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Arts & Museums
SpacePort is an interactive museum which is an excellent destination for families interested in the final frontier. Exhibits include motion and flight simulators, space shuttle and control tower models and perhaps most exciting of all, a piece of moon rock on loan from NASA. Whether you need something to entertain the kids while waiting for a flight or if you're looking for a unique birthday party venue, SpacePort is a fun place. Call ahead for more details.
The Aero Space Museum offers an up-close look at Calgary's place in aviation history through aviation memorabilia and military aircraft displays, including a Lancaster, a Sopwith Tri-Plane and a Harvard Mark. Visitors can participate in interesting quizzes which challenge their knowledge about the museum. Children can participate in these or engage themselves in materials that can e enlightening. On Thursdays, this museum sees an influx of guests for their 'ASMAC Movie Night' where they broadcast documentaries like 'Real Stuff', 'Snowbirds 25th Anniversary' and 'The Dam Busters (1954)'.
Catch the talented resident artist behind Chester Arts whether she's painting her large acrylic prairie murals or teaching a children's art class. The painter is a well known educator-actress, so this working studio is buzzing with activity any day of the week, given the various activities housed within Chester Arts. She also accepts commissioned artworks specifically for private houses and corporations. Clients are encouraged to sit down with the artist to find the balance between home interiors and different art-forms. Find depictions of landscapes, flowers and portraits in the Chester Arts Gallery.
Located on the University of Calgary campus, the Nickle Galleries is one of the forerunners to modern art. It is known for conducting provocative exhibitions as well as enlightening programs, run and taught by University students. The museum opened in 1979 through the benevolence of Mr. Samuel C. Nickle, whose vision was to supply provocative contemporary art for public viewing that was accessible to everyone. The museum has been relocated to the Taylor Family Digital Library since 2011 and has been renamed Nickle Galleries. Since September 1996, The Nickle Arts Museum has also been the aiming at providing university students with education in the 'Cultural and Heritage sector'. The Nickle Arts Museum works with other departments at the University to promote learning, research and discovery.
Built with a lot of thought and a significant amount of resources and time, TELUS Spark is a purpose-built facility designed to elicit curiosity and facilitate innovation in children and adults alike. The sprawling facility is into various sections and features tons of interactive exhibits, presentations as well as activities aimed at making science, as interesting as possible. From the Prototype Lab, where new ideas are tested with inputs from visitors to the 'Being Human' section where visitors can truly understand what it means to be human, there's a distinct freshness to this center which differentiates it from other such facilities. The 'Digital Dome Theatre' renders a rich audio-visual experience, and the various shows should not be missed here. The exhibits span all age groups, so there's something for everyone. Check website for more details.
Creative Kids Museum as the name alludes, is a space where children are given the freedom to learn through their own experiences. This museum houses various exhibits in which children can get involved and explore and learn. Water-babies will love the 'Water Play Area' where they can recreate a waterfall. The adventurous kids will love crawling through the 'Climbing Structure', as they find their way out. Those with a scientific sense can immerse themselves in innovating and creating their own machines. Those with a flair for theatrics can work with their own production. Children who love some quiet time can relax with their favorite book at the 'Reading Nook'. This is one museum a child will never want to leave.
Chinese Artifacts Museum is located within the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, an entity aimed at celebrating and promoting Chinese culture in Calgary. The museum houses recreations of the various kinds of antiques. Visitors can marvel at the various life size exhibits like a majestic chariot connected to horses along with soldiers made of terra-cota. Immerse yourself in the handicraft items on display like the beautiful wooden objects, the porcelain and ceramic items and the texture and design of the elegant royal robes. This museum will leave you awestruck with the rich history that the Chinese locals in Calgary have on offer.
Get a glimpse of what the Western part of Canada must have looked like, when dinosaurs were the kings of this planet million years ago. While enjoying live animals within the Calgary Zoo, this attraction offers a refreshing experience by giving visitors a dose of history. A beloved of adults and children, this attraction goes into details recreating the past, including the flora and fauna of the time. Enjoy an educational fun time at the Prehistoric Park.
Gainsborough Galleries stocks a lot of artwork that is symbolic of Alberta and the Prairies. The works offered here are of high caliber, making them likely to become treasured heirlooms. They carry beautiful bronze sculptures of buffaloes and cowboys as well as a number of wooden sculptures of cattle and horses. There is also an array of Alberta prints depicting local and regional mountain themes and scenes, as well as a number of interesting landscape paintings. Check website for further details on upcoming exhibits.
The Grain Academy Museum has been educating visitors about Canada's grains since 1981. This museum give its visitors an in-depth knowledge into the production, transportation and trade of grains. The exhibits replicate the whole interesting process, right from harvesting of grains to the delivery of grains at various stores. Visitors can try their hands at various interactive models, and browse through the rare artifacts, photos and videos that celebrate the farmer's pride. Check website for further details on tours and other educational programs conducted at the museum.
This art gallery-cum-working art studio features art culled from the life experiences of the artist in residence. The artist also creates figurative art work of people and figures. Expect to find series of work dealing with "life force". And like the other working art studios in the art central area, one can find the artist hard at work teaching and providing team building and corporate seminars to those who would like to dip their fingers into the mysteries of art. People who visit this working studio say they can relate to the realities interpreted in the artists' canvas. Entry by appointment only.
Eric Louie Studio in Art Central gallery in Calgary, has some of the most dynamic yet realistic art collection seen this side of Western Canada. The artist in residence uses the rich mediums of oil and watercolor to render his realistic and abstract art forms. The recent works of the artist are thought provoking art pieces that interpret the harsh realities of street life, homelessness and the marginalized in society, all done in large, grand pieces. This working art gallery cum studio produces art pieces, portraits and originals for the serious art collector.