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Online Exhibits

Alberta Communities: Then & Now

created in 2005

Alberta Communities: Then & Now is a virtual exhibit developed to give a lasting presence to a collection of important stories and photographs from Alberta community museums. These stories were first collected and showcased as a part of the 2005 Alberta Centennial Celebrations in an exhibition at the Royal Alberta Museum and a special edition of Alberta Museums REVIEW that was distributed free to museums, archives and libraries in Alberta and Saskatchewan and to visitors to the Royal Alberta Museum. The virtual exhibit is available in English and French. Note: The large images in this exhibit appear in a pop-up window. If you have your browser configured to block pop-ups, you will not be able to view these images.

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Arpillera: The Cloth of Resistance

created in 2011

At first glance, these textiles look like joyful representations of life in Chile. The colourful fabrics and embroidery suggest holiday souvenirs. However, if you look closely, these images are evidence of a much darker side of Chilean life. Arpilleras were made by women whose family members had disappeared under the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, which lasted from 1973 until 1990. The embroideries gave women a voice and brought the world's attention to their suffering under the brutal Pinochet regime.

These arpilleras were first exhibited at the Royal Alberta Museum (at that time the Provincial Museum of Alberta) in 1988, the same year that Pinochet was forced to allow democratic elections in Chile. The arpilleras were later purchased by the Friends of the Provincial Museum of Alberta and donated to the Museum. This web exhibit was created in cooperation with members of the Edmonton Chilean community who had lived under the Pinochet regime.

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Chop Suey on the Prairies

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Eggs - A Virtual Exhibition

created in 2006

Eggs - A Virtual Exhibition is the closest you may ever get to seeing wild bird eggs without disturbing birds at the nest. This virtual exhibit showcases eggs of the world with a special emphasis on the eggs of Alberta. The Royal Alberta Museum hosts one of the most extensive egg collections in North America. We have an on-line field guide with over 300 egg images as well as information on egg biology and a touch of egg trivia. The exhibit is available in English and some components are available in French. This exhibit is featured by the Virtual Museum of Canada.

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Empress of Ireland: Lost Ship, Recovered Voyages

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Finding Our Way Home

created in 2002

Once an integral part of the western Canadian landscape, the traditional wood grain elevator has all but disappeared. In 1934, Alberta boasted more than 1,700 grain elevators; as of March 2002 there were only 161 of these industrial buildings left and more demolitions slated as rail and grain companies continue to consolidate their holdings. The grain elevator's disappearance from the landscape signifies the dramatic changes that are taking place in Alberta's grain industry and family farm operations.

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Genghis Khan: Treasures of Inner Mongolia

created in 1998

In 1997, the Royal Alberta Museum was the last stop on a world tour of an exhibition that featured archaeological treasures from one of the greatest empires in history.

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Master Guide to the Warblers of Canada

created in 2001

This presentation uses specimens of the warbler family (Parulidae) in a new and innovative way. Museum collections offer the chance to get close to birds in order to look at the finer details of plumage and size not only for professional biologists but also for bird banders, carvers, and bird enthusiasts.

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Piece By Piece: The GWG Story

created in 2010

The Great West Garment Company (GWG) was established in Edmonton in 1911 and by World War II GWG was the largest workwear manufacturing company in Canada. Visit this dynamic website to see and hear the stories of the workers and changing denim fashion through text, videos, artifact images and vintage advertising material.

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Rise of the Black Dragon: Cultural Treasures from China

created in 1999

Through artifacts and video footage of recent archaeological investigations, Rise of the Black Dragon: Cultural Treasures from China (October 9 1999 - January 9 2000) traced the history of northeastern China and its people over 6,000 years. The central piece of the exhibition was a reconstruction of the interment ceremony of a high-ranking Jin Dynasty noble, discovered in 1988. The exhibition featured 187 artifacts from Heilongjiang Province, China, which had never been viewed outside Asia. Get a glimpse of these artifacts through this virtual exhibit.

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Stories from the Southesk Collection: A 150-Year Journey

In June 1859, the 9th Earl of Southesk headed out from Red River on a hunting expedition. Over the next seven months, he and his Métis guides travelled more than 4,000 kilometres across the northern plains to the Rocky Mountains and back. Along the way, Southesk acquired objects made by First Nations and Métis people. Returning with him to Scotland, the collection became part of the family estate. Then, in 2006, it came up for auction. Assisted by a Moveable Cultural Property grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Royal Alberta Museum purchased 33 of the 43 objects sold.

Stories from the Southesk Collection showcases this significant collection. It also explores the stories of people associated with the expedition and with the objects that the earl collected. We invite you to meet these people–Anishnaabe, Blackfoot, Cree, Métis, Nakoda–and enjoy the remarkable legacy that they created.

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The Poster War: Allied Propaganda Art of The First World War

The Poster War exhibit contains forty-six posters selected from the collection of the late Theodore Elizabeth Wright Macgillivray. These posters represent some of the work of Allied poster artists and the best work of their Canadian counterparts during the First World War. The exhibit is available in English and French.

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