Want to know more about the wonderful city of Calgary? Great! Because it’s very easy to do thanks to the many history museums you will find here. Here are just a few of the top ones in the area.
The Glenbow Museum
The Glenbow Museum is one that has received not only critical acclaim but popular acclaim as well. Not many museums can say that. If you want to know about the history and heritage of Western Canada you will find it here.
It’s a pretty big museum housing three stories full of information. Browse around a bit and you will find a very detailed account of the early years in Canada. You will also get a glimpse into some of the hardships that took place as well. It is the perfect museum for both children and adults.
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre
A unique blend of options can be found at the Chinese Culture Centre. This centre not only offers a museum, you will also find a gallery, gift shop, gym, auditorium, restaurant and lots more. The centre hall is an outstanding 70 foot high dome.
It is highly decorated with colors and designs that stick to the Chinese culture. The Temple of Heaven in Beijing is the inspiration for the dome. There are four gold-leaf colums that stand for the four seasons. Inside of the museum you will find exhibits that contain porcelain, ceramics, textiles, furniture and recreations of tomb treasures.
Royal Tyrrell Museum
The Royal Tyrrell Museum is home to where the dinosaurs roamed over 100 years ago. You will be able to stand on the very grounds where traces of what took place many years ago, still remain. The eroded barren landscapes consist of dinosaur bone beds and fossils that are brought to life by the crew at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. To learn more visit them online at http://www.tyrrellmuseum.com.
Aero Space Museum
If you love aviation, this is the place for you. The Aero Space Museum provides plenty of aviation memorabilia including restored planes, photoos, uniforms and much more. Some of the planes are in pretty rough shape and awaiting reconditioning, but others have already been preserved.
Heritage Park Historical Village
You will find the Heritage Park Historical Village beside the Glenmore Reservior. This park is spread over 66 acres,and presents a display of what Calgary was like before 1914. The village is set up to enrich visitors with an inside look at the areas past. You can also experience past transportation methods such as the steam engine, horse-drawn wagon, sternwheeler and streetcar.
Nickle Arts Museum
With plenty of contemporary and historical works of art, this is one of the most unique musuems in Calgary. Enjoy mor than 16,000 pieces throughout the collection with many from Europe and Canada.
Gasoline Alley Museum
The Gasoline Alley Museum is a fun place to go in Calgary if you love automobiles. They have one of the largest public collections of antique vehicles. They also have a huge collection of oil and gas artefacts from the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
If you enjoy the older street scene, this is the place to find it again. Along with the regular cars, you will find some of the coolest whiskey runners and plenty of other great artefacts to enjoy.
The ambiance at the museum is very nostalgic. You will be captivated by all the vintage artefacts and vehicles, along with so much more. The upper Mezzanine level provides a place you can rent for an event, as well. The events can run up to 1,000 people and can include a buffet dinner or a plated dinner.
The Gasoline Alley Museum is found at 1900 Heritage Drive SW. They are open year-round from 9:30am to 4pm every single day. Admission to the museum is included when you pay for admission to Heritage Park. If you're looking for something fun to enjoy, bring the family and take in some of the history of the automobile.
Very important to the Alberta area, grain is a source of food and a large part of the farming industry here. There is a large amount of grain produced in the area, which is used throughout Canada. The Grain Academy gives you the big picture of the process grain goes through.
Displays include video demonstrations, hands-on display of a grain elevator, a variety of agricultural artefacts, informative booths and an exhibit dedicated to the process of transporting grain between Alberta and the Vancouver coast.
Waterton National Park
The Wateron National Park is unlike any other place you have ever visited. It’s so unique it will mesmerize you. The scene has remained unchanged for hundreds of years. When you get there it will feel like you are stepping into a land that existed before time. To learn more visit them online at http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/waterton/index.aspx.
Head Smashed - World Heritage Site
At head smashed you will experience what it feels like when thousands of buffalo are charging at the same time. The vibrations in the ground will feel like something out of a movie. You will also be able to stand on the sandstone cliff and get a first-hand look at what provided the First Nations Tribes a livelihood for over 6000 years. If you want to learn more visit them online at http://history.alberta.ca/headsmashedin.
If you have little boys they will love this museum. I suppose your little girls will love it too. When you walk in you will be greeted with all kinds of firefighter equipment. It gives you a glimpse into firefighting between the years of 1870 and 1973.
One of the best parts of the museum is the collection of fire trucks. You will see how fire trucks have evolved over the years. You can even get in and ride one of the old fire trucks from back in the day. There are more than 3000 artifacts at this museum alone.
The Military Museums
Plenty of Calgary and Canadian history is found at the Military Museums. It's the largest of its' cind found in western Canada. You will discover plenty of artifacts from the most respected fighting regiments in Canadian history including:
- The Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
- Lord Strathcona's Horse
- The Calgary Highlanders
- And More!
There's plenty to discover here and in the summer, you may even find a great event to attend.
As you can see, Calgary is home to a lot of great museums. No matter what your interest you are sure to find one you like. So grab your family and go learn about the history of Calgary.
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