America, particularly the Northern Plains, as well as the Northwest Coast, Arctic, and Subarctic regions, and select regions of South America, Africa, Oceania, and Asia.
The museum's military collection has a very well presented section spanning many countries over nearly five centuries, particularly European, Asian, and North American firearms and edged weapons. Also well represented are Japanese arms and armour, and Canadian medals, orders, and decorations.
The museum's mineralogy collection includes minerals and precious and semi-precious stones from around the world. The 'Treasures of the Mineral World' exhibition is popular with 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 colour of the rainbow.
This museum seems to marketted for its great western section which is a great showcase of Western Canada, but I found the other sections much more interesting.
Be sure to check out the top floor for the weaponary and medieval displays, for any weapon lover there is tons to see here! The armor is equally impressive.
Beyond this, the asian art section near the main hall is worth a look, but be sure not to take pictures in this section.
Of course come for the Western Art, but don't be fooled by the guide information there is a lot to see here, also with an excellent gift shop!
The Glenbow Museum in downtown Calgary is worth spending a day at. The museum has exhibits of the history of western Canada and beyond. I remember a floor with military displays - guns and armour. Another floor had displays of First Nations culture. (pic from museum website)
web site: www.glenbow.org
A great museum featuring a little bit of everything from Canadian art, geology and world anthropology. There's something for everyone here.
I like museums and we choose one to visit, when we go to a new place. Glenbow Museum is a mixture of history and art. Also they have events or exibitions, always something different.
The West African Area isn’t overly large but very colourful, and displays some interesting carvings and multi-media work.
What a facinating exhibit. I especially liked their CSI: Discover Petra for the kids (of all ages)
Really well thought out exhibit.