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Explore our collection – in 3D!

Sometimes, a diorama is so realistic, you feel like you can climb right inside the scene. And now, you can - digitally!

Our Collections staff are working on creating digital, 3D models of dioramas and objects from the collection, and sharing them on Sketchfab. Whether for reference, education, or just for fun, you can now explore the Fletcher Site diorama and Fish Camp dioramas from our old Glenora galleries. Or, get up close and personal with a Sabre-tooth skull, if you dare. Zoom in, click around, and go inside the models here!

Keep an eye out for more digitized objects from our collection in the future!

photo of a poppy
Hubert Combe’s poppy

A poppy is to remember / Hubert Combe's poppy, 1921.

photo of gas mask
PH (phenate hexamine) anti-gas helmet

This gas mask belonged to Private Art Hosford of Edmonton, Alberta.

photo of cribbage board
Cribbage Board

A grandfather's game / Cribbage board made from wood from Ypres Cathedral.

photo of paper wasp nest
Paper Wasp Nest

Paper wasps (Polistes fuscatus) build their hives by gathering plant matter and dead wood fibres which they mix with their salvia.

photo of waterbug
Giant Water Bug

Reaching lengths of up to 60 mm, the giant water bug (Lethocerus americanus) is the largest aquatic insect in Alberta.

photo of Freckle Pelt Lichen
Freckle Pelt Lichen

Frog? Nope - Lichen! Freckle Pelt (Peltigera aphthosa) is a common leafy lichen in the forests of Alberta.

Photo of a root pipe
Root Pipe

A civilian internee at Kananaskis Internment Camp No. 130 made this pipe during the Second World War.

Photo of a cougar skull
Cougar Skull

Cougar (Puma concolor) distribution is the largest of any western hemisphere mammal.

Photo of a Boreal Owl
Boreal Owl

Boreal owls (Aegolius funereus) are found in coniferous forests in the mountains and boreal forest across the northern hemisphere.

Photo of a Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl

It is a relatively common denizen of forested areas in the province, but is rarely seen because of its nocturnal habits.

Photo of a Wolf Willow seed
Wolf Willow Seed

This specimen is the striped seed of the wolf-willow (silverberry; Elaeagnus commutata) and is approximately 11 mm long including the stem.

Photo of a Meteorite cast
Meteorite Cast

The Mayerthorpe Meteorite was discovered in 1964 by M. Dmitroca while cultivating a field near Mayerthorpe, Alberta.

Photo of a Wolf-Willow fruit
Wolf-Willow Fruit

This specimen is the silver fruit of the wolf-willow (silverberry; Elaeagnus commutata).

Photo of a Toy Dog
Toy Dog

This little toy dog dates to c. 1950s-1960s. It is made of vinyl, short for polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

Photo of a Pad Saddle
Pad Saddle

Pad saddles are usually reserved for men, used when hunting or riding in a dress parade.

Photo of a Birch Basket
Birch Basket

This small berry basket is made from birch bark with seams perfectly stitched with spruce root.

Photo of Moccasins
High top moccasins

High top moccasins, Sarah Whitecalf, nêhiyawak, circa 1950.

Photo of a Blackfoot dress
Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) dress

This Niitsitapi woman’s dress is made from a purple woven woolen cloth and is completely hand-stitched.

Photo of a conch
Conch Shell

This large shell is likely from the marine snail the Queen Conch, which is currently distributed along the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and nearby coastal waters.

Photo of a dress
Solomon Creek Tree Cookie

This spruce tree cookie is dated at about 4,300 years old.

Photo of a dress
Fort Edmonton Wedding Dress

This dress is the oldest European-style dress known to have been worn in Alberta in the Museum’s collection.

Photo of a blue dress
Blue Dress

This dress is made of an electric blue silk, sewn on a sewing machine, and trimmed with white silk fringe and velvet ribbon.

Photo of a Millennium Falcon toy
Millennium Falcon

Kenner's Millennium Falcon is docked in our collection.

Piece of beaver-gnawed wood
Beaver-gnawed wood

This beaver-gnawed wood was revered from a dugout near Grande Prairie, Alberta, and is about 9,200 years old.


This cluster of fluorite crystals comes from the Lavrion Mining District in Greece.

Sabre-tooth Tiger skull
Sabre-tooth Skull

This replica Smilodon fatalis skull can be seen in our Natural History Gallery at Royal Alberta Museum.

fish camp diorama
Fish Camp diorama

This Fish Camp diorama was part of the Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture at the former Glenora location.

Fletcher Camp
Fletcher Site diorama

This diorama was part of the Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture at the former Glenora location.

Mammoth Tooth
Mammoth tooth

This mammoth tooth is over 45,000 years old.

Calcite Sand Crystals
Calcite sand crystals

This cluster of calcite crystals are also known as "sand crystals" because of the abundant sand grains that are found within these formations.

Camel footprint
Camel footprint

This Ice Age camel track was recovered from a site in southern Alberta.