Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton
This place - Royal Alberta Museum, this two-story building is just an antique collection warehouse in the dull city, Edmonton. The exhibitions inside are definitely tedious and obsolete.
It’s due to the city is short of funding to renovating its cultural facilities, both “hardware” – facilities and “software” – exhibitions’ content are just insipid (no surprise).
The dinosaur section is a joke, even the displays are outdated and inaccurate.
If those look for a closer cultural exposure, this is not the right place.
Some who give positive comments for this place must be either obsequious or asinine, or don’t even know what a “museum” should be like.
By the way, Edmonton just gives people a strong sense of depression.
Warning – travellers who aren’t optimistic at the moment, don’t travel there alone.
The Provincial Museum has always been a favorite spot of mine in Edmonton. There are all sorts of permanent displays and activities, as well as traveling displays that pass through the museum. Some of the mainstays are Wild Alberta, which has many dioramas with facts and stories, and the Natural History Gallery, which includes a Bug Room, fossils, gems and minerals, a bird gallery, and Our Green World.
The museum has anywhere from 5+ feature exhibits a year. One of my favorites is the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. There is a movie theater where they feature old movies at a very low price. There is also a cafeteria and a nice gift shop.
The grounds are green and beautiful, and on Saturdays during the summer they are full of busy bridal parties getting their wedding photos done! On a not so busy day it is a nice place to sit on the grass and have a picnic.
Also on the museum grounds is Government House, which was officially opened in 1913. This is where Alberta's first six Lieutenant Governors lived. It is now used for some government meetings. As far as I am aware, the general public are not able to go inside government house.
The Museum is open every day of the year except December 24 and 25, from 9am until 5pm
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for youth, $8 for people 65+, and $7 for students
Aaaaand...I got married here! :)
The Royal Alberta Museum is actually pretty good...if you come from any larger cities that have spectacular museums (i.e. New York, Toronto, Vancouver), it might not be anything special, but Edmontonians or anybody who has some free time should pop by and see the exhibits we have. The most recent one was a lego and Bob the Builder wing, but my favourites were the wildlife of Alberta on the bottom floor. The Aboriginal gallery on the top is phenomenal, and merits something.
There are also some shows playing occasionally, as there is a theatre on the right of the entrance. If that's not enough to get you interested, then perhaps the Japanese shrine and small building will that overlook the Edmonton River Valley will...gosh, what a breathtaking view!
A bonus: they're open everyday of the year except Christmas Eve and Day, 9-5!
Visit the Royal Alberta Museum to get an impression of many different aspects of culture and nature in Alberta.
If you take some time for it you can spent almost a whole day there.