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Calgary Museums

Aero Space Museum of Calgary
4629 McCall Way NE
Calgary, AB T2E 8A5
(403) 250-3752

The Aero Space Museum was founded by pilots in the 1970s, so you know that it knows its stuff.  The museum promotes the stories of Western Canada’s contributions to flight technology. There are flight simulators to practice on and plenty of planes to get close to.  Education tours are available by appointment.

Glenbow Museum
130-9th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0P3
(403) 268-4100

Glenbow Museum is a giant museum with more than a million different artifacts and works of art from prehistoric times to the present.  The museum tends to have exhibits primarily about native cultures, military history, and geology, though it also has thousands of works of art and a library with more than 100,000 materials on reserve.  There’s also the Discovery Room, which has a lot of interactive exhibits.

Lougheed House
707 13th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0K8
(403) 244-6333

The Lougheed House is a 3 acre estate complete with a sandstone mansion built in 1891.  It’s a National Historic Site, and is a great place to relax at.  There’s a nice café to stop at when you need a break from wandering around the gardens and palatial rooms.

Military Museums
4520 Crowchild Trail SW
Calgary, AB T2T 5J4
(403) 974-2853

Six different galleries are combined to form one of North America’s largest military museums.  There are true-to life displays providing a view of life during various wars, along with models to show the conflicts on a grander scale.  Outside, there are tanks and other military vehicles to explore.  The museum has a small restaurant and a bookstore too.

Naval Museum
1820 24th St SW
Calgary, AB T2T 0G6
(403) 242-0002

Even though it’s hundreds of miles from the ocean, this is the largest museum in the country dedicated to the Canadian Navy.  It has a lot of different naval equipment, including three fighter planes and a submarine periscope that gives a great view of the city.

Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum
88 Canada Olympic Park Rd SW
Calgary, AB T3B 5R5
(403) 247-5452

Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics, and this 3 story museum has plenty of memorabilia and videos from those games.  It provides a great insight into the life of an Olympic athlete.

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, U of C
(403) 220-5385

The Observatory has one of the biggest telescopes in Canada and is currently used as a center for scientific study.  It’s the only facility in Canada that patrols the skies for asteroids that could potentially impact earth.  The Observatory welcomes visitors Monday through Wednesday and Saturday, from 12 pm to 4pm.

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology
Midland Provincial Park
Highway 838
Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0
(403) 823-7707

This museum focuses exclusively on Paleontology, especially on that of Alberta, which was a semi-tropical area flourishing with prehistoric life millions of years ago.  It’s an hour and a half away from Calgary, so it will take time to get there, but it’s heaven for a dinosaur lover.

TELUS World of Science
701-11 Street SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 268-8300

The TELUS World of Science is a terrific science museum and planetarium.  There are so many interactive exhibits to keep kids busy that you won’t know where to start, but some of the favorites are a LEGO exhibit or the life-size Chutes and Ladders game.  The Creative Kids Museum is grouped together with the World of Science and helps inspire kids to create.