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About the Museum



Sharing Alberta's remarkable stories

The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) is the largest museum in western Canada and one of the top museums in Canada. We opened the doors to our brand new location in downtown Edmonton on October 3, 2018. Located in the Arts District in downtown Edmonton, we collect, preserve, research, interpret, and exhibit objects and specimens related to the heritage of Alberta's people and natural environment. The museum's expansive permanent galleries feature engaging exhibits complemented by internationally touring features.

Our museum is more than just a thoughtful, beautifully designed space; it's an authentic reflection of where Alberta is today and will be in the decades to come. It represents the new energy of Alberta, the diversity of our culture and tells our story with a new boldness and confidence. It's a place where you'll find 5.1 million uniquely Albertan stories just waiting to be told. 

Over 5.1 million stories to be told

Our wide-ranging collecting and research activities support exhibitions, outreach, and learning programs. Currently, we have the following curatorial programs: Daily Life and Leisure, Indigenous Engagement, Labour and Industry, Military and Government History, Archaeology, Ornithology, Non-Avian Vertebrates, Invertebrate Zoology, Botany, Geology, Quaternary Palaeontology, and Quaternary Environments. These are supported by conservation and collections management programs. 

We're making and remaking history of our own

We first opened to the public on December 6, 1967, and soon became an important destination for Albertans. In 2005, we were renamed the Royal Alberta Museum in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, who visited Alberta that spring. In 2018, we moved into our new 419,000 square foot facility in downtown Edmonton.


To foster wonder, inquiry and new understandings about Alberta and its place in the world.


To share Alberta's remarkable stories in meaningful ways.