Glenbow's Library and Archive reading room is now closed. Glenbow's Library and Archive material relating to the history of western Canada has moved to the Glenbow Western Research Centre at the Taylor Family Digital Library at the University of Calgary. Inquiries relating to accessing Library and Archives material may be directed to

Collections & Research

Glenbow Museum's extensive collection of art, artifacts, archival materials, and published works document the history and culture of Western Canada. It also includes a diverse range of international art and artifacts. Find out more about our collections by viewing highlights from the collection areas below or by searching our collection databases.

Glenbow's collection began with the remarkable vision of our founder, Eric Lafferty Harvie. Find out more about his contributions and our history.

Museum Collection

The museum collection includes artifacts that tell the fascinating story of Aboriginal people, frontier exploration, and the development of western life. Objects from cultures around the world, and a collection of gems and minerals are also part of this diverse collection.

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Art Collection

The art collection focuses primarily on northwestern North America. It features works in all media from the 19th century to the present. Its strengths are prints and drawings, Western art, 19th century railway artists, Arctic art, abstraction and extensive individual collections of many important artists from Western Canada.

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Archives Collection

The Archives has extensive holdings of unpublished documents and photographs related to the history of Western Canada.

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Library Collection

Glenbow's Library documents the history of Western Canada, and includes books, pamphlets, journals, and maps relating to the history of southern Alberta.

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Search the Collections

If you already know which area of the collections you would like to search, select the database from the drop-down menu below. To find out which areas of the collection are searchable online and how to search the collections, click here.

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Calgary, AB T2G 0P3

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Friday: 9am - 8pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm


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