Museums and Galleries Walking Tour, Edmonton

Museums and Galleries Walking Tour (Self Guided), Edmonton

If you want to have a unique experience you should not miss the chance to visit the most interesting museums and galleries located in Edmonton. Whether it’s a museum, an art gallery or a cultural centre, Edmonton offers its visitors different cultural spots every day. These museums aren’t just “typical” attractions, but also beautiful landmarks with deep historical roots. Go ahead and check out the most precious galleries and museums in Edmonton.
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Museums and Galleries Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Walking Tour
Guide Location: Canada » Edmonton (See other walking tours in Edmonton)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.2 Km or 5.1 Miles
Author: ChristineS
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The West End Gallery
  • The Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists
  • Harcourt House Arts Center
  • Alberta Craft Gallery
  • Latitude 53 Gallery
  • Art Gallery Of Alberta
  • Royal Alberta Museum
  • Prince of Wales Armouries
  • Alberta Aviation Museum
The West End Gallery

1) The West End Gallery

The West End Gallery is a gallery in Edmonton that has exhibitions showcasing the finest Canadian paintings. You will also see collections of sculptures and modern art glass. This gallery offers its customers many other services like appraisal and evaluation, local and international shipping and an approval system. This gallery is a member of Edmonton’s Gallery Walk Association. It is open every day, Monday through Friday from 10 Am until 5.30 Pm, Saturdays from 10 Am to 5 Pm, Sundays and holidays from 11 Am to 4 Pm.
The Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists

2) The Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists

The Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists (SNAP) is an art centre which features not only monthly exhibitions but also services like examination and appraisal of art works. It also provides a unique forum for public discussion of critical issues. It was founded in 1982 as a centre for works of research and promotion of traditional and experimental digital experiences. In order to achieve its goals, there is a gallery and a printmaking studio. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 to 5 Pm.
Harcourt House Arts Center

3) Harcourt House Arts Center

Harcourt House Arts Centre is one of only four public galleries, and one of three artist-run centres in Edmonton. The centre delivers a host of services to both artists and the community, and acts as an essential alternative site for the presentation, distribution and promotion of contemporary art. It is an artist-run, charitable organization that promotes contemporary visual art to interested individuals and organizations by providing education, exhibitions and resources.

Public gallery status and charitable status were granted to the organization in 1990. Harcourt House has received its core funding from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Arts Council. Additional funding has been obtained from the Clifford E. Lee Foundation, Alberta Advanced Education and Career Development, the Government of Canada and both individual and corporate donations.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Alberta Craft Gallery

4) Alberta Craft Gallery

“Alberta Craft Gallery” was created by Alberta Craft Council and is a public gallery that holds exhibitions of fine crafts made by local and regional artists. Their collections contain different types of items, namely the best home accessories, jewelry, pottery, furniture, blown glass and much more. This gallery focuses on supporting craft-artists and craftsmen. They are open each day except Sunday from 10 Am to 5 Pm, on Thursday from 10am–6pm.
Latitude 53 Gallery

5) Latitude 53 Gallery

“Latitude 53 Gallery” is a contemporary art gallery that encourages the development of experimental art. Its founders aim to promote contemporary art through different forms, mainly through exhibitions, but also it features special rooms devoted to reading, thematic seminars and workshops. “Latitude 53 Gallery” was founded in 1973 by a small group of artists that wanted to assure freedom to artists open to new art forms. This gallery is on the second floor of the Creamery Building, which is located on the corner of 103 Avenue and 106 Street. The working hours are: Wednesday- Friday: 11am-7pm; Saturday 12-5pm.
Art Gallery Of Alberta

6) Art Gallery Of Alberta (must see)

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a public art gallery located in downtown Edmonton. Its collection of well over 6,000 works of art includes historical and contemporary paintings, sculptures, installation works and photographs by Canadian and international artists. In addition to its permanent collection, the AGA hosts visiting exhibitions and offers public education programs. The vision statement of the AGA is: "The Art Gallery of Alberta creates a welcoming and engaging environment where people are motivated to transform their understanding of the world by connecting with the visual arts."

Originally designed in 1968 as a Brutalist building by Don Bittorf, the gallery recently underwent an $88 million renovation designed by Randall Stout Architects. It officially reopened to the public on January 31, 2010. The newly renovated 85,000-square-foot (7,900 m2) space includes almost double the exhibition space of the original building; a restaurant, gallery shop, and 150 seat theatre; and dedicated gallery space for the AGA's permanent collection. Following the renovation annual memberships of AGA increased significantly and there were 30,000 visitors within the first six weeks of reopening.

Operation hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 11 am-5 pm; Thursday: 11 am-8 pm.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Royal Alberta Museum

7) Royal Alberta Museum (must see)

The Royal Alberta Museum is located in Edmonton and was named the Provincial Museum of Alberta until 24 May 2005 when Queen Elizabeth II visited, bestowing royal patronage. It has a natural history exhibit, a wildlife exhibit, an entomology exhibit, a Native Culture exhibit, as well as some smaller displays. It also houses an entomology collection and an arachnology collection. The museum was to undergo an extensive multi-million dollar renewal project, but funding has been put on hold causing delays. Also on the premises is Government House which is used by the Alberta Government Caucus. The museum has three permanent galleries: Wild Alberta, Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture, and Natural History. The Museum also has rotating galleries that welcome travelling exhibits as well as host exhibits created in house by the museums curators.

Operation hours: daily 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Prince of Wales Armouries

8) Prince of Wales Armouries

Prince of Wales Armouries is another cultural centre with exhibitions of photographs, video records, diaries and other material that reveals Edmonton’s history. It features 2 different museums: “Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum” and The Telephone Historical Centre. The foundation of “Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum” was dedicated to military service in this city. It features 2 main galleries: the Stone Gallery and the Griesbach Gallery. The Telephone Historical Centre is the largest of its kind and the perfect place for people of all ages and interests featuring special multi-media presentations and much historical footage of the Edmonton area. This cultural spot opened its doors in 1987; it was founded by a small community that dedicated a centre to the history of the appearance and development of telephone lines in Edmonton. The working hours of this centre are: Monday-Tuesday: 8:30am–4:30pm; Wednesday: 8:30am–8pm; Thursday, Friday: 8:30am–4:30pm.
Alberta Aviation Museum

9) Alberta Aviation Museum (must see)

The Alberta Aviation Museum is located on-site at the Edmonton City Centre (Blatchford Field) Airport CYXD on the southwest corner of the field. The Museum's hangar is the last remaining example of a 'double-double' Second World War British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) hangar. These hangars, built for the BCATP across Canada, were made of pre-cut wooden timbers of British Columbia Fir. They could be built as single units, double units, and the 'double-double' which is 4 units.

Built in 1940-41 after 3 double hangars for RCAF Station Edmonton, it was originally the maintenance hangar for No. 16 Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) and No. 2 Air Observers School (AOS).

After the USA entered the Second World War it was used to service United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) aircraft heading to Alaska until the new USAAF base opened in Edmonton. Postwar it used by No. 418 (City of Edmonton) Reserve Squadron, Pacific Western Airlines and for Distant Early Warning Line (DEW Line) construction before becoming a car dealership in the early 1960s. Known in Edmonton as "The Hangar on Kingsway", it has been designated 'M' Hangar, Hangar #6 and later Building #14 by the Edmonton City Airport. It is now a designated municipal and provincial historic site.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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