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Arts & Museums
If you want to buy a classic wildlife picture by a top artist or perhaps just browse, then check out the Editions gallery at the West Edmonton Mall. You will find pieces of art by Robert Bateman, Carl Brenders, Bev Doolittle, Frederick Hart, Thomas Kinkade, and many others. The gallery has another outlet in the lower level of the mall, one in Calgary, and another in Red Deer. Why not put a tiger on your wall?
Anyone who has an interest in the field of nursing will find this museum fascinating. The displays and historical information cover the development of the nursing profession as well as the founding of the College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA). Notebooks, pins, documents, and medals from both World Wars are on display.
Designed by renowned architect Douglas J Cardinal, this stunning building, previously known as Odyssium, is difficult to miss. There's plenty to see and do, including interactive displays, shows, a learning center, observatory, IMAX theater, computer labs, birthday party hosting, several space and science galleries, as well as a café and gift shop. Since it opened in 1984, the massive science center has been attracting visitors in ever-increasing numbers. The current rate of visitors at TELUS World of Science is about 500,000 people per year. Opening hours vary according to season.
You may need more than one visit to see everything at this large and extensive museum of local history. The exhibitions change on a regular basis; the Royal Alberta Museum is always packed with humans and natural history, and the galleries offer a variety of art displays. Conference and meeting facilities accommodating up to 400 are available. There is a museum shop and cafe that serves snacks and meals. The Royal Alberta Museum is located west of downtown in its own park. See their website for further information.
Lando Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that showcases the works of a variety of artists who dish out different styles of art. The gallery has regular auctions through Lando Art Auctions that are known to deal superior Canadian and other forms of art. They also provide corporate gifts by order. Besides, art exhibitions and art events galore at the venue.
The Douglas Udell Gallery has three locations in Western Canada and represents over 70 Canadian and international artists. This is a gallery of quality work - eight of the artists the gallery represents are recipients of the prestigious Order of Canada. Names such as Alex Colville, Mary Pratt, and Christopher Pratt are synonymous with great Canadian art. Come and see some amazing nature-inspired pieces by diptych painter Nathan Birch, or quirky clothing sculptures by metal artist Beverly Petow. Sculptor Joe Fafard creates cows, horses, and wolves. This gallery provides leasing, appraisal, and installation services. Shipping locally and internationally is also available.
The Bearclaw Gallery is located to the west of Edmonton's downtown district. If you are interested in Aboriginal art, you may want to spend some time there. There is a wide range of paintings by leading Aboriginal painters such as Daphne Odjig, Norval Morriseau, George Littlechild, Dale Auger, Maxine Noel and Jane Ash Poitras. In addition, find jewelry, sculptures, prints, and traditional crafts; some of the Inuit carvings are particularly impressive. Admission is free; souvenirs, in the form of paintings or sculptures, are certainly not.
At the University of Alberta's Department of Human Ecology, not only will you find a fascinating collection of European costumes dating from 1760 to 1980, but also a selection of exhibits from Africa and the Far East. The Clothing & Textiles Collection is one of the most interesting things to be viewed. This museum also operates a textile consultant service, offering a full range of conservation services for family textile heirlooms. Ongoing research, cleaning, mounting, storage, and fiber identification are all part of the department's activities.
The Soil Monoliths Collection at the University of Alberta is a rare one of its kind. Collected over a period of over 60 years, the University of Alberta has samples of soil from throughout Canada. There is also a small collection from the Far East. Whether you are a serious researcher or simply have a passion for the field, this is a fabulous resource of raw material, documents and maps. Visits must be made by prior appointment. The museum's main activities are teaching and extension work. Admission for public is through appointments only.
The Geology department of the University of Alberta began this collection in 1920. The famous dinosaur hunter, George Sternberg, collected most of the fossils. Fossils of reptiles, fish, birds and animals can all be seen on display. In all, more than 50,000 specimens have been recorded. Aside from its museum duties, Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology prepares specimens and carries out ongoing research. This is a must see if you have even slight interest in archeology, fossils and paleontology.
Museum of Zoology, located in the Bio Science Building at the University of Alberta is mainly used as a teaching resource for students and researchers, and as a loan facility to other museums and universities. There are over 30,000 specimens stored, a computer room, and a reference library. Birds and mammals are located on the second floor, which is also home to the reference library. Fish, reptiles and amphibians are on the third floor; the ground floor is the preparation centre. Admission is free. Call ahead or visit the website to know more.
The Cryptogamic Herbarium is a part of the Biological Sciences Department of the University of Alberta. Cryptogamic plants are the mosses, fungi, liverworts and lichens that we see around us everyday, but often fail to notice. About 200,000 different specimens of this fascinating plant life are on display here. Research into this group of plants, which are particularly sensitive to environmental changes, has taken on a new importance in an age of rapid ecological damage. Apart from viewing the plants, specimens are available for loan to researchers.