Province/Territory: Alberta

Explore how history and landscape has shaped Alberta

  • 01 million artifacts to see from around the world
  • 48 colourful Albertan’s tell the history of Alberta
  • 04 storey tall sculpture of the Aurora Borealis

The Glenbow Museum in the heart of Calgary is Western Canada’s largest museum. Four full floors of artifacts, antiquities and art pull you into the history of Alberta and the world. Entering the museum has you standing under Aurora Borealis, a glistening sculpture of over 700 prisms where light dances and reflects beams of colours, mesmerizing you as you walk the staircase that wraps around it.

Every floor of the museum offers exhibits to explore – some to behold and some to hold! Art from Canada and Asia bring the worlds together on the second floor while the third floor is dedicated to learning about Alberta. Enter the Mavericks, an Incorrigible History of Alberta exhibition to learn how Mounties, railways, rum runners and flaring oil wells helped shape the province. Or, turn to the interactive landscape of the Blackfoot people to learn their ways and listen to elders speak of their nomadic history of following the great bison herds. The top floor is dedicated to the world through treasures of Asian Art to treasures of the mineral world. See how the world of war has evolved from the medieval armour to samurai swords. With over one million artifacts in the Glenbow Museum collection, you can be guaranteed every visit will have something new to discover.

Why you should visit
  • See how the skyline of Calgary has changed from a wooden fort to towering skyscrapers through art, antiques and demonstrations.
  • Explore Canada’s history through stunning priceless pieces of art depicting lives such as explorers, hunters, farmer and aboriginals.
  • Explore cultures from far away.
  • Take a behind the scenes tour to discover just how much is not on display.
  • Step inside a Blackfoot teepee and listen to the lore.
  • See what’s happening in the Discovery Room. Learn to do beadwork like the Blackfoot, create the next great painting or sculpture.
  • Walk through down town Calgary to see the unique sandstone architecture and works of art.
  • Rise to the top of the Calgary Tower to see the entire city.

Weather

  • The seasons change but the sunshine stays constant in Calgary. Summer months expect the sunrise before 6:00am with it setting over the mountains as late as 10:00pm. In December however, expect the sunrise shortly after 8:00am, setting before supper hour.
  • There is warm summer weather June through August with daily July temperatures of 24°C but cooling to 8°C in the evening. June is the wettest month with 70 mm of rain.
  • September marks the coming of fall with the trees turning shades or orange along the Bow River. Normal daily temperatures are dipping from 10°C in September to 5°C in October with the evenings still above freezing.
  • Winter can be very cold, dipping on occasion to -30°C. Calgary can expect Christmas to have normal daily highs of -3°C dipping to -14°C at night. Southern Alberta is notorious for strong warm winter winds that rush west off the mountains. A “Chinook Wind” can raise the temperature 15°C in less than an hour leaving the city in daily temperatures above freezing for a few days.
  • Spring temperatures rise dramatically from the winter months. March has highs of 5°C but by May the average is 16°C.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
When to go
Need to know
  • Glenbow Museum is wheelchair accessible.
  • Two complimentary manual wheelchairs are available.
  • Strollers are available at the coat check.
  • The complimentary coat check will hold your coats as well as oversized backpacks, umbrellas and shopping bags.
  • Plan to spend four hours to enjoy the museum.
  • Cameras and video are generally allowed except where posted.
Getting Here
  • In the heart of Calgary, across the street from the Calgary Tower.
  • Easily accessed by car (parking lots are nearby).
  • Calgary transit is readily available thoughout the city.
  • Taxi service is readily available throughout the city.