4009 Gateway Blvd.
Edmonton, AB T6J 5H2
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Arts & Museums
Children's Educational Wildlife Museum offers a fascinating insight into Canada's not so distant past of fur traders and pioneers. Indeed, the city of Edmonton was founded on the fur trade. See collections of firearms, traps, skins, an antique hunting car, and over 150 examples of stuffed and mounted animals. This rustic museum is especially popular with school children; organized educational trips are available. Visits to this museum are by appointment only. Admission is free.
If you are interested in Alberta's history, or are a serious historical researcher, or are just researching your own family tree, Provincial Archives of Alberta is the place to visit. Thousands of meters of government records, 400,000 photographs, maps, sound recordings, videos, audiovisual collections, and more are archived here. There are records which date back to as early as the 18th century. Copies of certificates can be obtained. T-shirts and other novelties are available in the gift shop. Admission is free. Visit website for more details.
Planet Ze Design Center is a place that redefines creativity and art expression. This center covers all aspects of arts, right from art display to renting out space for film productions. The art gallery has an amazing collection of painting, murals, contemporary furniture and unique jewelery. It offers services like interior-designing and designing customized furniture pieces. The center also conducts workshops on photography, designing, modeling and acting. Spread across a vast area of 7000 square feet, it can be rented for video, photography shoots and similar activities. For complete details on the services offered, check the website or call ahead.
Edmonton Radial Railway Society's Street Car Museum is one of the most delightful places to visit Edmonton. It's astonishing to note the evolution of cars over the ages and this museum, that has restored age-old street cars, provides glimpses of that evolution. It is possible to book the cars for after-hours private charters, which are ideal for corporate entertainment. The car barn, where you can see other street cars in the process of being restored. The museum is open to visitors every Saturday from May to October. Visit website.
During July and August you can travel back in time to see what Old Strathcona's railway station was really like. The museum is home to a working telegraph service, which was the main method of communication in the early days. This is a free attraction and frequent guided tours are available. However, donations are gratefully accepted. It can also be visited by appointment in the winter.
The Gallery A, as technical and functional as it sounds, sits on the main floor of the stupendous TELUS Centre building. The modern-looking edifice of the building is not an allusion to the kind of exhibitions displayed in this gallery. For inside, you will find some of the finest collections of art, some dating back even to the 17th and 18th Centuries. The University of Alberta ensures that the gallery has smooth exhibitions. Among the famous collections residing in this gallery is the Mactaggart Art Collection which boasts a vast collection of paintings from Eat Asia. Visit by appointment; check website or call ahead for details.
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is a wonderful tourist attraction. This fun little open-air museum uses historical interpreters who tell the story of the Bloc settlement that existed in Edmonton from 1892 to 1930. Characters dressed in period costume re-enact daily life as it was in that time period. Guided tours are available and visitors can even ride on horse-drawn grain wagons. Bring a lunch and relax in the picnic area afterward. Feasts, music festivals, special days, and garden tours are featured throughout the year. Call for more information.
Explore the homes of John Walter, one of Edmonton's early settlers and industrialists. The John Walter Museum is open to the public on Sunday afternoons. School programs, workshops, birthday parties and other such activities are regular features during the week. One of the houses contains a history of John Walter in pictorial form; the other two are furnished and decorated as per the period. Admission is free. Call for more information.
Faculty of Dentistry Museum is located in the University of Alberta. Students can receive walk-in dental treatment at this museum/dental office. If you are interested in the history of dentistry, check out the museum on the fourth floor and try not to imagine what those instruments would have been like if you were on the wrong end of them. Visitors are welcome but by appointment only.
Vascular Plant Herbarium is one of the largest of its kind in Alberta and the third largest in Canada. It is located in the Biological Sciences Building of the University of Alberta. This interesting vascular plant collection dates from 1912 and comprises over 250,000 specimens. The collection is split into three categories, including teaching, reference, and the main collection. It is a fascinating place to visit. Specimens from the herbarium are frequently requested on loan from institutions around the world. Admission is free.
The Cryptogamic Herbarium is a part of the Biological Sciences Department of the University of Alberta. Cryptogamic plants are the mosses, fungi, liverworts and lichens that we see around us everyday, but often fail to notice. About 200,000 different specimens of this fascinating plant life are on display here. Research into this group of plants, which are particularly sensitive to environmental changes, has taken on a new importance in an age of rapid ecological damage. Apart from viewing the plants, specimens are available for loan to researchers.
Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology at the University of Alberta is a heaven for music scholars and researchers. The museum archives all kinds of sounds and music, including digital sound. You will be able to print documentation accompanying the archive you are listening to. There is a wealth of information about local performers with an up-to-date performance schedule. The facility is open by appointment only and is used primarily for research between serious musicians, scholars, and the worldwide community. Admission is free.