Royal Alberta Museum Edmonton
Royal Alberta Museum
Edmonton's History of the Province
The Alberta Museum in Edmonton takes you on an historical and scientific quest through Alberta. Find out more about one of Canada's most popular museums.
Location: 12845-102nd Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5N 0M6
Phone Number: (780) 453-9100
Hours of operation: Daily 9 - 5
Website: Alberta's Royal Museum
Admission: For the most up-to-date info check here for Alberta Museum Admission Costs
They offer season passes, group rates and special pricing days as well.
Parking: Free parking
Royal Alberta Museum Edmonton Review
The Royal Alberta Museum is one fantastic museum.
Formerly called the Provincial Museum of Alberta, the RAM highlights Alberta's natural history and its cultural distinctives.
The museum's mission statement as listed on website is, "To preserve and tell the story of Alberta - the experience of people and places over time - and inspire Albertans to explore and understand the world around them."
Exhibits and Galleries
The Royal Alberta Museum offers permanent exhibits, feature exhibits, and travelling exhibits from other museums.
The permanent exhibits are displayed in three separate galleries.
The Natural History Gallery offers well-appointed displays from nature. Rocks, minerals and fossils are beautifully exhibited in three large displays: Reading the Rocks, Treasures of the Earth: Gems and Minerals and Fossils: Creatures from the Depths of Time.
The Bug Room, featuring live invertebrates in replicas of their natural habitats, is the space where kids either "Oohh" or "Ick" while The Bird Gallery showcases birds of Alberta along with an extensive display of eggs from around the world.
The final display in this gallery is Our Green World - The Diverse Vegetation and Flora of Alberta which demonstrates the four eco regions of Alberta.
The Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture highlights many customs, artifacts, and history of Alberta Aboriginals and is one of the largest museum portrayals of native-themed displays in Canada.
Make sure you visit the Wild Alberta Gallery of the Royal Alberta Museum. We saw and admired the fantastic wild animal dioramas in early 2001. The museum has since updated the display. Seeing this area is worth the price of admission.
Educational opportunities abound through the Royal Alberta Museum.
Education programs for school children, a week-long on-site museum school program and distance learning opportunities featuring virtual exhibits and access to online publications are features of the program.
A themed film series, guest lecturers, feature displays, and displays on loan from other museums round out the educational emphases.
The museum archives, called Collections and Research, hosts materials in several disciplines. Check the website for information on how to contact the curator of the area you're researching.
The museum also publishes interesting Alberta-themed books and booklets. A few of the many past titles include:
Areas of Study
The museum now boasts thirteen separate areas of study, represented in the displays and archives of the organization. These areas include:
Quick and Quirky Museum Tidbits
For example, the traveling exhibit entitled "Chop Suey on the Prairies" runs through August 31, 2012. The online trailer for the exhibit begins, "There are more Chinese restaurants in North America than there are fast food outlets combined." Included is a History of Ginger Beef feature, a Chinese dish that originated in Alberta and has a British connection. Read online for the story or check out the traveling display at a museum near you!
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