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Arts & Museums
Not too far away from Alberta's current legislature building is the original one, now housing Edmonton's Public Schools Records from 1884. You will find old textbooks, report cards, photographs, yearbooks, trophies, restored classrooms, and many other items of interest at the Archives & Museum. See old school uniforms, sports jerseys, and old schoolhouse furniture. Researchers and people with any interest in education history will find a visit here fascinating. There is free on site parking. The museum also runs educational programs for schoolchildren.
Latitude 53 is run by artists for artists and has strong links with the local gay community. Its prime function is to bring local contemporary artists to the fore while providing a Mecca for the exchange of ideas. Many fine works are on display as well as art-related publications. Regular features include experimental art, videos, photography, visiting artists, lectures, and presentations. This interesting gallery is certainly worth a visit.
The Harcourt House Arts Centre is a public gallery and a centre that is managed by the artists. Established with the mission to promote contemporary visual art, this center helps artists to display their work. For more details, check website.
The Art Gallery of Alberta contains over 5,000 pieces by artists from Canada and around the world. Pieces being displayed in the main collection are regularly rotated. Temporary exhibitions also regularly visit this museum and feature such varied mediums as photography and sculpture.
Explore the homes of John Walter, one of Edmonton's early settlers and industrialists. The John Walter Museum is open to the public on Sunday afternoons. School programs, workshops, birthday parties and other such activities are regular features during the week. One of the houses contains a history of John Walter in pictorial form; the other two are furnished and decorated as per the period. Admission is free. Call for more information.
One of Alberta's most famous galleries, Rowles and Company Ltd is a company dedicated to arts and artwork, they are consultants and art collectors. Display at their Edmonton Gallery includes glass work, sculptures, fabric painting, oil paintings by artists such as Susan Lynes, Ken Li, Darren Petersen, Jim Norton to name a few. Home decor items like pots, vases, fancy side tables and sculptures are also a part of their merchandise. They have regular exhibitions at the gallery catering to both corporate and local customers. Be sure to take an appointment on weekends.
The telephone is an instrument that is taken for granted today, but 100 years ago it was cutting edge technology. This museum's collection of telephones dates back to 1885; it is the only one of its kind in Canada. In fact, if you need spare parts or repairs for your antique telephone, you may find what you need here. School and children's programs are regular features, and emphasize a hands-on approach.
The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, together with other army units that find their roots in Alberta, is commemorated in this interesting military museum. There are medals, weapons, authentic documents, personal items and artifacts on display, which represent the pride and history of the rich Edmonton military history. There is no admission fee, but donations are gratefully accepted. The museum will consider loaning artifacts upon request for other community displays. Call ahead or check website to know more.
As well as housing current and past government records, this center holds a large collection of historical photographs, a variety of manuscripts, and documents donated by organizations that have contributed to the social history of the city. You may wish to visit for research purposes or just to obtain a better perspective of Edmonton's past.
The University of Alberta's WG Hardy Classics Museum sports an expansive and fascinating collection of artifacts from the ancient world including Rome, Greece, Egypt, and the Near East. Collections of glassware, coins, fine ceramics and jewelry are on display. If classic, ancient artifacts are your field of interest, or if you are just a curious history buff, a trip to this museum is well worth the effort.
The Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada Arts and Crafts Museum has a varied collection of costumes, embroidery, woodcarving, and ceramics, folk art and artifacts depicting the rich Ukrainian cultural history. Museum activities include educational classes in Easter egg painting, embroidery, and baking. School tours are a popular feature. Researchers will find the expansive folk art library easily accessible and useful. Admission is free.
The University of Alberta's Anthropology Collection is not normally available to the public. The university's collection of new and old world anthropology documents and artifacts may be viewed by appointment only. The artifacts and documents on display are often used as a resource for teachers and researchers. There are pottery and stone items from North and South America, a collection from France and Belgium, and various stone tools. Admission is free.