Western Canada’s largest museum just saw a truly mammoth year.
The Royal Alberta Museum, the newest (and, did we mention, biggest) museum on this side of the country opened on October 3, 2018, and in the time since it has seen hundreds of thousands of visitors walk through its doors.
According to a release from the Province of Alberta, the museum saw over 400,000 visitors in the year since it opened.
“The new Royal Alberta Museum was years in the making. Thanks to everyone who has made its first year such a success,” said Alberta’s Minister of Culture, Leela Sharon Aheer, in the release.
“The museum is a dynamic space where Alberta’s diverse and fascinating stories are shared. Our province’s history is constantly evolving and so is this wonderful space.”
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The museum spans over 419,000-sq-ft and takes a look at over 5,300 interesting objects including (but definitely not limited to):
- Expansive Human History and Natural History Halls chronicling the history of Alberta’s people, animals, and landscapes
- An interactive Children’s Gallery designed for hands-on learning through play
- An expansive Bug Gallery with a visible hatchery
- A free admission space dedicated to the Manitou Stone
“One year ago, Albertans welcomed us back with open arms. We couldn’t wait to open our doors again and share this space with our community,” said Royal Alberta Museum Executive Director, Chris Robinson, in the release.
“The response has exceeded our every expectation. And we aren’t standing still – we are continuing to learn about our visitors’ wants and needs, and adapting to provide the best experience possible.”
The museum can be found at 9810 103a Avenue in downtown Edmonton.