Photo of the west entrance to Royal Alberta Museum

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. 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.

Over 5.1 Million stories to be told

Our wide-ranging collecting and research activities support exhibitions, outreach and learning programs. Currently, we have 13 curatorial programs: western Canadian history, indigenous studies, cultural communities, military and political history, archaeology, ornithology, mammalogy, ichthyology, invertebrate zoology, botany, geology, Quaternary palaeontology, and Quaternary environments. These are supported by conservation and collections management programs. We are also home to the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute's processing centre.

We're making and remaking history of our own

We first opened to the public on December 7, 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.