A museum 65 million years in the making is finally here! The Royal Alberta Museum’s new location in downtown Edmonton officially opened in October 2018 to an awaiting public that’s been holding its breath and waiting semi-patiently since the beloved museum began its massive move.
At its first home in the west Edmonton neighbourhood of Glenora, the RAM had been well loved and popular—hosting nearly 14 million visitors since it opened in 1967. Today, in a space double the size of its old location, the RAM is not only one of Canada’s best museums but also Western Canada’s largest! Its extensive collection of more than two million objects includes everything from pictographs and prehistoric plant-eaters to mountain landscapes and unusual insects.
Celebrate the earth’s diversity in the Natural History Gallery, which includes detailed dioramas, preserved fossils, and precious gems and meteorites. Then visit the Human History Gallery to learn more about Alberta’s diverse past and present, from Indigenous culture and history to the Olympics and the Edmonton Oilers. Did you know invertebrates make up 97 percent of the animal kingdom? Learn the spine-tingling fun facts in the Bug Gallery! Speaking of fun, don’t miss the Children’s Gallery. The hands-on activities help foster the love of discovery from an early age, where toddlers, kids—and the young at heart—can play, build, slide, tumble, dress up, and more. Until October 20, the Feature Gallery is hosting the largest touring exhibition of Viking artifacts in the world. Check out “Thor’s hammer” and the longest Viking warship ever found at Vikings: Beyond the Legend.
No visit is complete without a visit to the museum’s gift shop. You’ll find artworks, books, toys, and perfect souvenirs—plus more than half the products are made by local and Indigenous makers from Alberta, and the store proceeds support RAM programming and services.
The wait is finally over—now go feed your curiosity.
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