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Arts & Museums
Some of Edmonton's early settlers hailed from the Ukraine and many of their descendants remain in the city today. The Ukrainian Canadian Archives & Museum of Alberta contains artifacts, documents, and books that tell the rich stories of Ukrainian life in Alberta. It often hosts exhibitions of local Ukrainian artists, displaying paintings and crafts unique to the Ukranian culture. Who knows what you may discover? Admission is free, but donations are always gratefully received. Call for more information.
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.
If you are interested in Alberta's history, or are a serious historical researcher, or are just researching your own family tree, Provincial Archives of Alberta is the place to visit. Thousands of meters of government records, 400,000 photographs, maps, sound recordings, videos, audiovisual collections, and more are archived here. There are records which date back to as early as the 18th century. Copies of certificates can be obtained. T-shirts and other novelties are available in the gift shop. Admission is free. Visit website for more details.
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.
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.
Planet Ze Design Center is a place that redefines creativity and art expression. This center covers all aspects of arts, right from art display to renting out space for film productions. The art gallery has an amazing collection of painting, murals, contemporary furniture and unique jewelery. It offers services like interior-designing and designing customized furniture pieces. The center also conducts workshops on photography, designing, modeling and acting. Spread across a vast area of 7000 square feet, it can be rented for video, photography shoots and similar activities. For complete details on the services offered, check the website or call ahead.
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.
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.
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.
Edmonton Radial Railway Society's Street Car Museum is one of the most delightful places to visit Edmonton. It's astonishing to note the evolution of cars over the ages and this museum, that has restored age-old street cars, provides glimpses of that evolution. It is possible to book the cars for after-hours private charters, which are ideal for corporate entertainment. The car barn, where you can see other street cars in the process of being restored. The museum is open to visitors every Saturday from May to October. Visit website.
During July and August you can travel back in time to see what Old Strathcona's railway station was really like. The museum is home to a working telegraph service, which was the main method of communication in the early days. This is a free attraction and frequent guided tours are available. However, donations are gratefully accepted. It can also be visited by appointment in the winter.