Royal Alberta Museum
visitors since 1967

Official opening of the Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta

December 6, 1967 - December 6, 1967

The Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta was officially opened by the Honourable Judy LaMarsh, Secretary of State, and the Honourable Ernest C. Manning, Premier of Alberta. The Honourable Dr. J. W. Grant MacEwan, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, was among the dignitaries attending the ceremony.

On the Museum's opening day, visitors were able to explore three main floor galleries: Fur Trade, Native Peoples of Alberta, and a display of early photographs of Aboriginal people taken by Ernest Brown and Harry Pollard. Eleven mammals were mounted in the habitat section and several scale models of future dioramas had been prepared. Second-floor galleries focused on Settlement and Agriculture, Pioneer Life, and Industry and Commerce.

Minerals Magnified

January 1, 1968 - December 31, 1968

A travelling exhibition featured at the Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta.

Bridges, Tunnels, and Waterworks: Civil Engineering in the Graphic Arts

January 1, 1968 - December 31, 1968

This exhibition was circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service.

Exhibition catalogue or related publication:
Anon. (1968) Bridges, Tunnels, and Waterworks: Civil Engineering in the Graphic Arts. Exhibition Catalogue No. 1. Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. 14 pp.

Ukrainian Folk Art and Handicrafts

January 1, 1968 - December 31, 1968

A travelling exhibition featured at the Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta.

Famous Albertans

January 1, 1968 - December 31, 1968

A travelling exhibition featured at the Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta.

The Age of the Dinosaurs in Alberta

January 1, 1968 - January 1, 1968

New component added to the Natural History Gallery.

Adaptations for Survival

January 1, 1968 - January 1, 1968

New component added to the Natural History Gallery.

Vehicles of Alberta's Past

January 1, 1968 - January 1, 1968

New component added to the Human History Gallery.

Uniforms of RCMP Superintendant H. C. Forbes

November 1, 1968 - November 1, 1968

A new addition to the Human History Gallery featured some of the recently-donated uniforms and equipment of Superintendant H. C. Forbes, a long-serving officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The donation included RCMP regulation sword, Sam Browne belt, scarlet serge tunics for formal dress occasions, blue serge tunics, brown serge tunics, and badges of various ranks in the force. Superintendant Forbes joined the RCMP in 1933 and, apart from an interval of war service, served until the late 1960s, retiring as Commanding Officer of the Edmonton Subdivision.

Early Building in Saskatchewan

November 1, 1968 - December 1, 1968

The exhibition included 54 photographs showing the use of various construction materials, such as logs, wood framing, metal siding, fieldstone, and brick. The images featured a variety of structures ranging from a log cabin to a town house, a grain elevator to an Ontario-style barn, from a town hall to a church. Although the images were of buildings in Saskatchewan, similar structures can be found throughout the prairie west.
The exhibition was circulated by the Norman Mckenzie Art Gallery of Regina. The photographs were taken by Olive Roberts and Terry Fenton. Exhibition was held in Feature Gallery No. 2.

Latvian Handicrafts and Art

November 1, 1968 - December 30, 1968

This exhibition featured Latvian folk costumes, handicrafts, and paintings, loaned to the Museum by the Latvian Association of Alberta, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Latvia as a sovereign state (November 18 1918). Exhibition was held in Feature Gallery No. 1.

R. R. Gonsett, Inventor

November 1, 1968 - November 1, 1968

A display of artifacts from the R. R. Gonsett collection, comprising patent models, archival material, and working models, was added to the Human History Gallery. The display included a 1912 telephone answering machine, electric scissors invented in 1929, a 1933 shaving soap dispenser, an aircraft computer for measuring the weight and balance of an aircraft in flight, a battery-operated neon flasher for marking airport runways, several waterproof switches, and numerous other electronic devices. Roman Gonsett came to Canada from western Ukraine in 1907 and settled in Edmonton. In 1916 he moved to California. In his lifetime, he secured registrations of nearly 100 patents in his own name.

Information Bulletin No. 1

November 6, 1968 - November 6, 1968

Publication of the first issue of an Information Bulletin produced by the Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta. The Bulletin was produced on a weekly or fortnightly basis until 1972.

Toys of Yesteryear

December 1, 1968 - January 20, 1969

The exhibition featured a Christmas tree surrounded by toys of bygone days, ranging from an 1854 rocking horse to a Shirley Temple doll of the 1930s. Photographs of an early Edmonton Christmas and early Christmas cards were also on display.
Exhibition was held in Feature Gallery No. 2.

Toys of Yesteryear

December 1, 1968 - January 20, 1969

The exhibition featured a Christmas tree surrounded by toys of bygone days, ranging from an 1854 rocking horse to a Shirley Temple doll of the 1930s. Photographs of an early Edmonton Christmas and early Christmas cards were also on display.
Exhibition was held in Feature Gallery No. 2.

First Anniversary of the Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta

December 6, 1968 - December 6, 1968

In its first year of operation, more than 314,000 people visited the Museum. In the first year, additions to the Natural History Gallery included displays on "The Age of the Dinosaurs in Alberta" and "Adaptations for Survival". Additions to the Human History Gallery included displays on "R. R. Gonsett, Inventor" and "Vehicles of Alberta's Past". Six travelling exhibitions from other museums were also featured at the Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta.

Bird Portraits by Ralph Carlson

January 1, 1969 - January 1, 1969

A series of six large (14" x 16") colour prints, showing bird studies by museum staff artist Ralph D. Carlson, was issued by the Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta. These studies depicted some of Alberta's native birds. Rather than choosing species familiar to everyone, Carlson chose six birds that are less commonly seen, comprising the Piping Plover, Red-headed Woodpecker, Lewis' Woodpecker, Bullock's Oriole, Lazuli Bunting, and Indigo Bunting.

An Artist's View of Nature: Carl Rungius

January 1, 1969 - January 1, 1969

An outstanding display of wildlife art by artist Carl Rungius depicting animal life in Alberta's Rocky Mountains. These paintings were on display in the Natural History Gallery.
The paintings were loaned by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary.

Winter Birds

January 1, 1969 - January 31, 1969

A display in the Natural History Gallery that used seventeen species to illustrate the diversity of bird life to be found in Alberta in the winter. These included Blue Jay, Pine Grosbeak, Snowy Owl, Chickadees, and Bohemian Waxwings. The exhibit was designed to help people identify birds that may be found at backyard feeding stations or when travelling about the province.

Soldiers of Western Canada

January 15, 1969 - March 15, 1969

This exhibition, using uniforms, medals, photographs, and weapons of the North-West Mounted Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and western Canadian military units, presented a picture of the military both on parade and at work. The full dress glamour of the soldier on parade was balanced by showing the soldier at work in the trenches during the First World War. Several Army units that had been raised in Alberta and western Canada were also represented, including the 19th Alberta Dragoons, the 95th Saskatchewan Rifles, the 101st Edmonton Fusiliers, the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, and the 49th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Medals from the War of 1812, the North-West Rebellion of 1885, the Boer War, and the First World War were also on display.
Exhibition was held in Feature Gallery No. 1.

The Buffalo

January 17, 1969 - February 16, 1969

Through a series of colour prints, etchings and engravings, the exhibition illustrated how some early artists thought the buffalo looked.
This travelling exhibit was circulated by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute. The exhibition was held in Feaure Gallery No. 2.

Australia, the Sunburnt Country

February 21, 1969 - March 16, 1969

A fascinating series of colour and black-and-white photographs provided a glimpse of the unique wildlife, vegetation, and scenic beauty of that continent. The pictures, taken by photographer Robert Goodman, captured the hostile and unyielding environment as well as the indescribable beauty of Australia. The images portrayed the growth of Australia from a British penal colony to a modern self-sufficient nation. The technical, scientific, and industrial sides of the country were shown, as well as images reflecting the emerging cultural richness in the arts and sports.
The exhibition was produced by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service.

Fur Trade Gallery

March 1, 1969 - March 1, 1969

New displays in this long-term gallery helped tell the story of human occupation in Alberta. New exhibits included archaeological materials, such as stone tools and projectile points, some dating from 10,000 years ago, and photographs showing different types of archaeological sites in Alberta. The story of the Fur Trade was examined through pictures of men involved in the fur trade companies and brigades. Trade goods on display included glass beads, rifles, and copper cooking utensils.

McClintock Cache Discovery

March 1, 1969 - April 30, 1969

Sir John Franklin is perhaps the most famous of northern explorers who searched for the Northwest Passage. He had completed three successful expeditions to the Arctic when he set out in 1845 on his fourth. His disappearance on this journey resulted in the mounting of about forty search expeditions. Sir Francis Leopold McClintock was involved in four of these missions. In 1852, McClintock, commanding the Resolute, established a base at Melville Island and spent the winter of 1852-1853 unsuccessfully searching the area. Several caches were left on the island to be used in case of emergency. One of these, a two wheeled cart, loaded with food and supplies, was left near Nias Point and abandoned when the party returned to Britain. In 1968, the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, with the assistance of several oil companies, recovered the remains of this cache. The contents include soup and food containers, clothing, tools, and part of a sled.


April 1, 1969 - April 1, 1969

This feature display in the Natural History Gallery featured igneous rocks from the Crowsnest Pass area of Alberta, as well as many other rock types of volcanic origin. Although Alberta has no recent volcanoes, geological studies have revealed volcanic rock products in many areas of the province.

Cattle Egret

April 1, 1969 - April 1, 1969

A new specimen added to the Natural History Gallery. Until recently the Cattle Egret was exclusively an Old World species. About 1930, some of these birds found their way to Brazil. Since then, they have spread to North America and in 1962 they nested for the first time in Ontario. This specimen was the first recorded Cattle Egret for Alberta. It was found near Lethbridge in November 1964 and was donated to the Museum.

The Thrush Family

April 1, 1969 - April 1, 1969

A new display added to the Natural History Gallery. The display included the Mountain Bluebird, the Hermit Thrush, the Varied Thrush, the Swainson's Thrush, the Townsend's Solitaire, and, of course, the Robin. These songbirds are often among the earliest spring arrivals to the province.

Domestic Artifacts of Utility - 1900

May 1, 1969 - May 1, 1969

A new display added to the Human History Gallery. The display recreated the atmosphere of a turn of the century home, focussing on two rooms, the kitchen and the parlour, complete with furniture and household items.

Forts, Towns and Buildings of the West

May 2, 1969 - June 1, 1969

In the settlement of western Canada many types of structures were erected to serve as living and working quarters. These buildings were constructed from many different materials, including sod, logs, stone, and lumber. Some of these early structures, as well as more contemporary buildings, were featured in artworks by artists including Frederic Remington, Reginald Harvey, and Robert Campbell. Artworks included engravings, watercolours, and oils. This exhibition provided insight into the development of architectural forms that are so much a part of the western Canadian scene.
This exhibition was prepared by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary. It was shown in Feature Gallery No. 2.

Discovering Nature in Colour

May 24, 1969 - June 22, 1969


Human History Gallery additions

June 1, 1969 - June 1, 1969

Several new displays were added to the Human History Gallery. These focussed on the history of Aboriginal people, and included a display of Blackfoot clothing.

Human History Gallery additions

July 1, 1969 - July 1, 1969

Several new displays were added to the Human History Gallery. These included cable tool drilling equipment used in the 1930s formed part of a component on Trades, Industry, and Commerce. In the Transportation section, a 1911 Overland, an antique car, was featured. A La Crosse Highlift Sulky Plow, a horse-drawn plow from the early 20th century, was included in the Agriculture and Settlement section.

Flowers of Alberta

July 4, 1969 - July 27, 1969

Paintings by Annora Brown portraying wild flowers of Alberta, especially rarer flowers from the foothills and mountains. Annora Brown grew up in southern Alberta and developed a strong interest in the land. She taught art in colleges and universities and beginning in 1930 carried out fieldwork for her paintings.
This exhibition was prepared by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary. It was shown in Feature Gallery No. 1.

Pronghorn Diorama

July 9, 1969 - July 9, 1969

The Pronghorn habitat group was a new addition to the natural history displays and was the first component in the new Habitat Gallery. Two pronghorns were shown in their typical habitat, an open prairie on the Pinhorn Grazing Reserve in southeastern Alberta. The background painting was done by Ralph Carson and shows the Sweetgrass Hills, the Milk River Valley, and open plains. The diorama also included other typical prairie animals, such as the Plains Garter Snake and the Horned Lark. Plant material in the foreground of the diorama was prepared by artist Ludo Bogaert and included typical flowers of this September scene. This was the first of a planned sixteen dioramas depicting various regions of the province.

Ukrainian Arts and Handicrafts

July 30, 1969 - August 1, 1969

This exhibition included costumed dolls, mannequins, and embroidery showing many of the fine original stitches used in fancy needlework. Also included were ceramics and inlaid woodwork, wall hangings, and decorated Easter eggs.
The artifacts were loaned by the provincial executive of the Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada. The exhibition was held in Feature Gallery No. 1.

Duck-Billed Dinosaur

September 1, 1969 - September 1, 1969

The skeleton of a Lambeosaurus, a duck-billed dinosaur dating to the Late Cretaceous (approximately 80 million years ago) was the latest addition to the Dinosaur Gallery. This specimen was collected for the National Museum of Canada, Ottawa, by Dr C. M. Sternberg in 1937. It was found not far from Manyberries in the far southeast of Alberta. The specimen was prepared for display by museum preparator John Poikans.

Animal Behaviour

September 13, 1969 - October 5, 1969

An exhibition based on the book Animal Behaviour by Niko Tinbergen and the editors of Nature Life Library. More than 50 photographs in colour and black-and-white were augmented by comprehensive text panels. The exhibition highlighted questions that confront scientists in their attempts to observe and classify the way animals behave and understand the causes of their behaviour. Nine prominent scientists were featured: Konrad Lorenz, Karl von Frisch, Theodore C. Schneirla, Donald Griffin, B. Frederic Skinner, Daniel S. Lehrman, Robert R. Hinde, Harry F. Harlow, and Eugenie Clark.
This exhibition was produced by the Smithsonian Travelling Exhibition Service. It was shown in Feature Gallery No. 2.

Birds That Need Your Protection

September 15, 1969 - November 30, 1969

Emphasizing wildlife conservation, this exhibition of specimens from the Museum's collections, timed to coincide with hunting season, featured "white birds", including a specimen of the very rare Whooping Crane, as well as a White Pelican, Whistling Swan, Snow Goose, and Ross' Goose. Each species was accompanied by text describing its habitat, identification marks, and conservation needs. The hunting season takes a heavy toll on many game birds in need of protection. This exhibit was designed to help reduce this toll by helping hunters properly identify birds that need protection.

Carvings of Sanchi

September 16, 1969 - September 7, 1969

The Buddhist temples and monasteries of Sanchi are one of India's most magnificent monuments. This collection of extensive and detailed colour and black-and-white photographs caught all the beauty of the ancient sacred hillside south of Delhi.
This exhibition was circulated by the Smithsonian Institution. It was held in Feature Gallery No. 2.

Gallery of Canadian History

October 1, 1969 - October 1, 1969

Forty prints taken from commissioned oil paintings which presented a view of history cover 450 years, and depicted significant events in the annals of each province, territory, and of the country as a whole. The scenes included early forts such as Fort York and Fort Edmonton, and pictures of explorers such Henry Kelsey, John Cabot, and James Cook. The events of Canadian Confederation were shown in paintings entitled "Prelude to Confederation", "The Fathers of Confederation", and "The London Conference". There were scenes of the Klondike Trail, the Diamond Jubilee, and Canada's first shipyard and railway. The exhibition included work by artists J. D. Kelly, Rex Woods, B. B. Goodridge, Bruce Stapleton, Thomas Mitchell, Don Anderson, and Vernon Mould. The prints were shown in the Café Corridor, leading from the Lobby to the Archives.
These reproductions were donated by Confederation Life Association. Twenty of the prints were from a portfolio commissioned in 1927 for Canada's Diamond Jubilee. Confederation Life had commissioned an additional painting each year since then.

Range Life

October 3, 1969 - November 2, 1969

Sketches and paintings provided a glimpse of an important segment of history - the saga of the cowboy, his horse, and the cattle he herded. Ranching was the first industry to develop in Alberta, forming the foundation of much of the economic and social structure of southern areas. The early ranch operations were large, with drives encompassing Montana and Alberta, with thousands of head of cattle. Differing greatly from the homesteader who gained his quarter section by working it, the ranchers were financed by capital from eastern Canada and worked off vast tracts of land. Ranching involved many difficult jobs, so large crews were common, as opposed to the one-man homesteader's operation.
This exhibition was prepared by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary.

A Historical Perspective on Pollution

October 9, 1969 - January 6, 1970

Large panels showed giant reproductions of 19th century prints, which aptly illustrated the problems of early industrial and urban growth. Images were captioned with quotes by famous personalities from history.
This exhibition was produced by the Canadian Government Exhibition Commission and was loaned by the Canadian Council of Resource Ministers. It was shown in Feature Gallery No. 2

Eskimo Prints

November 28, 1969 - December 28, 1969


Medalta Pottery

December 1, 1969 - December 1, 1969

A display of artifacts from Med-Alta Potteries Ltd provided a new addition to the Human History Gallery. It included products such as bowls, jars, pitchers, and pots. Med-Alta pottery began to be manufactured in 1922 and continued until the plant closed in 1965. Staff members from the Human History section were at the former Med-Alta Potteries site in the summer of 1969 and secured a large amount of information and material related to this important industry.

Moose Habitat Group

January 1, 1970 - January 1, 1970

The second in a projected series of sixteen habitat groups featured Moose in the Swan Hills of northcentral Alberta. The background painting was by Ralph Carlson.

Moose Habitat Group

January 1, 1970 - January 1, 1970

The second in a projected series of sixteen habitat groups featured Moose in the Swan Hills of northcentral Alberta. The background painting was by Ralph Carlson.

Salute to Northwest Territories Centennial - Cape Dorset Eskimo Art

January 24, 1970 - February 15, 1970

The exhibition included functional items of leather, bone, wood, needlework, clothing, as well as engravings and stone carvings. Artifacts included tools for catching fish, including a tool kit made from the dried skin of the Arctic Char, and several costumes in miniature showing the use of sealskin for clothing.
This exhibition was circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service. It was on display in Feature Gallery No. 2.

Winter in Alberta

February 1, 1970 - December 31, 1970

A new display in the Natural History Gallery highlighted the ways in which plants are utilized by animals and birds in winter, to provide both food and shelter. Balsam poplar bark provides food for the Snowshoe Hare, Grouse eat the buds on the twigs, and the Downy Woodpecker drills for beetle larvae under the bark. Nine other species of plants were also featured.

A University Connects

February 17, 1970 - May 11, 1970

A survey of the collections gathered by departments at the University of Alberta. The exhibition was designed to raise awareness that the University has collections, and to showcase some artifacts that have not been seen in public for a long time. The displays included several Ethnology collections, items from the Norton Collection of Roman Glass and Grecian Pottery, the Dentistry collection of dental casts, some antiques, geological specimens, and several paintings by F. H. Varley, Victor Vasarely, and A. Y. Jackson.
The exhibition could be seen in Feature Gallery No. 1.

Silent Cities - Mexico and the Maya

March 21, 1970 - April 12, 1970

Photographs of the visual excitement and architectural splendour of 2,000 years of Mexican culture. The ancient cities of Mexico were religious centres, which included temples, courts, and pools. The beauty of the various settings, from wet forests, open plains, and mountain valleys, show the diversity of environments which the Mexicans and Maya occupied, retaining the forms and techniques so important in their religious expression.
This exhibition was circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service.

Beneath Your Feat - Alberta's Geology

March 25, 1970 - March 25, 1970

Opening of the new Geology Gallery which told the story of Alberta's mineral resources and Alberta's formation.

The Pronghorns sculpture

March 25, 1970 - March 25, 1970

This bronze sculpture of Pronghorn Antelopes by artist John B. Weaver introduced visitors to the natural history of the province. The sculpture stood in the Museum lobby at the entrance to the Natural History Galleries. Once near extinction, these splendid mammals running free over the wide prairies symbolize both the wild beauty of our natural environment and our responsibilities for its future.

Doves and Pigeons in Alberta and Plumage Changes in the Bald Eagle

April 1, 1970 - April 1, 1970

Two displays in the Feature Corner of the Natural History Gallery. Doves and Pigeons in Alberta included specimens of the Rock Dove, the Mourning Dove, and the only Band-tailed Pigeon ever collected in Alberta. Each bird was accompanied by a full colour reproduction taken from John J. Audubon's Birds of America series. Plumage Changes in the Bald Eagle showed three specimens in three plumages from the first through to the third year adult bird.

Migration of Birds

April 17, 1970 - May 15, 1970

The wonders of the bird migration were dramatically portrayed using multi-coloured panels. The exhibition reviewed early migration theories and summarized the results of contemporary research on why birds migrate, their navigational systems, and characteristic flight paths. Bird banding methods were shown, including the use of radio and radar in tracing bird movements.
This exhibit was produced by the Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It was shown in Feature Gallery No. 2.

Canadian Tuckahoe

May 1, 1970 - May 1, 1970

The Exhibit of the Month in the Natural History Gallery. Sometimes the Museum receives specimens that people think are old or fossilized pemmican. However, these represent the underground resting stage of a fungus that grows in association with poplar roots. This fungus mass is called Canadian tuckahoe.

Indian Pony and Accoutrements

May 1, 1970 - May 1, 1970

A new display in the Human History Gallery featured an Indian pony with equestrian accountrements. The pony was displayed with Blackfoot beaded livery and a travois. The pony's gear included a martingale, bridle, crupper, saddle blanket, saddle bag, saddle and rawhide container. The travois carried a tipi covering, parfleches, and backrests. This exhibit showed how these artifacts were actually used.

Easter Island

May 21, 1970 - June 14, 1970

A comprehensive survey of Easter Island, or Rapa Rui, compared the past with the present. Artifacts and photographs showed the beauty of the Pacific southeast. The famous statues, or mohai, some of which were over 40 feet in height, tower in the Island landscape, and the foundations of ancient architectural sites, petroglyphs, and roads testify to a sophisticated and vibrant culture. Artifacts, including carved wooden figures and rocks, tools, and maps amplified the photos and added to this historical context. Engravings showed the Island as it first appeared to western navigators. Photography by Ramon Osuna of the Pan American Union showed the Island and its Polynesian inhabitants in modern times, with the mysterious monoliths, grazing sheep and horses, and rugged volcanic landscapes.
This exhibition organized by the Visual Arts Department of the Pan American Union under the direction of Jose Gomez-Sicre and was circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service. It was displayed in Feature Gallery No. 2.

Elsie and Lester Delp Collection of Rocks and Minerals

June 1, 1970 - June 1, 1970

Several specimens from the recently donated Elsie and Lester Delp Collection of rocks and minerals were on display in the Natural History Gallery as the Exhibit of the Month. The collection comprised more than three thousand specimens gathered from various parts of North America during forty years. The collection includes concretions, cyrstals, and polished sections of agate, opal, quartz, and petrified wood.

Birds of Asia

June 15, 1970 - July 11, 1970

An exhibition comprising 60 superb photographs taken by the distinguished Chinese photographer Dato Loke Wan Tho. The photographs were taken in Malaysia, India, and New Guinea and were the result of days of patient stalking and watching the birds in their natural habitat in order to capture characteristic "action" shots. Among the featured species were the Kashmir Sooty Flycatcher bringing food to its mate, a Little Bittern repairing its nest, Vultures devouring carrion, the Black-naped Tern making its landing cry, and the fierce and graceful White-bellied Sea-eagle.
This exhibition was circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service. It was displayed in Feature Gallery No. 2.

Leisure Gallery

June 23, 1970 - June 23, 1970

A new component of the Human History Gallery. The first topic featured in this new area was toys, using many of the artifacts that were originally on display in Toys of Yesteryear. The displays also included musical instruments, theatre projection equipment, and photographs of Albertans participating in various sports.

Eskimo Artifacts and Prints

July 3, 1970 - August 28, 1970

A selection of artifacts from the Museum's collections, and some prints from the Glenbow-Alberta Institute collections featuring artists from Povungnituk and Holman in the Northwest Territories. This was the second exhibition designed to commemorate the Centennial of the Northwest Territories.
The exhibition was shown in Feature Gallery No. 1.

The Preservation of Abu Simbel

July 11, 1970 - August 9, 1970

The story of the successful venture to preserve a focal point of man's antiquity, the saving of an ancient Egyptian temple from the lake created behind the Aswan High Dam. The temple was moved in its entirety to a new site, 200 feet higher. The tremendous engineering work involved in this project was shown through photographs. The display also included recently excavated Nubian artifacts.
This exhibition was circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibitions Service. The exhibition was shown in Feature Gallery No. 2.

The Colour of Man

September 19, 1970 - October 18, 1970

This display, a study of the development and significance of prejudice, covered biologists' findings concerning colour changes as people spread across the earth. In an era of riots and concerns about inequality, this exhibition was designed to help people find their own answers.
This exhibition was circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibitions Service. The exhibition was shown in Feature Gallery No. 2.

The Colour of Man

September 19, 1970 - October 18, 1970

This display, a study of the development and significance of prejudice, covered biologists' findings concerning colour changes as people spread across the earth. In an era of riots and concerns about inequality, this exhibition was designed to help people find their own answers.
This exhibition was circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibitions Service. The exhibition was shown in Feature Gallery No. 2.

Early Canadiana

October 30, 1970 - November 23, 1970

A series of paintings done before 1900 which were excellent examples of early Canadian art. Featured artists included Franze Holzluhuber, William Armstrong, Lucius O'Brien, and William Napier. The paintings were all from the Glenbow-Alberta Institute's collections.

Early Canadiana

October 30, 1970 - November 23, 1970

A series of paintings done before 1900 which were excellent examples of early Canadian art. Featured artists included Franze Holzluhuber, William Armstrong, Lucius O'Brien, and William Napier. The paintings were all from the Glenbow-Alberta Institute's collections.

Blackfoot Ceremony and Religion

November 3, 1970 - November 3, 1970

This new component of the Human History gallery was opened by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, the Honourable Dr J. W. Grant MacEwan.

Blackfoot Ceremony and Religion

November 3, 1970 - November 3, 1970

This new component of the Human History gallery was opened by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, the Honourable Dr J. W. Grant MacEwan.

Great Ring of Canada

January 1, 1971 - February 9, 1971

Standing 40 inches high and 28 inches in diameter, the United States' centennial gift to Canada, constructed of crystal and rhodium plated steel, incorporated all the provincial and territorial crests and Arms of Canada.
The Great Ring of Canada was circulated throughout Canada through the auspices of the Secretary of State for Canada, the Honourable Gerard Pelletier. It was displayed in Feature Gallery No. 1.

Moon Rock on display

January 5, 1971 - January 10, 1971

This travelling exhibit was sponsored by the National Museum of Science and Technology, Ottawa, and centred around a sample of rock that had been brought back from the moon's surface, augmented by a set of explanatory panels.

View from Outer Space II

January 6, 1971 - January 31, 1971

A collection of photographs from the Gemini and Apollo Missions.


February 1, 1971 - March 15, 1971

A bicentennial tribute to the composer Ludwig van Beethoven. It included reproductions of scores, paintings, and photographs, accompanied by selections of his music.
The exhibition was produced by the Federal Republic of Germany and sponsored by the German Consulate. It was shown in Feature Gallery No. 2.

Fishes of Alberta

February 1, 1971 - February 1, 1971

A display case including examples of Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Longnose Sucker, and Lake Sturgeon was added to the Natural History gallery. This case was related to the release of a book entitled The Fishes of Alberta by Martin Paetz and Joseph S. Nelson.

Mae Starr Phonographic Doll

February 1, 1971 - February 1, 1971

This interesting artifact was displayed in the Human History Feature Corner. The cylinder record playback machinery was incorporated into the doll's back and several short recorded passages were available. A news clipping of the day, April 26 1890, states that " the new 'talking doll industry' established upon the basis of the Edison phonograph has reached such proportions as to entitle it to more than a passing notice".

Hungarian Art and Handicrafts

February 1, 1971 - March 31, 1971

The exhibition included embroidery, carving, artworks, and costuming, enhanced by lively music. The display was produced by the Hungarian Cultural Society and was on show in Feature Gallery No. 1.

Ancient Rock Paintings and Engravings

March 1, 1971 - April 18, 1971

This exhibition featured petroglyphs and pictographs from many areas of the world, shown through photographs, casts, surface prints, and drawings. The rock-art included images of human figures, game animals, and hunting scenes.
This exhibit was produced by the Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

One Millionth Visitor

April 7, 1971 - April 7, 1971

On April 7 1971, the Provincial Museum and Archives welcomed its one millionth visitor. The visitor, who was from British Columbia, was presented with a souvenir package, including several books on Alberta and a set of Museum publications.

Polish Canadian Heritage

April 15, 1971 - June 27, 1971

Sixth in a planned series of exhibitions featuring various ethnic and cultural groups of Alberta, this display highlighted the Polish people's background and their contribution to Canada. The exhibition included documents, artifacts, and samples of handicrafts.
The exhibition was held in Feature Gallery No. 2.

White-tailed Deer Diorama

April 15, 1971 - April 15, 1971

The White-tailed Deer habitat group was a new addition to the Natural History Gallery. The deer are shown on a winter's evening near the Red Deer River. The background painting is by Ralph Carson. This was the third of a planned sixteen dioramas depicting various regions of the province.


April 15, 1971 - April 15, 1971

This addition to the Natural History Gallery introduced visitors to the characteristics of mammals.

Domestic Heating

April 15, 1971 - April 15, 1971

This display in the Human History Gallery showed how people have kept warm in Alberta during the years.

Gallery Storyline Frieze

April 15, 1971 - April 15, 1971

An eleven piece frieze introduced the visitor to the storyline of the galleries.

Handcrafted Furniture

June 1, 1971 - June 1, 1971

A new addition to the Human History Gallery illustrated some aspects of the cultural mosaic of the province. This exhibition included examples of Mennonite, Hutterite, Doukhobor, and other cultural groups' handiwork related to home furnishings.

Botanical Specimens

June 1, 1971 - June 1, 1971

In conjunction with the holding of the Joint Interdisciplinary Meetings of the Canadian Botanical Association and the American Institute of Biological Sciences in Edmonton, the Provincial Museum and Archives displayed some interesting botanical material from the collections. This included fossil plants from the Canadian Arctic, and some plant "oddities" such as Diamond willow and Canadian tuckahoe, accompanied by a slide display of plant life in the upper Bow River valley.

Wildflowers of Alberta - Paintings by Dr. Annora Brown

June 20, 1971 - June 20, 1971

Dr Annora Brown was an Albertan and had taught in schools, colleges and universities. Her artistic training and love of nature combined to produce far more than botanical renderings.
This long-term exhibition occupied part of the area now occupied by the Wild Alberta gallery.

A Photographer's View of Nature - Dr. Cyril Hampson

June 20, 1971 - June 20, 1971

Dr Hampson was an internationally known Alberta nature photographer, whose work had already appeared in publications such as Life Nature Library and National Geographic books.
This long-term exhibition occupied part of the area now occupied by the Wild Alberta gallery.

Pioneer Life

June 28, 1971 - June 28, 1971

This exhibition showed photographs from the collection of G. H. Gano, taken in the Wainwright area around 1910, illustrating pioneer life.
This exhibition was prepared by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary. It was displayed in Feature Gallery No. 1.

Attendance Record Set

July 1, 1971 - July 1, 1971

This month saw record attendance at the Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta. During July 1971, 54,427 people visited the Museum.

Native Trees to Canada

July 1, 1971 - July 1, 1971

This exhibition was originally prepared by the Canadian Forestry Service, Department of Fisheries and Forestry, when they opened their new Edmonton headquarters.

Egyptian Wall Paintings

July 2, 1971 - August 31, 1971

Egyptian wall paintings are seldom considered separately but rather as a part of their broader workings in architecture and sculptural expression. Nevertheless, these murals show a beautiful restraint, yet boldness, in their expression. The murals and paintings dated from the XVII and XIX Dynasties.
This exhibition was prepared by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary. It was shown in Feature Gallery No. 1.

Plants of the American Indian

August 21, 1971 - September 26, 1971

This exhibition comprised actual specimens of various plants that Aboriginal people used for various purposes.
This exhibit was produced by the Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Canadian Nature Artists

October 1, 1971 - October 1, 1971

More than 40% of the artworks in this exhibition, originally displayed in Ottawa, comprised works by Alberta artists.

Literature from the Edmonton Geological Society

December 1, 1971 - December 1, 1971

A feature case in the Natural History Gallery highlighted informative literature from the Edmonton Geological Society. It included field trip guides, useful resource information for visitors wanting to know more about the geological history of specific areas.

1620 Pound Silver Specimen

January 1, 1972 - January 1, 1972

A large chunk of silver ore (4 foot by 2 foot by 1 foot) was on display in the Orientation Gallery. This specimen contained more than 18,000 ounces of pure silver and was worth approximately $25,000 (1972 prices). It was collected from the first level of the Echo Bay Mine near Port Radium, Northwest Territories, in August 1971. The specimen was on loan from Echo Bay Mines Ltd.

Money! Money! Money!

January 1, 1972 - January 1, 1972

The unique Nickle Collection provided a fascinating look at money. From early Canadian banknotes dated 1790, to "shinplasters", to the Prosperity Certificates of early Social Credit Alberta, this exhibition covered a wide range of monetary history.
This exhibition was prepared by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary.

Walter J. Phillips Views Western Canada

January 30, 1972 - January 30, 1972

A display of Phillips' work with woodcuts, capturing scenes of the prairies, mountains and the west coast.
This exhibition was prepared by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary. It was shown in Feature Gallery No. 1.

No Place to Play

February 1, 1972 - February 29, 1972

This exhibition explored growing population, urban sprawl, and the contamination of the environment. Dramatic changes in land use were documented using illustrations from the past and present.
This exhibit was produced by the Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

West African Sculpture

March 1, 1972 - March 1, 1972

A series of sculptures representing the living religious expression of west African people. This collection represented an opportunity to see some of the last African art of the old tradition.
This exhibition was prepared by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary.

Indian Recreation Gallery

March 5, 1972 - March 5, 1972

A new component of the Human History Gallery, highlighting recreation and entertainment activities in Aboriginal communities, from music to hand games, children's activities, and participation in rodeos.

Peoples of the World

July 1, 1972 - August 20, 1972

Sculptural figures by Malvina Hoffman, who studied with Auguste Rodin.
This exhibition was prepared by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary.

Gemstones and Silversmithing

July 1, 1972 - August 15, 1972

The patient cutting, grinding, sanding, polishing and, in some instances, mounting of beautiful stones and gems by Ken and Lena McKay of Leduc produced an intriguing eye catching display. The McKays have won Masters and First Masters awards for their work. One of the highlights was a series of cabochons (disk-shaped stones with a rounded polished surface) in which patterns that look remarkably like mountains, trees or other landscapes can be seen. A fine display of mounts and metalwork in copper, silver, and gold was shown, highlighting various types of mounts and different techniques.

Historic Monuments in Britain

July 1, 1972 - August 15, 1972

A journey through many of Britain's great antiquities from Canterbury, through London and the south, to the northern highlights of Hadrian's Wall.
This exhibition was presented courtesy of the British Trade Commissioner in Edmonton.

Our Cultural Heritage

July 1, 1972 - July 1, 1972

A new addition to the Human History Gallery that included material representing six major areas of the world. The materials included handcrafted tools, decorative art, and photographic montages.

Canadian Nature Art '72

August 12, 1972 - October 15, 1972

A display arranged in conjunction with the second annual Canadian Nature Federation Conference, held in Edmonton August 17 to 20 1972. The exhibition showed natural history subjects, such as plants, animals, and landscapes, by some of Canada's finest nature artists.

Coyote and Pups Habitat Group

November 1, 1972 - November 1, 1972

The fifth in a projected series of sixteen habitat groups featured a female coyote and her pups at a den site in a sand dune area near Hilda in southeastern Alberta. Typical plants of the region include wild roses and cacti, which are included in the diorama along with native grasses.

Hungarian Heritage

November 1, 1972 - January 8, 1973

Developed in conjunction with the Hungarian Cultural Society of Edmonton, this exhibition highlighted their fine handicrafts, costumes, and decorative art. The display also included background information on Hungary's history and its famous people.
This exhibition was shown in Feature Gallery No. 2.

How Money Began

November 1, 1972 - December 31, 1972

An exhibition, developed by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, that provided an interesting and informative look at the development of a national currency in Canada. It explored the beginnings of tokens for barter, coinage, then finally paper notes. Because Canada did not officially ban the private issue of paper money until well into the twentieth century, a detailed look was given to the many scripts issued by the different banks in Canada.
This exhibition was shown in Feature Gallery No. 1.

Dead Sea Scrolls

December 16, 1972 - January 14, 1973

A fascinating photographic display, this exhibition outlined the startling discovery of the scrolls in 1947, the background to their preservation, descriptions of the Essenes sect that produced them, and details of the texts which have shed new light on history and Christianity.
This exhibition was prepared by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service.

Pioneer Harness Shop

January 1, 1973 - January 1, 1973

A new component added to the Human History Gallery.

Czechoslovakia: Czechs and Slovaks in Canada

May 1, 1973 - June 30, 1973

An exhibition prepared by the Czechoslovak National Association of Canada in co-operation with the Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta.

Mountain Goat Habitat Group

January 1, 1974 - January 1, 1974

The next in a projected series of sixteen habitat groups featured Mountain Goats in the Canadian Rockies. The background painting was by Clarence Tillenius.

US Space Spectacular

July 17, 1974 - July 30, 1974

This was the most complete and spectacular display of Apollo space gear and equipment shown in Edmonton. Outside, on the Museum grounds, visitors could take a walk through a 100-foot Titan missile, and see a "V I" Buzz Bomb from the Second World War. Under a geodesic dome, Wally Schirra's actual Apollo 7 Command Ship and a lunar landing module were displayed. Inside the Museum, the artifacts included the Goodwill moon rock from Apollo 17 mission in 1972, Schirra's space suit from the Apollo 7 mission in 1968, Edwin Aldrin's glove from the first moonwalk on July 21 1969, information about taking moon rock samples, and space foods. A total of 13,251 people visited the Museum and this exhibit on July 21 1974, setting a new attendance record for the greatest number of visitors on a single day.

The Last Great Gold Rush

July 30, 1974 - July 30, 1974

To coincide with Klondike Days, a special exhibition of photographs from the trail of 1898 into the Yukon.

Canadian War Paintings and Photographs

November 8, 1974 - December 9, 1974

Canada's role in wartime was documented in this exhibition which combined Relentless Variety: Canadian Military Photographs since 1885, a travelling exhibit from the National Defence Headquarters, with naval paintings of the Second World War from the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. The drama of military life was vividly portrayed in 250 black-and-white and colour photographs taken by men who were often soldiers assigned to record emergencies and events. The first military photographer in Canada was James Peters, whose pictures of the Northwest Rebellion in 1885 were the first ever taken during battle. His pictures contrasted with the more recent work of Gordon Thomas, showing northern exercises in 1970, or troop instruction in Tanzania. These exhibits illustrated the triumphs and horrors of war, from a photograph of an artilleryman comforting and orphaned child in 1918, to an oil painting showing the ramming of a submarine. The 50 naval paintings brought together works by well-known artists including Alex Colville and Gordon Grant, and some official war artists including Harold Beament and Jack Nicholls.

Arms and Armour: The Age of Chivalry

December 20, 1974 - February 28, 1975

This exhibition included medieval swords, shields, battle axes, twenty suits of armour, and miniatures. The suits of armour ranged from the era of the full flowering of plate armour, with tournament suits for the joust, to foot soldiers and cavalry suits of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Most armour of that period was German and Italian. Among the suits are armour were two with fluter surfaces in the Maximilian style, one English suit of russet brown due to special oxidation, and several elaborately decorated suits of the German Gothic and Italian Pisan styles. The exhibition also included a variety of swords, from huge two-handed swords to small courtly weapons and rapiers. Other items on display included crossbows and one hundred different pole-arms, from the pikes of foot-soldiers to highly decorated ceremonial pieces. Among the nine model miniatures was a unique statuette of Robert the Bruce of Scotland showing the armour of knights of the crusades period.
This exhibition featured objects from the Riveredge Foundation of the Devonian Group in Calgary.

One Hundred Years of Oceanography

January 1, 1975 - January 1, 1975

This exhibition traced developments in studies of marine life and ocean currents. It included ship models, specimens, and photographs.

Treasures of the Orient

January 1, 1975 - January 1, 1975

On display in the Museum lobby, a valuable collection of Chinese bronzes and jades, Japanese swords, and ceremonial objects, some more than 3400 years old.

Western Odyssey: To the Canadian Northwest with the Marquis of Lorne, 1881

February 15, 1975 - March 31, 1975

In 1881, the Marquis of Lorne, Canada's Governor-General, led an expedition through the Canadian Northwest, accompanied by journalists from major British newspapers. The objective was to show their readers in Britain that Canada was a land of opportunity. The party set out from Toronto and travelled westward by railway, steamboat, canoe and carriage. Among the journalists was Sydney Prior Hall, a 39-year-old "special artist" for the The Graphic, a mass circulation London newspaper. The "special artist" was the forerunner of the news photographer. His on-the-spot sketches of people and events were translated by staff artists in the home office into wood engravings for publication. Hall produced more than 250 drawings of landscapes, buildings, people, and events encountered during the journey. The exhibition included forty drawings produced by Hall, ranging in style from meticulous detail to a few casual but expressive lines.
This exhibition was prepared by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's University, Kingston, and circulated by the Public Archives of Canada.

The Legacy: Contemporary British Columbia Indian Art

March 15, 1975 - April 30, 1975

Artists of the North Pacific coast left their descendants a legacy of skills which contemporary Aboriginal artists draw on to produce works that are innovative, vibrant and of exceptional quality. The exhibition contained over eighty pieces from more than forty artists and included baskets, blankets, jewelry, masks, rattles, and other ceremonial objects.
This collection, assembled by the British Columbia Provincial Museum under a grant from the First Citizen's Fund, was on a cross-Canada tour. The exhibition was funded by the National Museums Corporation and as produced by the British Columbia Provincial Museum.

Ethnic Architecture in Alberta

April 1, 1975 - April 1, 1975

This display illustrated the different architectural traditions brought to Alberta by European immigrants who arrived around the turn of the twentieth century. Each cultural group contributed a distinctive mode of expression to the architecture of Alberta, shown through forms of embellishment, construction techniques and, in some case, a complete style of architecture that clearly reflected European precedents. Among the buildings illustrated in the display were the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Dalum, the St Jean-Baptiest Roman Catholic Church and Rectory, Morinville, Stephansson House, Markerville, and St Mary's Romanian Orthodox Church, Boian. The exhibition comprised a small display of photographs and architectural drawings on four panels, and was located in the Museum lobby.

Eskimo History: A Long Look Back

August 2, 1975 - September 1, 1975

The exhibition included maps and photographs of archaeologists working on Arctic sites and displays of tools, weapons, and other objects. Artifacts on display included axe heads, harpoon heads and lance points, some dating from 5,000 years ago. Tools and weapons from the last 300 years showed the influence of trade goods. These materials were accompanied by a group of prints from four Canadian Arctic communities. The prints, by Parr, Pitseolak, Kalvak and others, reflect long traditions of engraving, carving and storytelling. The artworks showed hunting, fishing, snowhouse construction and other aspects of daily life in the Arctic before urban technology.
This exhibition was prepared and circulated by the National Museum of Man.

Ukrainian Churches of Alberta

August 8, 1975 - September 21, 1975

This exhibition featured a selection of paintings by Parasia Iwanec, highlighting the varied architecture of the Ukrainian churches throughout the province. From the modest country church to the impressive urban catheral, these oil paintings captured an integral part of each Ukrainian community. In addition to the church building, each painting included the setting, revealing all seasons of Alberta's climate. The selection ranged from the simple wooden structure at Tofield with a shingled roof, to the elaborate multi-domed cathedrals of Edmonton.

North from Blatchford Field

October 1, 1975 - November 30, 1975

The history of aviation into the north from Edmonton's Municipal Airport was traced through photographs, engines and equipment. A chronology of "firsts" accompanied the display.

The Athapaskans

October 10, 1975 - January 4, 1976

A major exhibition on Athaspaskan-speaking people of the north, including Chipewyan, Dogrib, Beaver, Slave, Kutchin and others. The exhibition included clothing, snowshoes, hiunting and fishing equipment for daily living, from prehistory to the present. The exhibition was jointly created by the National Museum of Man and the Royal Scottish Museum.

The Decorative Arts of West Africa

October 17, 1975 - November 30, 1975

The artifacts on display came from the traditional cultures of Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, the Cameroons, and other West African nations. The artifacts demonstrated the tremendous diversity, expressive quality, and evocative power of the African creative tradition. The objects ranged from four-foot-high ceremonial headdresses to tiny brass weights for measuring gold. Religious items, musical instruments, bowls, chief's staffs, and a game board provided new insight into the cultures of West Africa.
The 75 objects on diplay were on loan from the Devonian Group's collection in Calgary. The exhibition formed part of the Provincial Museum's contribution to the festivities marking "Alberta-World Reflections", a special program of the Alberta Committee of International Agencies.

Canadian Nature Art '75

October 17, 1975 - November 17, 1975

One in a series of annual exhibitions of the best art from Canadian nature painters. It included work by Lansdowne, Loates, and five Albertans among thirty artists.


January 1, 1976 - January 1, 1976

A new component added to the Geology displays in the Natural History Gallery. This instrument recorded seismic waves generated through earthquake activity.

Crystals and Carvings

January 1, 1976 - January 1, 1976

A display of specimens from the Riveredge collection.

Portraits of the Indians

February 20, 1976 - April 25, 1976

In the early 1800s the wilderness of North America was visited by many painters enthralled with the land and the native people. This exhibition displayed a representative selection of 38 artworks from this interval. It included paintings by Paul Kane, Frederick Verner, and Karl Bodmer, some of the many artists who travelled the west between the 1830s and Confederation (1867). It included a wide range of field sketches and finished artworks, in oil paint, pastel, and watercolour, plus several photographs and two bronze sculptures.
This exhibition was prepared by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary.

Medieval Images

May 9, 1976 - May 30, 1976

An exhibition of twenty brass rubbings from cathedrals and churches of England demonstrating the importance of brasses as a valuable source of information on clothing, armour, heraldry, art, and history. Since the thirteenth century, more than ten thousand brass memorial plaques have been engraved and installed in European churches and cathedrals, especially in in England. British brasses commomorate deceased people of all social classes, from duchesses to merchants.

Canadian Nature Art '76

June 1, 1976 - June 1, 1976

One in a series of annual exhibitions of the best art from Canadian nature painters.

Why? Why Not!

June 27, 1976 - June 27, 1976

This exhibition illustrated some of the outstanding contributions made to the natural sciences by nineteen Canadian women from the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibition was produced by the National Museum of Natural Sciences for International Women's Year.

The Buffalo

July 9, 1976 - August 15, 1976

Man's centuries-old fascination with the North American bison, or buffalo, was captured in this exhibition. It featured a variety of historical graphic works - from cave paintings to lithographs - depicting the role of this animal in the history, myths, and popular culture of the American and Canadian frontiers. The display showed many interpretations of the buffalo and included works by John James Audubon, a prominent wildlife illustrator of the early 1800s, a series of hand-tinted lithographs by George Catlin, pencil studies by Carl Rungius, original oil paintings by Frederick A. Verner and Titian R. Peale, and an illustrated letter dated 1910 from the correspondence of Charles M. Russell. The artworks were accompanied by two mounted buffalo from the Museum's Habitat display and a buffalo hide.
This exhibition was prepared by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary.

Into the Silent Land: Survey Photography in the Canadian West, 1858-1900

September 1, 1976 - September 1, 1976

A travelling exhibition prepared by the Public Archives of Canada.

Small World of Toys

December 1, 1976 - January 23, 1977

A nostalgic exhibition featuring 100 years of toys.

Play's the Thing

December 1, 1976 - January 16, 1977

An exhibition featuring home-made toys constructed from everyday materials.

A Parliament of Owls

December 10, 1976 - February 27, 1977

A display of nature art, comprising twenty-five artworks in various media, including oils, prints, and watercolours, by twelve different wildlife artist. Among the birds featured were the Saw-whet Owl, Snowy Owl, Pygmy Owl, Great Horned Owl, Long-eared Owl, Barred Owl, Boreal Owl, Hawk Owl, Burrowing Owl, Great Grey Owl, and Barn Owl.

Steam Power

January 1, 1977 - January 1, 1977

A new component added to the Human History Gallery.

Material Culture of New Guinea

January 22, 1977 - March 3, 1977

A collection of ethnological artifacts including masks, shells, and decorative ornaments.

Austrian Folklore and Culture

March 5, 1977 - March 5, 1977

An exhibition of 18th century furniture and glassware, paintings, textiles, carvings, and costumes.

Nature and the Artist

January 1, 1978 - January 1, 1978

A selection of work by museum habitat artist Ralph Carson.

Beaver Diorama

January 1, 1979 - January 1, 1979

The Beaver habitat group was a new addition to the Natural History Gallery. Beavers were shown constructing a dam near Pigeon Lake in central Alberta. This was another addition to a planned sixteen dioramas depicting various regions of the province.

Black Gold in Alberta

January 1, 1979 - February 3, 1979

A collection of documents recording the history of black gold (or oil) in Alberta, on display in the Museum lobby.

Spiritual Life/Sacred Ritual

January 1, 1979 - January 1, 1979

A new component added to the Human History Gallery. Each wave of immigration has brought a religious tradition, the faith of a people and their worship and ritual, to become part of Alberta. Though people are familiar with the worship and ritual of their own tradition, they seldom have the opportunity to observe the ceremonies, ritual objects and special apparel from other forms of worship. In this gallery, such items were seen accompanied by liturgical text and photographs, each representing a symbolic gesture from the celebration.

Henry Birks Collection of Canadian Silver

September 14, 1979 - January 7, 1980

This exhibition featured more than 400 pieces of historical silver created by early Canadian craftsmen. It included church, domestic, presentation, souvenir and Indian trade silver and demonstrated the evolution and development of Canadian silversmithing. The pieces highlighted the tradition of fine craftsmanship that began in New France in the 1600s and continued in Montreal, Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. This exhibition marked the centenary of Henry Birks and Sons Ltd. The collection was established in 1936 by Henry G. Birks, grandson of the company's founder, to recognize the underappreciated art of Canadian silversmiths.

Birds of Prey

January 1, 1980 - January 1, 1980

This exhibition featured 30 paintings from the late nineteenth century by Louis Agassiz Fuertes. These paintings had not previously been on public exhibition.

Minerals, Metals and Man

January 1, 1980 - January 1, 1980

An exhibition prepared by the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Ottawa.

Australian Aboriginal Art

September 5, 1980 - October 5, 1980

The 56 artifacts on display included paintings, sculptures, fibre weavings, weapons and a variety of utensils. The artifacts were selected from a collection donated to the Alberta Government by the Aboriginal Arts Board of the Australia Council in honour of the Province's 75th anniversary. This exhibition subsequently travelled to four other museums in Alberta.

Children's Art from Hokkaido

October 1, 1980 - November 30, 1980

A charming exhibition featuring children's art from Hokkaido, Japan. After being shown at the Provincial Museum of Alberta, this exhibit circulated to several other museums and cultural centres in Alberta and across Canada between 1984 and 1987.

Ukrainian Church Architecture

January 1, 1981 - January 1, 1981

A fine photographic essay on Alberta's Ukrainian church architecture.

Studio Ceramics in Alberta I, 1947-1952

January 1, 1981 - January 1, 1981

An exhibition produced by the Alberta Art Foundation and featuring artworks from their collection. Among the artists featured was Luke Lindoe.

Understanding Clay

January 16, 1981 - January 16, 1981

This travelling exhibition was prepared by the Provincial Museum of Alberta.

Nag Hammadi

March 16, 1981 - June 17, 1981

A collection of thirteen papyrus codices (manuscripts) dated between the third and fifth centuries AD. These represent the single most important contribution to knowledge of Gnosticism (the mystical religious and philosophical teachings of pre-Christian and early Christian times). The codices were found in 1945 in a jar buried in a cemetery on the edge of Chenoboskian (also called Nag Hammadi) near the Nile, 60 miles below Luxor, and containing all 49 Gnostic treatises.
This exhibition was co-sponsored by the Provincial Museum of Alberta and the Religious Studies and Classics Departments of the University of Alberta. It was displayed in the Human History Gallery.

Separate from the World: Meetings with Doukhobor-Canadians in British Columbia

April 1, 1981 - April 1, 1981

Eighty-six black and white photographs of Doukhobors, their symbolic or precious objects and their abandoned buildings taken by Robert Minden, and circulated by the National Film Board of Canada.

First Storyteller issue

April 1, 1981 - April 1, 1981

April 1981 saw the publication of the first issue of the Provincial Museum's new monthly calendar of events, the Storyteller. The publication was named for Alberta artist Ole Holmsten's sculpture Storyteller on the grounds of the Provincial Museum of Alberta. The sculpture represents the role of the Museum in telling the story of Alberta's human and natural history. Issued monthly between 1981 and 1987, every two months between 1987 and 1991, and quarterly thereafter, the Storyteller ceased publication at the end of 1995.

Elitekey: Micmac Material Culture

April 7, 1981 - June 29, 1981

"Elitekey", pronounced "êl-li-dey-geh", is a Micmac term meaning "I make things, I fashion things, I am a manufacturer of things". It was an apt title for an exhibition that illustrated how the Micmac people of Atlantic Canada utilized their environment to create artifacts such as baskets, canoes, clothing and tools.
This exhibition was produced by the Nova Scotia Museum. It was shown in Feature Gallery No. 3.

Clothing for the Handicapped

June 1, 1981 - June 1, 1981

This exhibition was created by the University of Alberta's Ring House Gallery and was displayed in the Auditorium Foyer. It was one of several events and exhibits to mark the United Nation's Year of the Disabled, designed to focus world attention on the needs and abilities of handicapped individuals.

The Inuit

June 1, 1981 - June 1, 1981

A display of Inuit artifacts from the Ethnology collection on display in the Ethnology Feature Gallery.


June 2, 1981 - July 2, 1981

In August of 1973 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and heads of Government from all over the Commonwealth gathered in Ottawa. Canada's gift to these distinguished visitors was a commemorative book of photographs and poetry produced for the occasion by the still photography division of the National Film Board of Canada. The book's images, the work of 22 photographers from across the country, and a selection of poetry that linked its sections, were presented as an exhibition early the following year and then circulated throughout Europe, the United States, and South America. A selection from this exhibition was on display at the Provincial Museum of Alberta in the Orientation Gallery.

Chinese Canadian Heritage and Cultural Exhibition

June 11, 1981 - July 12, 1981

This exhibition presented the historical and contemporary story of Chinese Canadians.
It was shown in Feature Gallery No. 2.

Playful Objects: An Exhibition in Celebration of Fun

July 7, 1981 - September 1, 1981

Whimsical art and craft works collected from around the province, represented artists from nine years to 84. The display included everything from life-size carved people to fabric food and a one octave piano.
The exhibition was sponsored by Alberta Culture and the 75th Anniversary Commission.

The Bird Photography of Tom Webb

July 7, 1981 - August 30, 1981

Edmonton nature photographer Tom Webb provided an intimate view of a variety of Albertan birds during their nesting season. Displayed in the Auditorium Foyer.

Pictures in the Wild

July 7, 1981 - August 30, 1981

Contemporary Swedish Nature Photography. An exhibition of 85 black and white nature photographs, organized by Naturfotograferna and the Swedish Institute, Stockholm, and circulated by the International Program of the National Museums of Canada. Displayed in the Orientation Gallery.

The Beauty of Pheasants

July 8, 1981 - February 21, 1982

An exhibition of over 30 species of pheasants which documented the long cultural association between these birds and man. For centuries people have been fascinated by the colorful ornate plumage of pheasants, their prized quality as a game bird, and their usefulness in animal husbandry. Among the 75 specimens on display were the Reeve's pheasant with its five foot long tail, the White and Brown Eared Pheasants with their hairlike plumage, the Gray Peacock Pheasant renowned for its orate plumage, and the Impeyon Pheasant whose plumage reflects different colours in different lights. Also displayed was the ancestor of our domestic chicken, the Red Jungle Fowl. Many of the specimens date back to the early 1800s, having been maintained in superb condition in private collections until recently.
This exhibition was shown in Feature Gallery No. 1.

Avatars: Hindu Incarnations

July 21, 1981 - November 22, 1981

An exhibition of antique temple bronzes, Kalamkari paintings and Krishna paintings from India. The artworks were from the private collection of Sarala Sharma.

Dressing for Canada

September 1, 1981 - September 1, 1981

A new exhibit in the History Gallery of the Museum graphically illustrated the change in lifestyle which greeted new immigrants to Canada during the early 1900s. The display featured the finely-tailored dresses and accessories which were brought to Canada by an Englishwoman in 1913. On her arrival, she quickly discovered that she would have to supplement her wardrobe with simpler and more suitable articles of clothing. These too were included in the display.

Paul Allen's West

September 2, 1981 - October 2, 1981

Colourful impressions of the landscape of Western Canada formed an exciting photographic exhibition. From a field of bright yellow sunflowers against a blue sky to the splendor of a mountain valley in autumn, this display of 20 colour prints explored the use of light, colour, and landscape form. It offered Paul Allen's personal view of the vastness and beauty of the West that everyone could identify with and appreciate.
The exhibition was shown in the Auditorium Foyer.

Mammoth Find in the Edmonton Area

September 7, 1981 - September 7, 1981

During the summer of 1980, the tusks and partial skull of a mammoth were found northeast of Edmonton. The mammoth remains were recovered from gravels deposited by the ancestral North Saskatchewan River. The tusks gave a radiocarbon date of at least 23,000 years old and, together with the partial skull, represent the most complete mammoth found in Alberta to that date (1980). The tusks were displayed in a case in the Museum's lobby.

Rodeo: A Pictoral Essay

September 8, 1981 - October 30, 1981

An exhibition of 50 rodeo photographs by Vancouver artist Ronnie Tessler depicting aspects of rodeo-cowboy life. She spent three years following the rodeo circuit and in her own words learned "much about the man behind the myth - the rodeo cowboy". The photographs depicted not only the action and excitement of rodeos but also the behind-the-scenes preparation and tension.
This exhibition was organized by the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, with the assistance of the National Museums of Canada. It was shown in the Orientation Gallery.

The Covenant Chain: Indian Ceremonial and Trade Silver

September 15, 1981 - November 15, 1981

A major exhibition featuring 300 pieces of Indian ceremonial and trade silver made between the late 18th century and the present day. This exhibition also included historical paintings and artifacts and a selection of silver made by contemporary Iroquois craftsmen.
Produced by the National Museum of Man, Ottawa, the exhibition was shown in Feature Gallery No. 3.

Spirits of Earth and Water: Ancient Eskimo Cultures of Newfoundland and Labrador

December 1, 1981 - December 1, 1981

An exhibition of the prehistoric Dorset Eskimo culture (about 2800 to 900 years ago), focusing on their location, lifestyle, art and religion, and the legends about them that were told by later Inuit cultures. Dorset lifestyle, hunting patterns, house types, and other aspects of technology were portrayed through stone and bone tools and carvings.
The exhibition was organized by the Newfoundland Museum and funded by the National Museums of Canada.

Ancient Scribes

December 1, 1981 - January 6, 1982

This exhibition depicted the numerous major manuscript discoveries during the past century, coupled with the scholarly work of deciphering and interpreting these primary sources from the past. It included original artifacts, facsimiles of manuscripts and tablets, photographs and text.
Jointly sponsored with the Religious Studies and Classics Department, University of Alberta. Displayed in the Human History Gallery.

Canada Fantasy

December 1, 1981 - January 3, 1982

An exhibition of 38 photographs taken between 1920 and 1941, from Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau Collection.
Organized by the Public Archives of Canada. Displayed in the Orientation Gallery.

The Four Seasons: Food-Getting in British Columbia Prehistory

December 3, 1981 - January 14, 1982

An exhibition based on recent archaeological work, showing how prehistoric cultures in British Columbia coped with the problem of obtaining food and shelter. On the west coast in particular, there developed a spectacular art form and an architecture in wood. Important on the coast and interior was the "seasonal round", the utilization of regional and seasonal resources by mobile and flexible social groups. The Four Seasons looked at subsistence through archaeological discoveries in British Columbia. It featured prehistoric artifacts and food remains to illustrate archaeological research and ethnographic reconstructions of past lifeways in various seasons.
Produced by the Museum of Anthropology and the University of British Columbia, with the assistance of the National Museums of Canada.

The Prairie West: A Visual Perspective

January 6, 1982 - January 6, 1982

An exhibition of photographs marking the 75th Anniversary of the inauguration of Alberta and Saskatchewan. These 61 photographs and descriptive panels dealt with events prior to the formation of the two provinces in 1905 and traced their growth to the present.
This exhibition was organized and circulated by the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, with the assistance of the National Museums of Canada. Displayed in the Orientation Gallery.

From My Grandmother's Hands: Moccasins of the Plains Indians

January 8, 1982 - February 28, 1982

"Moccasin" is an Ojibwa term that has been incorporated into the English language to describe the skin shoes traditionally worn by most North American Aboriginal people. This exhibition of 11 pairs of moccasins, including pairs worn by men, women and children, showed the various construction techniques and decorative designs of moccasins worn by the Plains, Cree, Sioux, Stony, Crow, and Blackfoot people. Large colour photographs illustrated design details, beading and quillwork techniques, and construction patterns.
This exhibition was organized by the Glenbow Museum, Calgary. Displayed in the Human History Gallery.

Birds of Alberta

April 1, 1982 - May 2, 1982

An exhibition of 28 watercolours and gouaches by Provincial Museum artists Ralph Carson and Ludo Bogaert. Many of these illustrations were included in the book The Birds of Alberta by W. Ray Salt and Jim R. Salt.

Wild Flowers of Alberta

April 1, 1982 - September 19, 1982

A photographic exhibit of some of Alberta's wildflowers in bloom. New images, taken by the Curator of Botany, were added at the beginning of each month, showing early spring flowers in bloom in April to fruits and berries in September. Alberta is a land with pronounced vegetation changes, northwards from grassland to aspen parkland to boreal forest and westwards from prairie to aspen parkland to foothills and mountain forests. These variations contribute to a rich variety of plant communities, each with its own array of interesting plants, from tall spruce to tiny violets and from dainty lady's-slipper orchids to prickly-pear cacti.
The photographs were displayed in the East Alcove.

Western Alienation

April 2, 1982 - April 25, 1982

The cartoons in this exhibit illustrated that feelings of alienation in the West are not new but have a history which is part of the continuing saga of Canadian diversity.
This exhibition was organized by the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, and was shown in the Auditorium Foyer.

Benny Motzfeldt: A Norwegian Pathfinder in Glass

April 6, 1982 - June 20, 1982

A selection of over 90 works, ranging from engraved vases and goblets to wall-hung sculptural reliefs and small glass animals, by one of Europe's most renowned glass artists.
This exhibition was developed in part by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service and circulated in Canada by the Embassy of Norway and the International Program of the National Museum of Canada. The exhibition was shown in the Upstairs Lounge.

Newfoundland Photography

April 20, 1982 - May 30, 1982

A selection of 48 photographs taken from original glass plate negatives depicting Newfoundland and its people. The images, dating from the late 19th to the mid-20th century, document everything from life in the outports to warships in St. John's harbour.
This exhibition was organized by the Provincial Museum of Newfoundland. The photographs were displayed in the Orientation Gallery.

Horse Brasses

April 25, 1982 - April 25, 1982

An interesting collection of horse brasses of various designs which date from 1860 to 1930. Horse brasses were mainly used on draft or show horses of this period.
This exhibition was organized by the Glenbow Museum, Calgary. It was shown in Feature Gallery No. 1.

Eugene Atget (1857-1927)

June 2, 1982 - August 3, 1982

A selection of over 40 photographs of street scenes in Paris and French urban landscapes by Eugene Atget, one of France's most famous photographers. His photographs provide windows into turn-of-the-century France. Porting his camera, tripod and glass plates around Paris and the surrounding countryside, Atget recorded a wide variety of subject matter, including old streets, bridges, signs, markets, windows, cafes, parks, and mansions. He emphasized street commerce, such as the activities of flower sellers, porters, garbage collectors, news boys, and labourers.
This exhibition was organized by Le Service des Echanges Artistiques de France and was circulated by the International Program of the National Museums of Canada. The photographs were displayed in Feature Gallery No. 1.

A Feast of Colour: Corpus Christi Dance Costumes of Ecuador

June 2, 1982 - July 12, 1982

An outstanding exhibition of Ecuadorian folk art which included examples of embroidered fiesta costumes, masks, musical instruments, paintings and ceramics, from the collection of Olga Fisch of Quito, Ecuador. Every year, in the month of June, the indigenous people of Ecuador hold a most important festival, the Feast of Corpus Christi. The men of the community arrange colourful fiestas, with dancing, feasting, and much ceremony. Elaborately embroidered costumes are worn by dancers for these fiestas and represent months of painstaking work and are an enduring form of folk art. The exhibition included four mannequins representing the costumed dancers and an accompanying musician from the provinces of Tungurahua and Cotopaxi, which are the only two provinces still celebrating the once-pervasive fiesta. In addition to the complete costumes, there were several separate textile pieces including bands, aprons, breastplates and tails. To further complement the clothing, the displays included Ecuadorian folk art pieces inspired by the fiesta such as paintings on leather, ceramics, and dolls. There were also photographs of the dancers, the setting, and a video of the 1979 festival.
This exhibition was organized by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service. It was shown in Feature Gallery No. 2.

Maurits C. Escher (1898-1971)

June 2, 1982 - August 15, 1982

The name of the Dutch artist Maurits C. Escher is synonymous with the representation of optical illusions and visual deceits. It is the major legacy of his investigations in this area, a series of approximately seventy prints produced between 1937 and his death in 1971, that testify to his popularity and the uniqueness of his creative accomplishments. Introduced to one of his images, we accept certain possibilities and then are confronted with the implausibility of the whole. A queue of reptiles depicted in three dimensions gradually changes into an interlocking matrix of two dimensional reptiles then back again. What at first appears to be a logical architectural configuration is, upon closer examination, an impossible structure. Escher's work is intellectual in aim and execution. The eighteen reproductions of his work in this exhibition showed his exploration of visual illusion.
This exhibition was organized by the Ministry of Culture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It was displayed in the Auditorium Foyer.

Dinosaurs, Mammoths and Cavemen: The Art of Charles R. Knight

June 22, 1982 - September 26, 1982

Extinct creatures that once inhabited earth appeared in a special exhibit of paintings, drawings, and sculptures by Charles R. Knight. Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus, even the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex were but dusty assemblages of bones until Knight combined his love of nature, artistic ability and scientific skill to realistically recreate these creatures from millions of years ago. Although his first works were completed in the late 19th century, the majority was done in the 1930s and 1940s. His visual conceptions of the creatures that once roamed earth have never been surpassed. Knight's talents were sought after by many museums, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Field Museum, and the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. With his associates, Knight pioneered new and revolutionary concepts for the display of fossils, moving away from the traditional idea of mounting a skeleton by stringing the vertebral column along a straight length of steel rod to the mounting of skeletons in exciting, realistic poses. Knight's paintings of dinosaurs and other creatures, accompanied and gave greater meaning to the fossil exhibits. Many of the dinosaurs drawn and painted were based on specimens collected in Alberta, so his work has a special meaning to this province.
The images were displayed in the Orientation Gallery.

Images of the Wild

June 30, 1982 - September 19, 1982

An exhibition of 73 paintings of wildlife by Canadian artist Robert Bateman. A sensitive, skilful painter with a style that is uniquely his own, Robert Bateman captures wilderness on canvas without losing a sense of wildness. What emerges from a Bateman painting is more than a portrait, it is a moment frozen in time. He paints with a talent so formidable that Roger Tory Peterson has volunteered: "If I could paint like another wildlife artist, it would be Robert Bateman."
This exhibition was organized by the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Ottawa.

Charlie Beil: Western Sculptor 1894-1976

August 17, 1982 - October 17, 1982

An exhibition about Charlie Beil which included nine of his bronze sculptures and illustrated the "lost-wax" casting process.
The exhibition was organized and circulated by the Peter Whyte Gallery, Banff, with the assistance of Mrs C. A. Beil and the Devonian Group of Charitable Foundations, Calgary.

The Poetry Gallery

August 24, 1982 - November 23, 1982

An exhibition of poems composed by 15 Oregon poets and illustrated in calligraphy by five Oregon artists. The writers were chosen from a state-wide competition. All of the poets had previously published in books or magazines, many had received awards, and together they harmoniously expressed the voices of Oregon. Each calligrapher carefully selected a writing style, ink, and paper that would convey the spirit of the words. The exhibition is similar to a poetry reading because the words were presented expressively. The flowing ink communicated rhythms and modulations.
This project was partially funded by a grant from the Literature Program of the National Endowment for the Arts, co-ordinated by the Oregon Arts Foundation and Visual Arts Resources, and supported by the Oregon Arts Commission, Friends of the Museum and other agencies. The exhibition was displayed in Feature Gallery No. 2.

The Creative Tradition: Indian Handicrafts and Tourist Art

October 6, 1982 - January 4, 1983

This exhibition documented the changes which have occurred in the material culture of Aboriginal people in western Canada in the post-European contact interval. It included 60 artifacts which were manufactured from the 1870s to the 1980s.
This travelling exhibition from the Provincial Museum of Alberta's collections was prepared with support from the National Museums of Canada. It was displayed in the Upstairs Lounge.

The Laughter of a Free Nation: Polish Political Cartoons, August 1980 to December 1981

October 14, 1982 - November 21, 1982

An exhibition of over 40 cartoons created and published during the brief period of freedom of the press in Poland between August 1980 and December 1981. During those few months, unprecedented freedom of expression was exercised. An explosion of political humour resulted, and its expression in graphics was the focus of this exhibition.
This display was made available by the Organizing Committee of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Polish Congress.


November 1, 1982 - January 2, 1983

An exhibition which explored the diversity and uniqueness of bats through the use of photographs, models, video tapes, and specimens. This exhibition from the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Ottawa, was designed to dispel some existing misconceptions about bats.
The exhibition was held in Feature Gallery No. 3.

500 Years of Wine in the Arts

November 3, 1982 - November 30, 1982

This exhibition featured one hundred and twenty original prints, drawings, etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, and watercolours from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. The wine-related artworks were assembled during forty years by the The Christian Brothers of California and Fromm and Sichel, Inc., and are in the collection of the Wine Museum of San Francisco. The collection is considered the foremost assemblage of wine-related art in the United States and is visible proof that there is much more to wine than just the drinking.

Omingmak - The Muskox

November 24, 1982 - January 24, 1983

An exhibition presenting fascinating details of the behaviour and daily lives of muskoxen. The Inuit word "omingmak" means "the animal with skin like a beard". The pelage of the muskox consists of coarse guard hairs that nearly reach the ground with an undercoat of fine soft hairs that is so dense that neither cold nor moisture can penetrate it. Today the range of the muskox is restricted to tundra areas of the Arctic islands, a relatively small area on the mainland, and the northern coastal areas of Greenland. In the past, their range was more extensive and fossil remains of muskox have been found in several northern states as well as Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario. Although to us in southern Canada, the Arctic seems a harsh and inhospitable environment, yet the muskoxen thrives there. This exhibition showed how. The exhibition was based on the results of 10 years of research in the Arctic by Dr David K. Gray.
The exhibition was organized by the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Ottawa.

Bighorn Sheep Habitat Group

November 24, 1982 - November 24, 1982

The official opening of a new diorama by museum artist Ralph Carson, featuring Bighorn Sheep near the Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefields, Jasper National Park. The foreground was prepared by Terry Thormin. Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) are one of the most frequently seen mammals in Alberta's Mountain Parks.

The War of 1812

November 30, 1982 - January 3, 1983

A pictorial account of the war of 1812 as seen, interpreted or invented by 19th century artists. This exhibition from the Royal Ontario Museum consisted of 60 framed prints, maps, and watercolours.

Tiles Tell a Tale

December 21, 1982 - January 23, 1983

Thanks to one of the most versatile building materials - clay - people have been able to make ceramic tiles for thousands of years and use them to protect and beautify the built environment. Entire sections of temples, fortifications, public buildings, modest houses, and even subway stations have been enlivened in a lasting a striking way with glazed tiles. Kitchens, fireplaces and furniture too have often been embellished with decorative tiles. Few decorative products can be traced as far back in time as tiles. Because of their continuous and varied use all over the world, in both practical and ornamental ways, tiles are valuable sources of information. In other words, tiles can tell a tale - of ancient civilizations, changes in decorative styles, foreign influences that affect a culture, and growing technologies. This colourful display of 80 ceramic tiles traced the development of style and technique from the Middle East and Europe. The exhibit included samples of early Persian and Spanish tiles as well as Dutch and English tin-glazed types.
This exhibition was circulated by the Extension Services Department, Royal Ontario Museum.

Dreams of Empire - Canada Before 1700

January 11, 1983 - March 27, 1983

This exhibition profiled Canada's history from its infancy to 1700. Two hundred and fifty reproductions of archival documents drawn from 52 Canadian, American, and European institutions were on display. These documents ranged from maps, engravings, pictures and seals to medals, manuscripts and printed material, and served to illustrate eight distinct themes: the origins, exploration, and occupation of the continent; population and settlement; government; wars; the economy; society and culture; and religion.
This exhibition was organized by the Public Archives of Canada.

Hokkaido Art - 1960-1980

January 17, 1983 - February 13, 1983

This was the first time that Hokkaido art was introduced abroad. The exhibition was composed of works selected from the collection of the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art.
This exhibition was sponsored by Government of the Prefecture of Hokkaido, Japan, and was organized by the Hokkaido Board of Education and the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art.

Cloud Flowers: Rhododendrons East and West

February 1, 1983 - March 15, 1983

An exhibition of 47 original watercolours by 10 contemporary Canadian artists. The title of the show was derived from the cloud-like effect of rhododendrons in their natural habitats, particularly on slopes of the Himalayas where they are an important component of the forest cover. The name rhododendron is from the Greek for "rose-tree", a reference to the delicate flowers of these shrubs that are prized as garden ornamentals.
The exhibition was organized by the UBC Botanic Garden and circulated by the Friends of the Garden to commemorate the opening of their Asian Garden in 1981.

Canadian Nature Art

February 15, 1983 - March 6, 1983

An exhibition of 35 works of art, comprising prints, drawings and paintings, by contemporary Canadian nature artists, selected from more than 240 entries submitted. This biennial exhibition included artworks by several notable Alberta artists, including Dick Dekker and Vivian Thierfelder from Edmonton, David Lloyd Fisher of Banff, and Bill Holder of Okotoks.
The exhibition was organized by the National Museum of Natural Sciences in collaboration with the Canadian Nature Federation.


February 22, 1983 - March 27, 1983

An exhibition featuring works selected from the ten-year-old Alberta Art Foundation collection. It included paintings, sculptures, graphics, ceramics, fabric art and photography.

Wildflowers of Alberta

April 1, 1983 - October 9, 1983

Photographs of native flora in blossom from April to August, followed by some of their fruits in September.

Colours of Acadia: Couleurs d'Acadie

April 1, 1983 - May 30, 1983

When one thinks of images of Atlantic Canada, it is the rugged coastlines, fishing villages, and autumn forests that usually come to mind. Another colourful aspect of the region, however, is the brightly painted homes of the Acadians. The Restigouche Gallery of Campbellton, New Brunswick, organized this photographic exhibition that featured 87 images taken by Gilles Savoie and Jacques Paulin to illustrate the colourful Acadian dwellings. Photographs showed individual houses, groups of houses, and architectural details, such as doors, steps, and windows. These colourful houses were found in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and the Magdalen Islands. The boldness and self-assertion of the colour choices reflect the wit and good humour of the Acadians.

Inuit Games and Contests: The Clifford E. Lee Collection of Prints

April 12, 1983 - July 17, 1983

An exhibition of 61 prints which depict the many games and contests that form an integral part of Inuit life. Activities such as blanket tossing, throat-singing, wrestling, skipping and other sports were illustrated.
The exhibition was organized by the University Art Gallery and Museum.

Pioneering Women

April 13, 1983 - May 24, 1983

An exhibition of artifacts, photographs and graphics which showed the life of the pioneer women from 1890 to 1930. It emphasized the important contribution women have made to the development of Alberta, and highlighted immigration, homesteading, politics, work life, townlife and leisure. Women's stories were told in their own words through excerpts from diaries, newspapers and autobiographical accounts.
This exhibition was produced by the Travelling Exhibits Department, Provincial Museum of Alberta.

White Pelican Habitat Group

April 27, 1983 - April 27, 1983

This diorama, the fifteenth in a planned series of sixteen, shows the world's most northern breeding colony of white pelicans, situated at the "Mountain Rapids" in the Slave River, about 3.5 km south of the Northwest Territories border. Set in mid-June, the scene shows the pelicans loafing on a rocky shelf on an island in the river. In the background, are groups of flying pelicans returning from feeding while others are moving about on the nesting island. The location of this nesting colony - an island in an river in the midst of roaring rapids - is unique. These birds usually nest on small sandy or rocky islets in quiet lakes. The rocks in the foreground are red granite of the Canadian Shield, only exposed in this area of Alberta.

Lansdowne - Bird Paintings 1958-1972

April 27, 1983 - July 10, 1983

A collection of 90 bird paintings by James Fenwick Lansdowne, a Canadian artist from Victoria, recognized internationally as one of the foremost contemporary painters of birds. Gifted with an acute perception, inspired and intrigued by nature, Lansdowne passionately dedicated his life to conveying the "essence" of birds.
The exhibition was circulated by the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Ottawa.

Museum Open House

May 15, 1983 - May 16, 1983

Visitors were invited behind the scenes to visit the studios, storage and preparation areas and view the work involved in preserving Alberta's heritage.

The Chinese Canadian Cultural and Heritage Exhibition

May 18, 1983 - June 9, 1983

A photographic exhibit that showed the historical contribution by Canadians of Chinese descent. This exhibition also commemorated the 125th anniversary of Chinese in Canada.

Quillwork of the Plains Indians

June 1, 1983 - September 11, 1983

This exhibition was circulated by Glenbow-Alberta Institute.

Flower Cloths: Art of the Hmong

June 14, 1983 - July 17, 1983

An exhibition of 25 textiles and 32 photographs, illustrating the needlecraft of the Hmong people of southeast Asia. It included fine examples of appliqued and embroidered textiles sewn by Hmong women now living in Oregon. The show's title came from the Hmong word for their needlework, "pa ndao", meaning "flower cloth". The vibrant colours and abstract motifs reflect their homeland forest landscapes and the pieces often have symbolic meanings related to burial, courtship and festival customs. The exhibition included decorative pieces, hats, belts, purses, tassels, a costume apron, and a baby pack.

The Warship Wasa: Lost 1628 - Raised 1961

June 14, 1983 - September 11, 1983

An exhibition of nine panels of photographs and drawings, accompanied by numerous original artifacts and replicas from the Swedish man-of-war Wasa, which sank in 1628 and was raised in 1961. Built on the order of King Gustavus II Adolphus of Sweden, the ship sank on her maiden voyage in her home harbour of Stockholm. Resting on the sea floor for three hundred years, the ship was therefore a time-capsule of early 17th century maritime life and shipbuilding. In particular, the contents of the seamens' chests provided insight into the life and possessions of ordinary people. When the ship was raised, special preservation techniques had to be developed to preserve the waterlogged artifacts, including the ship's timbers and possessions of the crew and passengers.
This exhibition was organized by the National Maritime Museum/Wasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, and was circulated by the National Museums of Canada, courtesy of the Embassy of Canada.

Studio Ceramics in Alberta II 1953-1963

September 3, 1983 - October 12, 1983

The second exhibition in a series produced by the Alberta Art Foundation and featuring more than 70 pieces from their collection. Among the artists featured were Luke Lindoe and Wallis Kendal. The number of artists involved with this craft increased considerably in the interval from 1953 to 1963. The exhibition included artworks from students at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Art and the Edmonton Potters' Guild.
This exhibition was prepared by the Alberta Art Foundation.

Western Moments by Len Gibbs

September 6, 1983 - October 23, 1983

A special exhibition that displayed many major works that now belong to private and corporate collections. The thirty paintings on display showed human heritage related to Alberta farming and ranching.

Soup Tureens from the Campbell Museum Collection

September 13, 1983 - October 23, 1983

This exhibition featured 18th and 19th century soup tureens, accompanied by ladles, soup plates and covered bowls from the Campbell Museum in Camden, New Jersey. More than 100 items were on display. The majority of items were made in the eighteenth century in western Europe, where the decorative arts received abundant attention and financial encouragement from the royal families and other great houses. Formal dining during the period was done on a grand scale and with an elegance that is probably unmatched in all history. In many table services, the soup tureen has been the most massive and decorative single object. No other part of the dinner service has lent itself to the unusual and bizarre in form and design as have tureens. They run the gamut from ship to fish, fowl to animals, vegetables and fruits to flowers, and often to a combination of several. They may not all be appetizing and they may not all be objects of beauty but they are often surprising - if not startling - and certainly not dull. As they became fashionable, they became status symbols of monumental size and objects of elaborate decoration for affluent dining tables.

Galapagos: Born of the Sea

September 16, 1983 - October 16, 1983

An exhibition of 53 dramatic and full colour photographs of the rare flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands which showcased pristine seas, lofty volcanoes and exotic wildlife. It was also a statement on the fragile and complex ecosystem of the archipelago, featuring the photographs of Feodor Pitcairn, whose work focussed on the crucial relationship between the islands and the surrounding seas. Most of the wildlife that lives or breeds on the islands depends on the sea for food.
This exhibition was produced by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service.

C. W. Jefferys: Graphic Works

November 1, 1983 - December 4, 1983

A collection of 100 works by one of Canada's foremost historic artists, this exhibition represented the studio work and various source materials which Jefferys used in his prolific career. The six sections of the exhibition featured commercial illustrations, studies, floral sketches, historical works, western sketches, and murals.
The exhibition was organized and circulated by the Red Deer and District Museum, with assistance from Imperial Oil Limited.

Aymara Weaving: Ceremonial Textiles of Colonial and 19th Century Bolivia

November 5, 1983 - January 16, 1984

The ceremonial weavings of the Colonial and 19th century Aymara Indians of Bolivia were the last reflection of an extraordinary textile tradition that flourished in the Lake Titicaca Basin Plateau for more than 3000 years. While other indigenous artistic traditions declined after the Spanish conquest in 1532, Aymara weaving techniques, designs, colours and forms remained intact until the end of the 19th century. The Aymara bred alpaca for their silky fibres that were spun into exceptionally fine yarns. One of the great achievements of the Aymara was the development of a sophisticated dye technology which produced a startling array of colours. The combination of natural dyes, shiny alpaca yarns, and a large range of warp-faced weaves yielded the elegant cloth that the Aymara used for their ceremonial garments. The exhibition featured the various forms of Aymara ceremonial textiles and traced their historic development from pre-Hispanic times.
The exhibition was organized by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibitions Service.

Ketubah: The Jewish Marriage Contract

November 9, 1983 - January 16, 1984

International collection of illuminated marriage contracts mainly drawn from the Cecil Roth Collection, Beth Tzedec Museum, Toronto. Drawn from the Talmud in accordance with Jewish law and introduced in 5th century BCE, the Ketubah is a rabbinical legal contract stating the obligations of the husband in marriage, as well as those incumbent upon him at death or divorce. Works selected for this exhibition included some from Italy, India, Russia, France, England, Israel and Afghanistan, as well as contemporary manuscripts from Canada. A highlight among them was a magnificently illuminated 1645 Ketubah from Venice. Italian manuscripts were traditionally designed with architectural embellishments and include flora and fauna motifs. This piece had particularly spectacular peacocks depicted in royal blue with gold plumage.


February 8, 1984 - March 25, 1984

This exhibition used many actual meteorites that have fallen in Alberta, along with numerous photographs and illustrations gathered from sources across North America. It answered questions about the origin of meteorites, their relation to comets, and the effect that they have had on the earth's surface. Produced by the Travelling Exhibitions program of the Provincial Museum, the exhibition subsequently travelled to other museums in Canada.


March 5, 1984 - March 5, 1984

An exhibition illustrated with drawings, photographs and a selection of artifacts found during excavations in Canada.
Produced by Parks Canada.

J. A. Irvine Collection

April 1, 1984 - April 22, 1984

John Alfred Irvine was an avid amateur photographer who lived and worked as a real estate broker in Calgary in the early 1900s. He captured images on more than 500 glass photographic glass plates between 1906 and 1928. Of these 500 photographs, thirty of the most exiting prints were selected for this exhibition. They capture the feeling and spirit of a young and developing province and are at once both historically and sociologically significant. Whether it be a building, a picnic, or a summer camp, J. A. Irvine's photographs provided a glimpse into our past and heritage.
Photographs were from the collections of Latitude 53 Society of Artists.

Changing Views of Children

April 2, 1984 - October 28, 1984

An exhibition of historic children's costume and toys from the 1890s to the 1920s, showing how perceptions of children changed during this interval, as depicted in the way children were dressed. In the 1890s, children wore very elaborate lacy clothing, whereas by the 1920s their clothing allowed for increased freedom of movement, through the advent of rompers for boys and pinafores for girls. The exhibition also included a slide show of children's costumes and period advertising.

James Marshall Drawings

April 23, 1984 - May 21, 1984

During the summer of 1979, the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation commissioned James Marshall, an artist from Medicine Hat, to produce 40 pen and ink drawings of historical buildings in Alberta. These images included detailed renderings of refurbished churches, dilapidated barns, abandoned mine sites, town halls, railway stations, and general stores.

Summer Resort Life in Canada: Two Centuries at Murray Bay

May 11, 1984 - June 11, 1984

A travelling exhibition of artifacts, clothing, furniture, and artworks from La Malbai, Québec.

Vilhemina to Wilhelmina: A Long Journey to a New Life

June 2, 1984 - July 11, 1984

Around 1908, emigrants from Sweden established a congregation near Hay Lakes, Alberta, and built a wooden church reminiscent of their old parish church in Vilhelmina. This exhibition linked the village of Vilhelmina, Sweden, and the Wilhelmina settlement near Edmonton. Throughout the years, some contact has been maintained between descendants of the families in Alberta and Swedenn. The exhibition used photographs and archival documents to show life as it was in Vilhelmina and explored why people decided to leave and begin a new life in Canada.
This exhibition was presented in conjunction with the Swedish Embassy, Ottawa, and the Vasterbotten Museum in Umea, Sweden.

Noritake: Art Deco Porcelains

June 2, 1984 - July 1, 1984

Bright and colourful Art Deco patterns combined with traditional Japanese porcelain decoration in the distinctive ceramics produced by the Noritake company during the 1920s. This exhibition featured 150 examples of these fancy wares. Noritake's approach to design was unique among makers of Japanese export ceramics. Designs were created by a staff in New York, headed by the English designer Cyril Leigh. The ceramics themselves were crafted and hand-painted at the factory in Japan, then shipped back to the United States. The resulting porcelains capture the spirit of Art Deco - simple, sleek forms, bold colours, and stylized motifs. The candy dishes, cake plate, powder puff boxes, vases, and other small decorative pieces in this exhibition were inexpensive when produced, but of unusually high quality.
This exhibition was developed for circulation by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service.

Model Soldiers: History in the Palm of Your Hand

June 8, 1984 - August 12, 1984

Model Soldiers represent history in miniature. As early as 5,000 years ago, soldiers were modelled in miniature, yet only in the last twenty years have they attained international popularity. Once the hobby of princes, model soldiers became commercially available in the 1750s, when they were mass produced using lead or tin cast in engraved slate moulds. These thin figures, known as "flats", had a standard height of 30 mm with horses and equipment scale in proportion. From modest beginnings in Nuremberg, Germany, the industry and hobby spread to France where, in the 1850s, fully rounded models were developed. A standard height of approximately 54 mm was established for these figures, which were sold as toys by Britains Ltd and by their competitors, Mignot of France and Heyde of Germany. Accessories, such as tents and cannons, and figures made in sets, including famous historical characters, broadened the appeal of miniatures. The last three decades have seen many developments in the hobby. Old toy soldiers have become today's antiques, while many new lines of miniature soldiers have appeared. Connoisseur figures are the result of meticulous research and design, and represent the ultimate in model soldiers - the marriage of history and artistic achievement. Scaled down model soldiers of 15 mm or even less are used in "wargaming", an offshoot of the hobby. The exhibition presented the colour, pageantry, and artistry of model soldiers.

The Birds of Jean-Luc Grondin

June 13, 1984 - October 26, 1984

This exhibition featured 35 paintings of birds from eastern Canada by Québec wildlife artist Jean-Luc Grondin. He is noted for his realistic portrayal of birds in their natural habitats. His birds are always shown in movement and in harmony with changing seasons. To the artist they are amazing creatures of colour and form and he finds their variety in flight completely fascinating. Jean-Luc Grondin was born in Beauce County, Québec, in 1938. He received his formal training at the Ecole des Beaux Arts du Québec and later worked as a designer at the Québec Zoological Park. Since 1975, he has devoted himself to painting.
The exhibition was organized by Dr Jean Bédard of the University of Laval, with the financial assistance of the Government of Québec.

Great Horned Owl Diorama

June 13, 1984 - June 13, 1984

The Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) is Alberta's provincial bird. It is easily recognized by its large size, pronounced ear tufts and distinctive hooting. These owls eat small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. Found throughout the province, Great Horned Owls usually breed in late winter or early spring, laying 2-egg clutches in abandonned Red-tailed Hawk nests. The parent owls fiercely defend their nests from intruders, including humans! Museum artist Ludo Bogaert worked on this small diorama of the Great Horned Owl.

Pressed on Paper: Fish Rubbings and Nature Prints

July 1, 1984 - August 26, 1984

The 55 prints of fish, invertebrates and plants represented the work of 26 printmakers from the United States and Canada. Nature prints are produced by applying ink or pigment to a planbt, leaf, fish, shell, rock or other natural object, then placing a piece of paper over the object and rubbing the paper. The result is a striking image that simply and gracefully captures the subtle and graceful beauty of nature.
This exhibition was organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the Nature Printing Society. It was circulated under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service.

Matchsafes: Striking Designs

July 21, 1984 - August 19, 1984

Matches are such a common part of everyday life that it is difficult to imagine a time when they were a new invention. Matchsafes, an exhibition of delightful Victorian miniature containers, displayed the inventiveness and variety that 19th and early 20th century artisans brought to the creation of pocket match holders. The pocket lighter was invented around 1918. The popularity of these containers waned as the public switched to this new invention and the manufacture of matchsafes gradually ceased. With beuaty, skill and charm, the containers which survived evoked in miniature the spirit of a bygone age.
This exhibition was organized and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service (SITES).

West of West: Ancient Monuments in Ireland

August 12, 1984 - October 8, 1984

This photographic exhibition was a comprehensive survey of ancient sites still existing in the landscape of Ireland. Designed to form a record of prehistory from a visual perspective, it included sections on round towers, holy places, mounds, islands, west coast sites, high crosses, and stone designs.
The exhibition was organized by the Cultural Relations Committee of Ireland and the International Program of the National Museums of Canada.

Canadian Nature Art 1985

October 16, 1984 - November 4, 1984

This was the tenth exhibition of works by contemporary Canadian nature artists to be presented on tour by the Canadian Nature Federation and the National Museum of Natural Sciences. It included 42 nature paintings, drawings, and prints by Canadian artists, chosen from some 300 works of art.

Collecting Our Natural Heritage

October 23, 1984 - January 6, 1985

The exhibition explained the "why, where, and how" of collecting specimens from nature, including rocks, fossils, plants, insects, shells, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. It showed typical specimens which had been collected over the years in Manitoba's six biotic or life zones; where and how they were collected, and how they are prepared and preserved for research and exhibit display. Many other specimen from around the world illustrated how extensive and valuable museum collections have become. The displays included fascinating items such as the extinct passenger pigeon, brilliantly coloured tropical butterflies, exotic hardwoods and insects gold, ore and a specialized botany collection.
The exhibition was produced by the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature with the assistance of the Museums Assistance Program of the National Museum of Canada.

Hills and Streams: Landscape Decoration on Chinese Export Blue and White Porcelain

October 30, 1984 - December 16, 1984

Blue and white landscape decorated wares are the most important Chinese export porcelains made for the West and their copies are among the best known of all decorative art objects. This exhibition included 40 excellent examples made between 1750 and 1900 and featuring landscape decoration - Shui Shan or Hills and Streams. Chinese gardens with pavilions and willows, streams with fishermen and boats, and distant hills with pagodas and clouds created an idealized and romantic vision of the Orient that long survived in the popular imagination of the West.
The pieces were from the collections of the China Trade Museum, Milton, Massachusetts, and were circulated under the auspices of the International Exhibition Foundation, Washington, DC.

The 100th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Women's Movement

November 13, 1984 - November 19, 1984

The exhibition included Easter eggs, ceramics, weaving and embroidery. It highlighted the artistic and literary achievements of Ukrainian women.

Grade Three Friendship Quilt

November 25, 1984 - November 25, 1984

This project was inspired by the tradition of signature quilts. The "Ten Dollar Dream" school program examined the isolation of settlers on their farms and the opportunities they had to come together in work and play. Work done by groups of neighbours included threshing, barn-raisings, and quilting bees. Each Grade 3 class participating in the program was given a square of fabric, asked to decorate it, and send it back to the Museum. Contributions to the Museum's quilt arrived through the winter. Schools which contributed squares came from many communities as distant as Swan Hills and Westlock, as well as Edmonton and the surrounding area. During the summer, museum staff members assembled the yellow and green squares into a colourful quilt, displayed in the Museum lobby.

Alberta Christmas

December 1, 1984 - January 7, 1985

Alberta Christmas at the Museum this year illustrated some of the customs and traditions of seven ethnocultural groups that have made Alberta their home. These comprised the Dutch, English, French, Germans, Italians, Scandinavians, and Ukrainians.

The Salt Marsh: A Meeting of Land and Sea

January 15, 1985 - March 24, 1985

Mosaics of mud and grasses, salt marshes are continually being flooded and drained by the ocean tides. Forming a transition between land and sea, they serve as home or nursery to a remarkable variety of life. There are minnows and mosquitoes, leaf hoppers and sandfleas, sea slugs and sand worms. Snug in the mud, clams, mussels and quahogs pump marsh water through their filters. Crabs and shrimp lurk among the ribbons of eel grass. Mammals such as otters, mink, raccoons, muskrats, and fieldmice visit the marsh, but birds are the most visible forms of wildlife. Osprey and great blue herons are drawn by the fish. Canada geese and black ducks depend on chains of marshes linking their wintering and nesting grounds for food and shelter during migration. Visitors learned about these fascinating natural systems and their importance to man and nature in an exhibition produced by the Nova Scotia Museum with the assistance of the National Museums of Canada.

The Seasonal Trade: Holiday Gift and Greeting Cards

January 19, 1985 - February 17, 1985

An exhibition on the history of greeting cards organized by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service. Using 100 original cards, The Seasonal Trade explored the popularization of gift cards during the late 19th century and traced their development into the greeting cards we use today. In the 1880s and 1890s, gift cards displayed increasingly elaborate and novel effects as card manufacturers competed fiercely for the trade. This exhibition featured cards from this interval mounted on satin and velvet, cards decorated with fringes, tassels, ribbons and bows, as well as fold-out cards and some cut in a variety of unusual shapes. Around 1900, when the public began to tire of fanciful cards, calendars and picture postcards became popular. By 1905, the greeting card was introduced, incorporating for the first time space for a hand-written message and a printed greeting with a picture in a folded card format that persists to this day.

A Modern Master of an Ancient Art

April 1, 1985 - April 14, 1985

This exhibition featured a collection of brush paintings by Mr Wang Zihe. The art of Chinese brush painting is approximately 2,000 years old and, although it has gone through changes during its lengthy history, the works of Wang Zihe, one of China's elite group of "master" brush painters, preserve and demonstrate the aesthetic continuity and the original style of this ancient art form. A superb example of the cultural benefits stemming from Alberta's special relationship of cooperation and friendship with its sister-province of Heilongjiang in China, the exhibition of Wang's works was an exciting finale to his three month stay in Alberta, during which he conducted several courses in the art of brush painting. Visitors encountered a rare and unique artistic experience as they viewed an ancient art form re-created by the brush of a modern master.

Highlights in the Search for Ancient Life

April 12, 1985 - June 2, 1985

paleontologists have advanced our understanding of the world of dinosaurs and other ancient life forms. Seventy million years ago, Alberta was on the coastline of a shallow inland sea. The climate was tropical and the landscape teeming with life. Traces of this ancient time can be found throughout the province but particularly in the badlands along the Red Deer River Valley. Finds of partial skeletons, individual bones or even fragments of bones can help to reconstruct life many millions of years ago. The exhibition featured skulls of the huge Albertosaurus backed by paintings of the creature as it might have looked in its tropical home. There was a special section to show how trackways, the footprints of birds and dinosaurs impressed into the mud 130 million years ago, can provide information about the speed, weight and life habits of the creatures. A bonebed of remains of Centrosaurus raised questions about the migrating patters of these horned dinosaurs.

National Wildlife Week

April 12, 1985 - April 14, 1985

The Natural History section of the Provincial Museum and Canadian Wildlife Service presented a variety of exhibitions, demonstrations, films, slide talks and keynote speakers. The theme for this year was "Responsible Stewardship".

Eskimo Dolls

May 14, 1985 - June 23, 1985

This exhibition included 40 dolls representing some of the finest work being done by Eskimo dollmakers. The dolls, fashioned from native plant and animal materials, reflected the cultural traditions and aesthetics of each locale. The exhibition included photographs of the 18 dollmakers whose works were represented, information on the events and activities the dolls depict, as well as a list of materials used in making each doll. Old whalebone, walrus ivory, feathers, seeds, caribou skin, and seal skin are among the most common materials. The dolls in the exhibition are contemporary examples of a traditional art form that dates back at least 2,000 years.
The exhibition was circulated by the Visual Arts Resources of the University of Oregon Museum of Art. It was produced by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, through a cooperative agreement with the Native Crafts Program of the Alaska Native Foundation.
The exhibition also included a selection of Inuit prints provided by members of Edmonton's Inuit Art Enthusiasts. The prints were selected especially because of their portrayal of Canadian Inuit costumes to supplement the fine costuming of the dolls.

Alberta Quilts

June 11, 1985 - August 12, 1985

Thirty quilts were selected from 300 viewed to create this important and colourful exhibition of folk art. The quilts selected were all made within Alberta during the present (20th) century. It included the work of rural and urban women, group and individual projects, and a variety of shapes, colours, patterns, and fabrics. The exhibition was a co-operative effort of the Provincial Museum, the Muttart Art Gallery of Calgary, and the quilters of Alberta.

Parks and People: In Commemoration of Parks Canada's Centennial

July 3, 1985 - October 31, 1985

The exhibition, produced by the Provincial Museum, celebrated 100 years of summer recreation in Alberta's national parks. Banff and Jasper national parks have been world famous ski resorts since 1930. These mountain parks have played an important role in the history of outdoor summer recreation through such activities as swimming in the hot springs, trail riding, mountain climbing, and hiking. Various scenes, complete with mannequins dressed in appropriate historical outfits, traced the development and changes in recreational activities, equipment and costumes spanning the years 1885 to 1985. The exhibition also explored the conflict between those who wish to enjoy unspoiled wilderness and those who wish to incorporate modern conveniences into their recreational activities. Wilderness activities, such as back-country hiking and camping, require few or no facilities, while automobile-based activities require parking lots, roads, and other facilities which can cause dramatic environmental change. In recent years, the number of visitors has had a cumulative effect on the wilderness. The Parks and People exhibition showed some of the decisions park managers must make regarding the ideal degree of public access for the parks of tomorrow.

Black Culture

August 1, 1985 - September 2, 1985

The Black Women's Association of Alberta Cultural Communications Centre presented a cultural display featuring African, Afro-Caribbean, and local Black Canadian art.

Sámi Dáidda: The Art and Craft of the Laplanders

August 27, 1985 - November 30, 1985

This exhibition traced the development of art and craft in the material culture of the Sámi or Lapland people of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. A variety of excellent material was exhibited, including shamanic objects, clothing tools, reindeer harness, carved reindeer antler, and many other items. Soft rounded forms, abstract patterns, symbols, and highly stylized pictures of animals and men are characteristic of Sámi crafts. The majority of the most impressive pieces, such as the intricately designed spoons and knives, were made of reindeer antler or bone.
The exhibition featured objects from the Nordic Arts Centre of Helsinki, Finland, and was circulated by the International Program of the National Museums of Canada.

One with the Earth

September 6, 1985 - November 24, 1985

An exhibition of American Indian art that contained over 100 traditional and contemporary objects, including sculptures, beadwork, ceramics, rugs, basketry, and paintings. It was intended to provide an overview of contemporary Native American art.
The works of art in the exhibition were from the collections of the American Indian Arts Museum of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington, DC.

Habitat Artists' Art

September 20, 1985 - January 5, 1986

Six artists who have worked on the Provincial Museum's habitat dioramas had a special exhibition to help celebrate the completion of the Habitat Gallery. The artists featured in the exhibition were Ludo Bogaert, Ralph Carlson, Tom Taylor, Vivian Thierfelder, Terry Thormin, and Clarence Tillenius. Each artist selected a series of their own paintings for the show.

Completion of Habitat Gallery

September 20, 1985 - September 20, 1985

This date marked the completion of one of the Provincial Museum's most successful and popular galleries, the Habitat Gallery, which had been a benchmark for the visiting public for 18 years. Since its modest beginnings in 1967 with the Pronghorn and Moose habitat groups, 16 additional dioramas had been opened. These depict characteristic wildlife from the four major natural regions of Alberta: Prairies, Parkland, Mountains, and Boreal Forest.. Each diorama represented a living landscape as viewed from a specific place in Alberta.

Wolves and Bison Habitat Group

September 20, 1985 - September 20, 1985

The last diorama completed depicted Wolves and Bison in Wood Buffalo National Park in northeast Alberta. The background painting was done by Museum artist Ralph Carson.

South of Winter: Scenes from Aransas Wildlife Refuge

November 9, 1985 - December 8, 1985

The Aransas Wildlife Refuge, on the Gulf Coast of Texas, is best known as the winter home of the Whooping Crane, North America's most famous endangered species. But the region of beaches, bays, savannas, and marshes is home to a variety of wildlife. The importance and beauty of the region was revealed in this exhibition of outstanding colour photographs by Steve Wilson and Karen Hayden. From delicate butterflies to lumbering alligators, the lives of the varied residents of Aransas were portrayed. Above all, the images conveyed an impression of the tumult and flurry of nature and the constant activity of the wildlife - prairie chickens mating, spiders hunting, hawks in full dive towards their prey, egrets in an aerial altercation. These images were contrasted with peaceful pictures of the forest canopy at dusk, birds framed by the setting sun, the crescent moon over a settling flock. Since 1952, when the Whooping Crane population was at an all-time low of 21, the species has rebounded to over 150 at the last count. This success story is mirrored by the overall abundance of wildlife at Aransas.
The exhibition was organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and was circulated by the Smithsonian Travelling Exhibition Service.

Christmas Cheer With An International Flavour

December 1, 1985 - January 5, 1986

Christmas at the Museum this year illustrated some of the customs and traditions of seven ethnocultural groups that have made Alberta their home. These included the Dutch, Germans, French, English, Italians, and Ukrainians. Seven community groups provided displays, gave musical and dance performances, and provided demonstrations of traditional crafts. A typical Alberta Settler's Christmas was portrayed in a display by the Friends of the Museum.

Gallery of the Dolls

December 18, 1985 - February 28, 1986

Gallery of the Dolls included more than 120 dolls and dollhouses from the 1860s to 1985. The dolls illustrated several themes including: Victorian and Edwardian fashion dolls, baby dolls, Oriental dolls, Kewpie dolls, character dolls, storybook dolls, Barbie dolls, Star Wars dolls, function-performing dolls, military dolls, and advertising dolls. Dolls were made from a wide variety of materials including wax, bisque, parian, china, composition, celluloid, rubber, and plastic. The exhibition explored the technological developments in doll manufacturing and the cultural changes in society as reflected in dolls. Dollhouses on display included several interesting and creative examples made by local miniaturists in Edmonton and surrounding area. The members of the Doll Club of Edmonton, the miniature Enthusiasts of Edmonton, and the St Albert Miniature Enthusiasts loaned items for this exhibition.


January 14, 1987 - March 1, 1987

Thirty-six watercolour paintings by Sveva Caetani formed a narrative of the artist's own life.

Helping Ourselves: Crafts of the Grenfell Mission

January 23, 1987 - April 5, 1987

This exhibition featured handcrafts produced by the people of northern Newfoundland and coastal Labrador.
Produced by the Newfoundland Museum.

Black History Month '87

February 1, 1987 - February 28, 1987

This exhibition included artifacts from Africa, works by Manitoba artists, local crafts, artifacts provided by the Association Haitienne d'Edmonton, and a variety of local art and historical items.

Unfamiliar Fauna of the Open Sea

February 8, 1987 - March 8, 1987

This exhibition of colour photographs revealed the beauty and diversity of life in the open sea.
Produced by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service.

International Wildlife Posters

February 18, 1987 - February 18, 1987

Twenty-four posters from the Environment Council of Alberta collections revealed the worldwide concern for wildlife conservation.

One Hundred Years of Canadian Hungarian History

February 21, 1987 - March 22, 1987

An exhibition of photographs and historical documents which represented the history of Canadian Hungarians and their contributions to Canada.

Freedom of the Road: Bicycles in Western Canada Since 1860

March 12, 1987 - June 14, 1987

Each year, spring is marked by the return of bicycles to our streets, playgrounds, and highways. The Museum celebrated the end of winter with an exhibition that includes about 30 bicycles, from the oldest (1869) bike in western Canada, a boneshaker made in Barkerville, to the fastest bike (1986) in Canada, winner of Canadian world hour time trial record. Cycling clothing, accessories, and dozens of historical photographs told the social and technological history of the bicycle in western Canada. The exhibition also included sections on early bicycle designs, mechanical developments, children's bikes, "working" bikes, and the history of touring and racing in Alberta.

Chinese Export Porcelain in Canada

March 17, 1987 - May 17, 1987

This exhibition followed the story of Chinese export porcelain from its manufacture in China, to its use in the homes of Canadian pioneers, to its influence on contemporary porcelain design.

National Wildlife Week Children's Posters

April 1, 1987 - May 3, 1987

Each year school children in Alberta participate in a poster show for National Wildlife Week. During April, selected posters were exhibited at the Museum. This year's theme was "Wildlife Needs You".

Third Edmonton National Wildlife Week Festival

April 10, 1987 - April 12, 1987

These events reviewed the role of the public in conservation and preservation of wildlife and emphasized the centennial celebration of the conservation movement in Canada. More than twenty wildlife organizations presented displays, films, and activities, and an exhibit of wildlife photographs.

Wolves: Myth and Reality

April 10, 1987 - December 31, 1987

Few animals have had such a powerful influence on the human imagination as the wolf. This exhibition looked at wolves, their habitats and their relationships with people. It was designed to help answer the question "What is a wolf?", and was held in conjunction with the Third Edmonton National Wildlife Week Festival. The exhibition looked at the wolf as depicted in European tales and also featured North American Native images of the wolf, using masks from the Northwest coast. The visitor heard the "language" of wolves in the "Howling Booth". Some of the tools used in tracking wolves, including a trap, radio collar, and antenna, were on display, as well as full size pelts, which visitors were invited to touch.

National Association for Photographic Arts

April 16, 1987 - June 14, 1987

Thirty prints showing the best of the National Association for Photographic Arts Nature Prints contest.

The Art of the Needle

June 25, 1987 - October 24, 1987

From historical to contemporary, everyday to the unusual, The Art of the Needle had something for all tastes. Co-sponsored by the Edmonton Needlecraft Guild, this exhibition featured the needlework of Alberta. Historic textiles and garments ranged from everyday items, such as embroidered towels, tea cloths, and pillow shams, to a letter holder and rarely seen corset bag. Women's garments included a richly embroidered tea gown, delicate camisoles, and blouses from the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, and children's clothing featured an early christening gown from Ireland, dresses, and rompers. The pieces represented a wide range of needlework techniques: broderie anglaise, cutwork, cross-stich, chenille work, metallic embroidery, drawn thread work, smocking, and huck work. A Victorian crazy quilt of the 1880s in basic black velvet introduced the show. Embellished with brilliantly coloured embroidery, petit point, ribbonwork, and couched metal thread work, it displayed the art of the needle to a high degree. Each item in this exhibition of needlework, from moosehair trinket box to richly embroidered tea gown, demonstrated imaginative use of materials and outstanding workmanship. Twenty-four art pieces, including some spectacular ecclesiastical vestments, displayed the contemporary application of materials and techniques.

Harry Pollard's World

July 1, 1987 - August 15, 1987

This exhibition highlighted some of the outstanding international photography of Harry Pollard (1880 - 1968). The 60 prints on display were part of a 12,000 images collection and were produced from original Pollard negatives. These are in the Provincial Archives of Alberta's photographic collection.

Polish Arts and Crafts

September 1, 1987 - November 1, 1987

To promote an understanding of the cultural heritage of Alberta's Polish community, the Polish Canadian Community of Edmonton proudly presented an exhibition of arts, crafts and jewelry at the Museum. Most of the items on display were from private collections of Albertans of Polish origin, and some were loaned by the artists themselves.

Arpilleras - Contemporary Chilean Folk Art

September 14, 1987 - September 27, 1987

Arpilleras are examples of a recently evolved folk art in which pieces of cloth are formed into appropriate shapes and sewn to burlap to create scenes or stories. The scenes they depict form a political, social, and personal commentary on life in Chile today. Arpilleras portray the sorrow, the hunger, the disenchantment of life today, but also the hope and commitment for a better tomorrow. The exhibition was also a tribute to the hundreds of women and men of Chile who had learned during the past decade to create pieces of art from virtually nothing. Along with the arpilleras were short selections from the works of two Nobel Prize winning Chilean writers, Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda.

Long Legged Wading Birds

October 1, 1987 - November 22, 1987

Long Legged Wading Birds featured images by the American photographer Philip Loring Greene. These striking colour photographs were the culmination of four years of field study. Together with the thoughtful text, they provided an intimate view of some of the more common as well as the less known members of these species. Included in the exhibition were the Great, Snowy, Cattle, and Reddish Egrets; Great Blue, Little Blue, Green Backed; Tricoloured, and Black-crowned Night Herons; White Ibis and Roseate Spoonbill.

Grey Nuns: 250th Anniversary Exhibit

October 15, 1987 - November 15, 1987

In 1987, the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, the "Grey Nuns", celebrated their 250th anniversary. To honour the event, historical garments and photographs, donated to the Museum by the Grey Nuns, were exhibited.

Alberta Remembers

October 29, 1987 - November 22, 1987

Alberta Remembers was a special exhibition commemorating the service of all Albertans and their association with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces. The display included uniforms and equipment of the 49th Battalion and the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, including some on loan from the Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum. The most significant artifact was the actual bugle which sounded the cease fire at Mons, Belgium, at 11:00 am on November 11, 1918, heralding the end of the First World War.

Leonardo Da Vinci: Engineer and Architect

November 22, 1987 - January 17, 1988

Museum visitors were able to view examples of the genius of Leonardo, a master of the Renaissance. Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 - 1519) was a dominant figure in the arts during the Italian Renaissance and was also one of the most prolific inventors of all time. Leonardo was immersed in the Renaissance tradition of artist, engineer, and architect whose real training was the workshop. He studied and working in almost every field of engineering. This exhibition featured several models which had been constructed according to drawings by Leonardo. It also included video demonstrations showing how the models worked.
This exhibition was prepared by the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. It complemented the Alberta Engineering Centennial Committee celebrations.

Antique English Coffee Pots

November 25, 1987 - January 2, 1988

This exhibition included fifty coffee pots and related accessories from the Folger Coffee Collection. The Collection spanned the 125 year period from shortly after the introduction of coffee in the British Isles to the time when mass production began to replace the painstaking efforts of individual craftsmen. Each piece was a superb example of English silversmithing, chosen for fine craftsmanship, excellent condition, and the reputation of the creator. Spanning the reigns of four English monarchs, the coffee pots reflected a progression of styles from basic simplicity through rococo ornateness, and finally to the classically-inspired forms of later times.
The exhibition was circulated by The Proctor & Gamble Company, which was celebrating its 150th birthday, and was brought to Alberta by Proctor & Gamble Cellulose of Grande Prairie.

Christmas at the Museum

December 1, 1987 - December 31, 1987

Visitors were invited to share some traditions in an old fashioned celebration of the Christmas season. The focus this year was on light and its importance different ethnocultural communities' celebration of Christmas. One of the most beloved symbols of childhood, the teddy bear, played a major role in the celebrations. An exhibition presented Teddy "friends" belonging to Museum staff, Friends of the Museum, loans from retail outlets, and the Museum's own collection.

Cowichan Knitting

January 13, 1988 - March 13, 1988

This exhibition was the first to focus entirely on this Northwest Coast tradition and showed the work of the Cowichan band of southwest Vancouver Island, in addition to presenting the work of other Salish people. The Cowichan people have been preparing raw wool to knit their unique sweaters and other garments since the late 1800s. Because of the great popularity of their handiwork, imitations have been produced and marketed in recent years. Despite this competition, the Cowichan knitters continue to produce the garments of high quality which have made them famous.

Ancient Chinese Bronzes

January 21, 1988 - March 22, 1988

The People's Republic of China is the homeland to one of the world's oldest civilizations, one which has left a vast legacy of ancient cultural artifacts. Significant among these artifacts are bronzes, from which an enormous amount of information can be deduced about the society that produced them. The Beijing Palace Museum of Beijing, China, has a large collection of these ancient bronzes. Thirty-two reproduction pieces were chosen for the exhibition as examples of the best bronzes from the Shang Dynasties (16th to 11th centuries BC) to the Tang Dynasties (9th to 6th centuries BC). The bronzes, with their beautiful shapes, variety of design, intricate decorations, and superb craftsmanship, are a tribute not only to the history of China but to her people as well.

Unlike the Lilies: Doukhobor Textiles and Tools

January 28, 1988 - March 13, 1988

This exhibition of colourful textiles and tools was the first thorough examination of the rich textile tradition of the Doukhobor community of North America. The Doukhobors are a group of Russian dissenters from the Orthodox Church, many of whom now live in western Canada, in British Columbia and southwest Alberta.

Wildlife Week Festival

February 3, 1988 - March 31, 1988

Events associated with the Fourth Annual Wildlife Week (April 8 to 10 1988) included an exhibition of an international collection of posters pertaining to wetland and habitat conservation throughout the world. Conservation is a global concern, all too often we know nothing about the efforts being made elsewhere to conserve our natural heritage. The exhibition was a co-operative undertaking between the Environment Council of Alberta and the Provincial Museum of Alberta. The theme for Wildlife Week was "Wildlife Needs Your Help".

China to Alberta: The Long Journey

February 13, 1988 - March 17, 1988


The Third Eye

March 23, 1988 - May 15, 1988

Curators in art galleries or museums are often faced with the problems of authenticating works of art without destroying a potentially priceless historic piece. To assist them in this process, a "third eye" has been created by scientists that helps the researcher to unlock and relate the many secrets that are often hidden in even the most humble of objects. The Third Eye explained some of the scientific techniques used in this type of investigation. Graphic displays and numerous old or questionable artifacts were used to illustrate how the conservator often acts as the liaison between curator and scientist. The exhibition showed the use of such non-destructive tools as infrared and ultraviolet photography, x-radiography, thermoluminescence, and neutron activation analysis in establishing some fascinating discoveries. The Third Eye was prepared with the co-operation of the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology and assistance from the Museum Assistance Program, National Museums of Canada.

National Wildlife Week Posters

April 5, 1988 - May 31, 1988

Each year, the young people of Alberta are asked to submit posters which present the theme of Wildlife Week. This year participation was organized through groups such as the 4-H Clubs, Scouts, Guides, and Junior Forest Wardens. Once again, as many entries as possible were selected for exhibition at the Museum. The theme for 1988 was "Wildlife Needs Your Help".


National Association for Photographic Art

April 12, 1988 - June 12, 1988

Thirty prints showing the best of the National Association for Photographic Arts Nature Prints contest.

Western Canada Waterfowl and Wildfowl Decoy Carving Competition

April 12, 1988 - April 24, 1988

Held in conjunction with National Wildlife Week and sponsored by the Edmonton Decoy Carving Association.

A Decade of Quilting

April 16, 1988 - May 29, 1988

The exhibition featured antique quilts, depression quilts, and modern quilts. It also included clothing and other quilt-related art objects. Visitors were able to view many beautiful patterns, which have their roots deep in pioneer Canada and Alberta. A Decade of Quilting was sponsored jointly by the Provincial Museum of Alberta and the Edmonton & District Quilters Guild.

Crossing the River: A History of Alberta Ferries

May 4, 1988 - June 19, 1988

Crossing the River looked at the history of ferries in Alberta from their inception in 1877 to their peak in 1919, as well as their present use by Alberta Transportation. Visitors were able to see examples of ferries used privately, commercially, and as part of the provincial road system. In one part of the display, visitors discovered how a ferry was steered across a river.
Produced by the Provincial Museum of Alberta and funded by a grant from the Museum Assistance Program of the Department of Communications.

Traces of the Past

May 19, 1988 - May 19, 1988

The Museum's new Fossil Gallery provided a fascinating glimpse of woolly mammoths, giant bison, sabretoothed cats and life-size models of dinosaurs, including the Albertosaurus. The gallery opened windows to the past with fossils, models and illustrations from the Ice Age and the Age of Dinosaurs.

Stories in Stone: Sculptures from Northern Quebec and Western Kenya

June 1, 1988 - July 10, 1988

Stories in Stone featured the work of many prominent sculptors from northern Quebec and the Kisii district of Kenya. Seventy pieces illustrated the diversity of contemporary artistic expression in each society and revealed themes common to both. Emphasis was placed on the narrative function of sculpture, on visual representations of myths, legends, animal lore, and traditional ways. Carving, an old activity in the two societies, has acquired new cultural significance in response to the transformations that travel, television, and other northern influences have brought about. Stories in Stone was produced to create an increased awareness of indigenous arts, an understanding of the distinctive features of Inuit and African cultures, and an appreciation of these concerns which are shared by people around the world.

Theatre of Empire: 300 Years of Maps of the Maritimes

June 18, 1988 - August 16, 1988

Theatre of Empire, an exhibit produced and circulated by the New Brunswick Museum, presented 56 maps that depict the Maritimes over approximately a 300-year period, from the middle of the 16th century to about 1850. The maps demonstrate how knowledge gathered by explorers, surveyors, and settlers was translated into the language of the cartographer. The exhibition showed how maps can be used to interpret the impact that exploration and settlement of the Maritimes had on the development of Canada to 1850.

Peter Lipinski: Ukrainian Church Painter of Alberta

June 30, 1988 - July 31, 1988

Peter Lipinski was probably the most prolific church artist in Alberta, having painted nearly 50 churches during his lifetime. This year was not only the millennium of Christianity in Ukraine, it was also the centenary of Peter Lipinksi's birth. The exhibition featured photographs of the artwork of Mr Lipinski.

Taking Root: Canada from 1700 to 1760

July 7, 1988 - August 14, 1988

This exhibition presented an outline of Canada's history between 1700 and 1760 using 111 reproductions of archival records from 29 Canadian, American and European institutions. It included maps, engravings, paintings, seals, medals, manuscripts, and printed material. The exhibition explored seven themes: exploration and discovery, population and settlement, government, wars, economy, society, and religion. Taking Root was the second exhibition produced by the National Archives of Canada in the series entitled Records of Our History.

Olympic Collection

August 1, 1988 - August 31, 1988

The Winter Olympics were held in Calgary in February 1988. The Provincial Museum of Alberta received from PetroCanada an official Olympic torch and a series of photographs of its journey across Canada. In addition, the Olympic Secretariat made a generous donation of a series of 12 framed posters autographed by each athlete featured, as well as various articles of Olympic apparel.

Chinese Photographic Society of Alberta

August 20, 1988 - September 8, 1988

The first anniversary of the Chinese Photographic Society of Alberta was celebrated in a display of photographs taken around the world, many of which have won prizes in international competitions. The exhibition included photographs of Canadian and Chinese landscapes, with scenes of rice fields in China juxtaposed with more familiar images of Alberta. Visitors were able to see the diversity and beauty of the two environments, and appreciate the skills of photographic composition and developing techniques.

Watercolours by Cai Jiang-Bai

August 20, 1988 - September 11, 1988

Born in Shanghai, China, Cai Jiang-Bai began his career at the Shanghai Fine Arts College in 1957. Cai started painting with oils, concentrating on characteristics of traditional Chinese painting. After 10 years, he began to paint in watercolours. This began a significant period in Cai's maturity as a painter. Cai met English painters living in Chin who introduced him to their style of form and colour. After years of experimentation, Cai blended his knowledge and skill in classical Chinese painting with the more abstract English style. The artist's work is a refinement of that blended process. Cai Jiang-Bai paints as well as instructs in watercolour in Shanghai.

Qu Ru Miniatures

September 8, 1988 - September 8, 1988


Northwind Dreaming: Fort Chipewan 1788 - 1988

September 23, 1988 - September 4, 1989

Fort Chipewyan is a settlement of about 1,500 people on the shores of Lake Athabasca in the northeast corner of Alberta. Its people include Chipewyan and Cree Indians, French and Scots Métis, and a scattering of non-Natives. In 1988, Fort Chipewyan celebrated its 200th anniversary. Fort Chipewyan has been occupied continuously since 1788, making it the oldest settlement in Alberta and one of the oldest in western Canada. During the 19th century, it was the informal fur trade capital of the northwest, the hub of trade for the Peace, Slave, and Mackenzie River systems. Although its fur trade prominence has diminished, it is still a diverse and thriving community. Northwind Dreaming included the oldest ethnographic materials from Fort Chipewyan, including moccasins, toboggan models, and other artifacts which the Hudson's Bay Company factor Robert Campbell sent to the Royal Museum of Scotland in 1859. Examples of exquisite needlework done by Aboriginal and Métis women of the region were displayed, as well as more mundane evidence of the hunting, fishing, trapping, and wage labour base of the community. Full-size dioramas helped visitors imagine life in earlier years.
Many organizations and individuals were involved in the development of this exhibition, including the Boreal Institute for Northern Studies and the Canadian Museums Association.

The Fort Chipewan Breakfast Club

September 23, 1988 - October 1, 1988

Paintings celebrating Fort Chipewyan and its people by Jane Ash Poitras. Edmonton artist Jane Ash Poitras was born in Fort Chipewyan where she spent the first few years of her life. She is the daughter of a descendant of one of Peter Pond's men and his Chipewyan wife. Poitras later moved to Edmonton but she has since returned to Fort Chipewyan on many occasions and identifies strongly with the community and its people. This major art show was her personal celebration of its bicentennial, featuring her bold and colourful interpretation of the ordinary events in the lives of Fort Chipewyan people, past and present. The exhibition was named for her painting of sled dogs waiting to be fed.

From Terra Incognita to the Prairie West

October 1, 1988 - November 13, 1988

From Terra Incognita to the Prairie West included about 40 maps which depict the history of western Canada from 1566, when Alberta was only a part of the vast unexplored area between two roughly sketched rivers, to the present. The maps were acquired for the exhibit by the Friends of Geographical Names of Alberta and came from several sources including the Hudson's Bay Company Archives, the National Archives of Canada, the City of Edmonton Archives, and the University of Alberta Map Collection. Among the men whose maps were included are Peter Fidler, John Palliser, Thomas Jefferys, and John Arrowsmith. The maps were selected to reveal changing knowledge of the geography of the region, as well as information about geology, economic growth, and cultural changes.

Tkanyna: An Exhibit of Ukrainian Weaving

October 7, 1988 - March 26, 1989

This exhibition focussed on the history of traditional Ukrainian weaving from its roots in Ukraine to the settlement of east central Alberta from 1890 to 1930. Named "Tkanyna", a word meaning "weaving" in Ukrainian, the exhibition illustrated the variety of weaving patterns in clothing, wall tapestries or benchcovers, and ceremonial pieces. A collection of tools displayed traditional spinning, carding, and weaving techniques.
This exhibition was prepared jointly by the Provincial Museum of Alberta and the Historic Sites Service.

Czechoslovak Cultural Exhibit

October 7, 1988 - October 7, 1988


Ship Models

October 22, 1988 - October 23, 1988

Presented by the Edmonton Ship Model Society, this display featured more than 50 model ships from various historical periods. It included a scale replica of the Wasa, the Swedish warship that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628, as well as the Bluenose, and the Canadian aircraft carrier Bonaventure. Ships in bottles and miniature (1:1500 scale) merchant ships and warships were also on display, as well as two ships from the International Ship Model Exhibition in Ottawa. Members of the Society were on hand to demonstrate ship model construction methods.

Alberta Remembers

October 27, 1988 - November 23, 1988

A tribute to the Albertans who lost their lives in the military service of their country. The exhibition featured Army, Navy and Air Force uniforms, as well as medals awarded to Albertans from the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. More than 9,000 Albertans were killed in these conflicts. As a special feature, the original Victoria Cross and other medals awarded to John Chipman Kerr of Edmonton's famous 49th Battalion were on display, courtesy of the Canadian War Museum.

A Child's Christmas at the Museum

November 27, 1988 - January 15, 1989

The theme for Christmas 1988 was "traditions of the season from the perspective of the child". Traditions of some of Edmonton's ethnocultural communities were featured in displays decorated by volunteers from each group. Among those taking part were members of the Spanish-speaking,, German, Scandinavian, Italian, Ukrainian, Jewish, English and Dutch communities. An exhibition of toys or other gifts one might find under a tree or in a stocking. They included a working model train, mechanical banks, dolls and doll houses, and exquisitely detailed miniature clothing. Some were from the Museum's own collections, but others were loaned by local collectors and craftspeople.

Images of Alberta

January 19, 1989 - February 19, 1989

Photographs of wildlife, flora, landscapes and people of Alberta by the Images Alberta Camera Club.

C. W. Mathers' Vision

January 21, 1989 - April 2, 1989

Photographs by Edmonton's first resident photographer, Charles W. Mathers (1968 - 1950). Not only was Mathers active as a portrait and commercial photographer in Edmonton between 1893 and 1905, he travelled regularly throughout the region photographing a wide variety of scenes and people. He even made an historic journey up the Mackenzie River in 1901 and became the first professional photographer to photograph the Inuit people. This exhibition, prepared by the Provincial Archives of Alberta, was the first examination of Mathers' life and work. It was divided into nine themes: urban views, Native peoples, industry, the Klondike years, farming, the northern trip, the Yellowhead trip. and finally the Vancouver years. The exhibition featured a combination of vintage images printed by Mathers himself and modern high-quality enlargements from the original glass plate negatives. Also displayed were a selection of Mathers' photographic albums and copies of his eight publications dealing with Edmonton and the far north.

Forests, A Shared Resource

February 23, 1989 - April 2, 1989

This exhibition featured winning entries from an Alberta photo competition on Canada's forests. A selection of thirty photographs, including Alberta winners qualifying for a Canada-wide competition, promoted public awareness of provincial and national forests. The competition, sponsored by the Canadian Forestry Association, comprised a series of provincial contests. Photographs illustrated forest harvesting or forest products, recreation, wildlife, or forest landscapes, including historically and biologically significant trees in Alberta.

Western Canada Waterfowl and Wildfowl Decoy Carving Competition

March 7, 1989 - March 19, 1989

Sponsored by the Edmonton Decoy Carving Association, formed in 1987. Several entries were exhibited following the judging, with winners in each class highlighted.

National Association for Photographic Art

April 6, 1989 - May 28, 1989

Thirty prints showing the best of the National Association for Photographic Arts Nature Prints contest, held in conjunction with National Wildlife Week. The images captured the beauty and diversity of plants and wildlife of Alberta. They provided unusual, close-up views of nature as seen through photographers' eyes.

Children's Poster Exhibit

April 11, 1989 - May 28, 1989

Following National Wildlife Week's theme of habitat and wetland conservation, members of the Junior Forest Wardens program designed posters which were displayed at the Museum.

Edmonton National Wildlife Week Festival

April 14, 1989 - April 16, 1989

Visitors had the opportunity to learn about bird conservation, listen to the sounds of birds during the breeding season, and make animal footprints. Almost 40 organizations participated in the weekend of activities.

Arabic Calligraphy and Miniature Writing

April 29, 1989 - June 25, 1989

The exhibition featured the work of Fares Malaeb, focussing on Arabic calligraphy and miniature writing. Some of Mr Malaeb's accomplishments included engraving 40 words on a sesame seed and 200 on a grain of rice. He carved a map of Canada and the national anthem on a piece of silver the size of a grain of rice. His talents had also been shown in many devotional wall hangings.

Blood from Stone

June 5, 1989 - July 17, 1989

Blood from Stone focussed on the methods and techniques by which raw materials are fashioned into useful stone implements. It explored recent developments in archaeological research that enable the reconstruction of stone tool manufacture and use patterns. Specimens on display ranged from utilitarian implements to ceremonial items that can be considered works of art. The material culture of prehistoric Aboriginal societies throughout North America included many artifacts that were fashioned either of stone or by stone tools.
This exhibition was produced by the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.

Ernst Bollhorn Drawings

June 7, 1989 - August 7, 1989

An exhibition of more than 30 drawings of historical buildings and scenes in Alberta by Red Deer artist Ernst Bollhorn. Mr Bollhorn learned to draw as a student in Germany but he ignored his talent from the age of 20 until his retirement in 1982. At that time, his children bought him a drawing table. Although it took several years before he became inspired, Mr Bollhorn was an avid artist since 1986. His work has been exhibited at several Alberta museums and historical societies, and pieces are included in the Alberta Art Foundation and private collections.

The Royal Visit, 1939

July 1, 1989 - September 4, 1989

The Royal Visit, 1939 commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Royal couple's stop in Edmonton. All of Canada was thrilled by the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the first reigning monarchs to visit North America. Presented by the Royal Visit Committee, a group of interested Edmontonians in co-operation with the Musée Héritage, the exhibition included a video of the entire North American tour, personal and archival photographs, newspaper articles, artifacts, and memorabilia of this exciting event.
While air travel and television have made the British Royal Family familiar to us today, in 1939, the Royal couple's visit was a momentous occasion. People thronged to catch a glimpse of them as they crossed the country by train. They arrived in Edmonton on June 2 by Canadian National Railway from Jasper. Portage Avenue (renamed Kingsway for the event) was bedecked in red, white, and blue bunting and crowns. Grandstands were set up the length of the Avenue. The King and Queen travelled a 21-km route through the city in a specially made McLaughlin Buick and to the Legislature, where they met Premier and Mrs Aberhart. Their visit ended with a parliamentary dinner at the Hotel MacDonald.

Chinese Photographic Society of Alberta

September 10, 1989 - September 10, 1989

Through an artistic and professional presentation of photographs, the Chinese Photographic Society of Alberta fostered an appreciation of ethnic cultures and enhanced immigrants' understanding of Alberta. Juxtaposing prairie fields with rice fields, these Alberta photographs displayed the diversity and beauty of both the Canadian and Chinese environments.

All Aboard the N.A.R.

September 15, 1989 - October 9, 1989

The Northern Alberta Railway (N.A.R.) was a life-line to many people for over 50 years. It consisted of two main branches heading out from Edmonton. The western branch terminated at Hines Creek in northwest Alberta, while the eastern branch terminated at Waterways, near Fort McMurray. Many towns in northern Alberta owed their origin and prosperity to the N.A.R. From 1929 to 1979, it conveyed fright, commodities and passengers through muskeg and sparsely settled areas in all extremes of weather and hazardous track conditions.
A small travelling exhibition produced by the Provincial Museum of Alberta with funding from the Museum Assistance Program, Communications Canada. It included artifacts and photographs from the Provincial Museum, the Alberta Pioneer Railway Museum, the Provincial Archives of Alberta, the Fort Edmonton Historical Society, and private collections.

Your Will Be Done On Earth

September 16, 1989 - October 15, 1989

A 100-foot long mural created under the direction of Hank Zyp by the students of St Joseph Catholic High School for the 100th anniversary of the Edmonton Catholic School District. It portrayed 150 people from many cultures who have worked for peace and justice between peoples.

Reefs: Fossils, Skeletons, and Shimmering Life

September 21, 1989 - December 17, 1989

Ancient and living reefs were the subject of this exhibition which displayed about 100 examples of invertebrate fossils and modern coral and marine specimens. Spectacular colour photographs of living reefs enhanced the exhibition. Fossil reefs are found throughout Alberta and form reservoirs for oil and natural gas. Understanding these ancient reefs, how they were formed, and what formed them is a concern for geologists. To better understand fossil reefs, they study living examples, their structures, and the organisms that build them.
This travelling exhibition was prepared jointly by the Provincial Museum of Alberta and the University of Alberta Palaeontological Collections with a grant from the Museums Assistance Program, Communications Canada.

Ahimsa: Gandhi's Life and Teaching

September 23, 1989 - October 29, 1989

Sponsored by the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace, the exhibition was a pictorial biography of this great 20th century leader

To The Carriage Trade

October 3, 1989 - March 4, 1990

An exhibition of horse-drawn vehicles from the collections of the Provincial Museum of Alberta and the Historic Sites Service. The exhibition included vehicles ranging from a sheep herder's wagon to a two-wheeled driving cart used by Lieutenant Governor Bulyea between 1905 and 1915. With the exception of a Québec caleche, all carriage in the display were representative of the types that may have been used in Alberta. They showed a variety of styles ranging from home-made to mass-produced, from common work vehicles to finer pleasure and racing vehicles.
The exhibition also provided a preview of the new facility planned for Cardston, Alberta, the Remington-Alberta Carriage Centre. Many vehicles on display were eventually moved to that Centre.

Ships Through the Ages

October 14, 1989 - November 12, 1989

An exhibition of ship models provided by members of the Alberta Ship Model Society. On display were models ranging from an Egyptian warship to a whale boat to the Canadian schooner Bluenose. The exhibition included ships in bottles, ships in miniature, and a diorama of a ship under construction.

Alberta Remembers: A Tradition of Service

October 21, 1989 - November 19, 1989

This exhibition marked the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, the war that was to end all wars, and the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War. It was a tribute to the 9,000 Albertans who lost their lives and to those many tens of thousands who served Canada in all three wars: the First World War, the Second World War, and the Korean War. Most of the artifacts in the exhibition were donated by former service personnel from Alberta or by their descendants.

Coins and Tokens

November 1, 1989 - November 26, 1989

Two cases of coins and tokens from the Museum's permanent collection were on display to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Edmonton Coin Club. Coinage Before Confederation - Centennial Coins and Tokens of Canada consisted of ninety examples from the Lionel Conn collection. This excellent collection, acquired by the Museum in 1982, consists of 780 pre-Confederation Canadian coins and tokens, characterized by considerable rarity in some cases and magnificent condition in others. Talers, Daalders, Crowns, and Dollars - Large Silver Coins consisted of ninety examples from the Carl O. Nickle collection. Obtained by the Museum in 1976, the Nickel collection consists in part of over 1,000 silver coins, particularly talers, crowns, and other large pieces, ranging in date from approximately 1520 to the 1970s.

A Door to the Wild: Traditions of Rocky Mountain Buildings

November 4, 1989 - January 2, 1990

This collection of drawings and watercolours was prepared by Ron Ellis for the Whyte Museum in Banff. It focussed on backcountry buildings located in more remote regions of the Rocky Mountain Parks. Most of these buildings were designed by the CPR at a time when tourist facilities were expanding after the First World War. They include lodges, teahouses, and alpine rest stops.

Visions of Christmas Past

December 1, 1989 - January 7, 1990

This Christmas, the Museum presented a kaleidoscope of creative displays including a display featuring Barbie™, who made her first appearance on toy store shelves in 1959. Over 100 dolls showed Barbie™ and her myriad costumes and accessories from her "birth" through her first encounter with Ken, to her most recent fads and fashions. To complement Barbie™'s presence, there were also several displays depicting Christmas in the family home as it would have appeared through the decades from 1940 to the 1980s. Examples of traditional ethnic gifts were on exhibit to enable visitors to learn more about how other cultures celebrate the Yuletide season.

The Art of Frank Beebe

January 14, 1990 - February 18, 1990

An exhibition of 40 watercolour and tempera paintings by Frank Beebe, a sculptor, naturalist, and illustrator. Originally from central Alberta, he became Curator with the Vancouver Stanley Park Zoo in 1939, and for over 20 years he served as an illustrator and naturalist with the British Columbia Provincial Museum. The paintings, all of birds, were done during the Depression. They revealed Mr Beebe's great interest in wildlife and his attention to detail. In 1939, these paintings were given to Kerry Wood, a well-known writer and naturalist, to use while teaching children.
The exhibition was organized by the Kerry Wood Nature Centre and the Red Deer '88 Alberta Winter Games Committee.

Documenting Edmonton

January 22, 1990 - March 31, 1990

A major exhibition depicting various historic neighbourhoods of Edmonton and resulting from a joint documentary photography project between the Provincial Archives of Alberta and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's Photographic Program. Four areas were chosen for their varied subject matter: Chinatown, Little Italy, the Fort Road, and 118th Avenue, all with an emphasis on buildings, business, and residents.

Haiti: The First Black Republic and its Monuments to Freedom

February 24, 1990 - March 25, 1990

This exhibition presented a visual representation of Haiti's history, from Christopher Columbus' first landing on December 6, 1492, to the birth of the new Haitian nation in 1804. A brief period of Spanish rule over the western portion of the island was followed by the opulent French colony of St. Domingue, which flourished on slave labour until the revolution and the successful war of independence in 1803. Haiti became the first black republic and the second independent country of the New World, just 28 years after the United States.
The exhibition was prepared under the patronage of the Institut National Haitian de la Culture et des Art, and organized by the Institute du Patrimoine National (ISPAN) and the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service (SITES).

Ink Paintings by Hong Kong Artists

March 16, 1990 - April 8, 1990

This exhibition included 53 Chinese brush paintings selected from the work of 49 contemporary artists, focussing on the past 30 years of work. Three major subject areas - landscape, figures, and animals - were explored. The paintings displayed many diverse Western influences including: the realism of traditional European classical painting; Impressionism's interest in light and shade; Post-Impressionism's expressive spontaneity; and the emphasis on shape, color, and texture that characterizes abstract art. These influences joined with traditional Chinese painting concerns such as close observation of nature and careful use of materials.
The exhibition was presented by the Alberta Art Foundation and the Urban Council, Hong Kong.

National Association of Photographic Artists: Nature Photographs

April 4, 1990 - May 6, 1990

Prints showing the best of the National Association for Photographic Arts Nature Prints contest.

Sixth Annual National Wildlife Week Festival

April 6, 1990 - April 8, 1990

The theme for 1990 was "Local Action Brings Worldwide Benefits", with the Peregrine Falcon as the event's symbol. Nearly forty community organizations and government departments participated in the events, which included programs, exhibits, demonstrations, and workshops.

Treasures in Oriental Porcelain: Selections from the Earnest E. Poole Collection

April 20, 1990 - September 16, 1990

An exciting and diverse collection of Oriental ceramics, representing over 200 years of Chinese history, were on display. These ceramics form part of the Ernest E. Poole collection, donated to the Provincial Museum of Alberta by the Poole Foundation in 1976. The exhibition included several tomb figurines from the Han, Wei, and Tang Dynasties; ceramics from the Song Dynasty; a group of celadons and figurines from the Ming Dynasty; polychrome enamelwares from the Qing Dynasty; and some Japanese porcelain showing the influence of styles and techniques used by potters in China. Visitors were able to view a kaleidoscope of colours, styles, forms, techniques, and glazes, developed during two millennia.

The North West Rebellion of 1885

May 15, 1990 - August 12, 1990

This exhibition commemorated the last armed conflict on Canadian soil: a confrontation that changed forever the course of Canadian history. The exhibition was biographic in approach, elaborating on the lives of some participants in the drama that unfolded here over a century ago. Original artifacts, including uniforms, clothing, weapons, photographs, and accoutrements were exhibited within historical context. The role of the Alberta Field Force in 1885 and the campaign against Chief Big Bear was profiled through the uniforms of Sergeant James Pritchard, and the memorabilia of Big Bear and of General Thomas Bland Strange. The victory of the Cree over the force led by Lt. Col. W. D. Otter at the Battle of Cut Knife Hill in Saskatchewan was interpreted through the life of Fine Day, the war chief whose qualities of leadership prevailed on the battlefield. Besides recognizing the often-forgotten role of the Alberta Field Force and the previously underplayed role of Fine Day, the exhibit also briefly examined two other conflicts of the Rebellion: the Frog Lake Massacre and the turning point in the North West Campaign, the Battle of Batoche.

Kayasayawina Ka Wapahtihitohk: To Show the Old Things

May 15, 1990 - August 12, 1990

This exhibition bore a name in Cree, a phrase that means a museum. Its literal translation is "to show the old things". On display was a wide range of artifacts from three different culture areas: the Plains, the Subarctic, and the Arctic. Most had never been displayed before. The artifacts, including highly decorated clothing and other items, illustrated the creativity and cultural diversity of Canadian aboriginal peoples. They spanned the period from the late 1800s to the present, although the older part of the period was best represented. Among the pieces was a Blackfoot girl's elk tooth dress, actually ornamented with bone carved to resemble elk teeth, which were prestigious but scarce. Of special interest was a quilt pieced from tobacco silks and made in the 1910s by Mrs Mary Victoria (Mercredi) Loutit, the wife of the Hudson's Bay Company factor in Fort Chipewyan. Also displayed was a rare Inuit parka sewn from loon skins.

Portraits of Edmonton

June 2, 1990 - September 3, 1990

Photographs of Edmonton taken mainly between 1910 and 1930, focussing on people. Although some were studio portraits, most revealed people at work or going about their daily affairs.
Most of the photographs in this exhibition were selected from a collection donated by McDermid Studios to the Glenbow Archives, Calgary.

The Scriver Blackfoot Collection: Repatriation of Canada's Heritage

June 8, 1990 - September 3, 1990

A major feature exhibition.

Cryptogams: A Photographic Exhibition of Lichens, Mosses and Liverworts of Northwest North America

June 9, 1990 - July 29, 1990

Cryptogams are plants that reproduce by microscopic spores. Cryptogams highlighted a world of beauty seldom seen or appreciated. The exhibition included 38 colour photographs of lichens, mosses, and liverworts taken by Robin Bovey to illustrate the field guide Mosses, Lichens and Ferns of Northwest North America. It introduced the viewer to the important role of these plants in northern and coastal ecosystems. Cryptogams was organized by the Ring House Gallery and the University of Alberta, Department of Botany.

Provincial Museum of Alberta Welcomes its 8,000,000th Visitor

July 11, 1990 - July 11, 1990

A celebration and presentation of a gift certificate and souvenirs greeted the Museum's 8,000,000th visitor.

Chinese Photographic Society

August 18, 1990 - September 6, 1990

An exhibition marking the third anniversary of the Society that presented photographs of the landscapes and people of China and Alberta in ways that revealed the beauty and diversity of both regions.

Prehistoric Gigantics

October 15, 1990 - March 3, 1991

This blockbuster exhibit featured moving life-like re-creations of the extinct creatures that inhabited the Americas in prehistory: the titanic dinosaurs and the giant animals that followed. The creatures were produced by Dinamation Corporation of California, acknowledged world leaders in museum robotic presentation.
This exhibition attracted 217,000 visitors to the Museum.

Mollie Lenhardt Retrospective

January 20, 1991 - March 31, 1991

An exhibition of paintings by Mollie Lenhardt, a self-taught artist from Melville, Saskatchewan, whose art records the cultural environment of rural and small-town Saskatchewan. The core of the exhibit was a series of paintings featuring ethnic costumes that represent distinctive cultures of Ukraine.

Coats of Eider

January 29, 1991 - March 31, 1991

An exhibition jointly sponsored by the Inuit Cultural Institute, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the University of Manitoba. It featured clothing, from the Belcher Islands, Northwest Territories, made from bird skins and eider down and it explained how the garments were made.

Fort Edmonton's Two Hundred Years

February 12, 1991 - July 31, 1991

In 1995, Edmontonians celebrated the 200th Anniversary of Edmonton and the beginning of the fur trade in this region. Using material from its archaeological collections, with support from the Museums Assistance Program, Communications Canada, the Museum produced an exhibition which anticipated and commemorated this anniversary.

Survival and Reproduction

March 1, 1991 - March 1, 1991

A new component and an upgrade of the Mammal and Bird Gallery, illustrating the theme of diversity. The first phase of redevelopment of the life sciences area of the Natural History galleries. The gallery featured examples of four basic types of adaptations: those involved in movement, living in a seasonal environment, feeding, and reproduction.

Mungo Martin: A Slender Thread

March 29, 1991 - May 12, 1991

Mungo Martin: A Slender Thread was a tribute to an exceptional man. It celebrated the significant role Mungo Martin played in the survival of the art and culture of the Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) of British Columbia. It highlighted the life's work through which Mungo Martin contributed to the revival and prestige of Northwest Coast Indian art, an achievement that was recognized in a posthumous Canada Council Medal awarded to him in 1964. Mungo Martin's work is known worldwide. His carvings can be found in museums and private collections across North America; his totem poles stand in Ottawa, Mexico City, London, and elsewhere. But perhaps his greatest achievement was to pass on his knowledge and inspiration to other artists. In this way, he represents a slender thread between the traditions of the past and present generation.
The exhibition was produced by the U'mista Cultural Centre, Alert Bay, on Vancouver Island.

National Association of Photographic Artists: Photographs

April 4, 1991 - May 6, 1991


National Wildlife Week Festival

April 12, 1991 - April 14, 1991

The theme for 1991 was "Leap into Action" and focussed on the health of the environment and the symbol for the Week was the Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens). At the "frog pond", visitors were invited to write what they planned to do to improve the health of the environment and then post it on a lily pad for all to see. Over 20 federal, provincial, municipal and non-government organizations shared with visitors their ideas on how to help.

Highlights in the Search for Ancient Life

May 12, 1991 - June 15, 1991


Five-String Banjos of the Classic Era

June 6, 1991 - July 28, 1991

In recent years, folk and other music festivals have renewed interest in what has been called "old time" music. One of the instruments frequently used is the open-backed five-string banjo. Guest curator David Glass assembled more than 20 early banjos for this exhibition, highlighting his interest in those produced between 1875 and 1910, a time referred to as the "Classic Era" of the five-string banjo in North America. The instruments included in this exhibit ranged from conventional five-string banjos to variants such as the banjeaurine, piccolo banjo, banjorette, banjo madola, and mandolin banjo. They included simple fretless styles and those with ornate gold leaf and delicate abalone-shell flower inlays. Their makers were located in the northeastern United States, primarily in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. The exhibit reminded us that there is beauty in the music of the past and the instruments that produced that music.

Treasures: What Earth and Hand Have Made

June 16, 1991 - October 27, 1991

This exhibit unveiled for the first time the best of the Museum's collections: gold from the coastal mountains of Canada, gems from the mines of Brazil, exquisite Oriental jade and bronze sculpture, gold coins, and the finest church silver of early French Canada. Over 1,000 dazzling pieces were on display. The centrepiece of the exhibition was the magnificent gold suite (a national treasure) from the Bralorne mine in British Columbia. From toiling prospectors in the Yukon to the golden portraits of British sovereigns, the central role played by minerals and metals in human history and culture was glimpsed in this exhibition.

Chinese Photographic Society: Photographs

August 16, 1991 - September 8, 1991

The Society comprises a group of photographers keen to display their work and enter international exhibitions. As in previous exhibitions, the landscapes and people of China and Alberta were presented in ways that revealed the beauty and diversity of both regions.

Photos of the Galapagos

August 28, 1991 - October 27, 1991

A series of photographic works, featuring the plants and animals of the Galapagos Islands, by Dr Pat Rafferty, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta.

Alberta Ship Model Society

October 5, 1991 - October 6, 1991

Members of the Alberta Ship Model Society were on hand to display numerous examples of model ships. Visitors marvelled at the fine craftsmanship involved in ship modelling.

Alberta Remembers: Military Posters

October 6, 1991 - January 12, 1992


Flying Colours, Design on the Wing

October 8, 1991 - February 17, 1992

Butterflies, moths, and beetles were the subject but they appeared in forms that may not be immediately recognizable. This exhibition consisted of 40 large colour close-up images of insect wings by Edmonton photographer Bob Chelmick and several black and white images of insect wings produced by Bert Finnamore using a scanning electron microscope located at the University of Alberta. The images were of remarkable beauty and extraordinary detail. The insects used to produce the images were included, allowing the visitor to compare the real with the "potential".

Album - A Century of Ukrainian Life in Canada

November 9, 1991 - December 1, 1991

An exhibition produced by the National Archives of Canada to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada. It featured reproductions of various archival records, such as maps, photographs, manuscripts, medals, posters, and stamps, organized into three sections. "The Early Years" documented Ukrainian settlement beginning in September 1891 when two Ukrainian farmers arrived in Canada and travelled west. Their encouraging reports prompted others in eastern Europe to come and over the next 23 years more than 150,000 Ukrainians settled between Winnipeg and Edmonton. "The War Years" looked at both World Wars and the period between. "Political and Cultural Activities" showed contributions made by individuals and the organized Ukrainian community to Canadian life.
The exhibition was sponsored by the Ukrainian Canadian Archives and Museum of Alberta.

Teddy Bears on Parade: An Unbearably Merry Christmas

November 29, 1991 - January 12, 1992

An incredible sight, a thousand teddy bears on parade! Over 1,200 bears were loaned by Edmontonians for the exhibit. Among them were some antique bears, such as original Steiff teddys and other valuable collectables. About 30,000 visitors came to see the bears.

A Coat of Many Colours: Two Centuries of Jewish Life in Canada

December 13, 1991 - March 1, 1992

A Coat of Many Colours portrayed two centuries of Jewish life in Canada through the artifacts and recollections of people across the country. The coat was used to symbolize the Jewish community in Canada, and the multicoloured threads represented the many people who make up this community. They are diverse in their countries of origin, the ways they have found to survive and flourish, and in their contributions to Canada. The exhibition's 300 artifacts gave an intimate, personal view of Jewish Canadian life in all of its dimensions - the plain and the sumptuous, the common and the unusual. From an enamelware pot used by a rural Saskatchewan family to cook matzoh balls during the Depression, to the ornately carved Torah finials from a Montreal synagogue, A Coat of Many Colours was a kaleidoscope of Jewish Canadian experience.
The exhibition was a collaborative effort between the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian Friends of Beth Hatefutsoth and was sponsored by Seagram. It was produced with assistance from the Secretary of Stat, Multiculturalism, and Communications Canada,Cultural Initiatives Program, and was presented in Edmonton with support from the Jewish Federation of Edmonton.

Selected Chinese Paintings Through the Ages

January 16, 1992 - February 16, 1992

An exhibition of photographic reproductions of famous Chinese paintings. It included works dating from the Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279) to modern times. Many of the different styles of important painting schools and individual masters were included.
The exhibition was provided by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China.

Prairie Dogs

January 31, 1992 - May 24, 1992


Artists in the Wilderness: Images of a Vanishing Alberta

February 20, 1992 - March 22, 1992

Over the previous two summers, groups of artists sponsored by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society forayed into the rugged wilderness of Alberta's Eastern Slopes. They travelled into the backcountry - many for their first time - by foot and packhorse. They went to draw and sketch, paint and photograph the natural marvels of a gentle wilderness, ever more threatened by human encroachment. In all, some 25 artists participated in the program. This exhibition displayed some of the striking results of these trips.

Trapline Lifeline

February 28, 1992 - April 26, 1992

Trapline Lifeline explored the complex and sensitive issues of hunting, trapping, and fur trading and their significance to the economic and cultural life of northern Canadians, particularly the Dene, Metis, Inuvialuit, and Inuit.
The exhibition was produced by the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife, with support from the Museums Assistance Program, Communications Canada.

SPLASH! A Welcome to Spring

March 31, 1992 - April 5, 1992

Visitors enjoyed spring games, activities, and traditions as we celebrated the end of winter amidst a colourful backdrop of windsocks, Japanese kites, and giant mythological puppets.

For Our Children

April 9, 1992 - June 14, 1992

Renowned Alberta artist Peter Shostak presented a series of 50 evocative paintings depicting Ukrainian pioneer settlement in Western Canada. He devoted nearly five years of painting to visually depict the experiences of these early settlers. Information for the artworks was gathered through extensive research of archival photographs, newspaper articles, published histories, and personal interviews. Although the images are based upon the stories of Ukrainian pioneers, the experiences portrayed were common to all homesteaders.

Seventh Annual National Wildlife Week Festival

April 11, 1992 - April 12, 1992

The theme for the Wildlife Week was "Keep Canada Green for Wildlife". Events included interactive displays of conservation and wildlife organizations from around Alberta.

My Name is Nanuq: Diary of a Polar Bear

April 21, 1992 - June 16, 1992

As told by Nanuq, this diary took visitors through incidents of a polar bear's life. We learned about polar bear behaviour as Nanuq related everything from where she builds her den to the upbringing of her playful cubs. The diary presented a fascinating year in the life of Nanuq.
This travelling exhibit was prepared by the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Beauty of Birds

May 1, 1992 - August 30, 1992


Confederation Life Gallery of Canadian History

May 9, 1992 - September 7, 1992

A collection of paintings created between 1927 and 1971 depicting moments in Canadian history. Through reproduction in textbooks, magazines, newspapers, and film, many of these paintings have become familiar to millions of Canadians as the definitive representations of significant events. Perhaps the most famous of all is the "Fathers of Confederation", a careful recreation of the original by Robert Harris, which was destroyed in the Houses of Parliament fire in 1916. An exact copy is part of the Canadian Life collection.

Live! Bug Room

May 15, 1992 - August 16, 1992

For some time, the Museum had been breeding exotic and local insects and other invertebrates. The Bug Room was an exciting experiment which showed them to visitors for the first time and offered a unique summer experience to anyone fascinated by bugs.

Fort Edmonton (1830 - 1915), Alberta Legislature Grounds

July 6, 1992 - August 31, 1992

As part of its 25th Anniversary celebrations, the Provincial Museum of Alberta, in conjunction with the University of Alberta, Department of Anthropology (Special Sessions) explored this most interesting Fur Trade site. Dr Heinz Pyszczyk directed the archaeological investigations to determine what remained of Fort Edmonton. The site served as an archaeological field school, increasing our knowledge of Edmonton's and Alberta's history. The work also focussed attention on the 100th anniversary of Edmonton as an incorporated town.

Chinese Photographic Society

July 25, 1992 - August 9, 1992

The Society comprises a group of photographers keen to display their work and enter international exhibitions. As in previous exhibitions, he landscapes and people of China and Alberta were presented in ways that revealed the beauty and diversity of both regions.

Alberta Rose

July 31, 1992 - November 6, 1992


Photos of the Galapagos

August 28, 1992 - October 27, 1992


Whales! Bigger than Dinosaurs

October 10, 1992 - March 7, 1993

Spouting, swimming, diving giants of the deep ... whales came to Alberta! Whales are remarkable. Among them are the largest animals the earth has ever seen. They have large, complex brains. They use language and form social bonds that can last a lifetime. Today, whales have come to symbolize one of the most pressing and pervasive issues we face: the protection of the environment. WHALES! Bigger Than Dinosaurs explored the world of these spectacular animals close up. At the heart was an extraordinary exhibition. It featured the life-like robotic creations of the Dinamation Corporation from Los Angeles. These re-creations of the ocean's leviathans were complemented by a series ofinteractive displays, films, lectures and children's events.

The Beauty and Science of Birds

October 27, 1992 - October 27, 1992

This new component of the Natural History galleries focussed on the rich diversity of bird life found in Alberta and appealing to students and bird watchers as well as the general visitor. The exhibit was designed as both a reference source for anyone with an interest in identifying birds as well as an interpretation of birds in their habitat. The Birds of Alberta section, for example, allowed visitors to see all 280 of the Province's common bird species from a single vantage point. A long and curving egg case displayed a fascinating selection of some 300 samples from the Museum's collection. The variation in size, shape and colour is remarkable and provides information about the anatomy and habitat of the birds that laid them. The exhibit included three new dioramas: wild turkeys; the bird feeder, and birds of the sagebrush, which included bird songs and challenged visitors to find the camouflaged female birds on their nests. A collectors' room, in full period detail, showed off some of the historic bird cases dating back to England of the 1820s.

Our Green World

October 27, 1992 - October 27, 1992

This new component of the Natural History galleries focussing on the rich diversity of plant life found in Alberta, concentrating on vascular plants. Beautiful photographs displayed the diverse flora found in Alberta's five major biotic regions. Visitors could see trunks, leaves, and reproductive structures of Alberta's native tree species. The displays included a five foot cross section of a Douglas Fir that sprouted in the year 1583, during the reign of Elizabeth I in England. It was believed to be Alberta's oldest tree when it died in 1964. The exhibit also presented plant specimens from dryland prairie, saline sloughs, northern and southern sand dunes, and wetlands in the form of impressive natural settings.

Mammoth 25th Birthday Party

December 6, 1992 - December 6, 1992

The Provincial Museum of Alberta celebrated its 25th birthday. Over 25 years, almost 9 million visitors had enjoyed the wonders of the Museum's galleries. Exhibitions had spanned the globe and beyond in their focus: from moon rocks to teddy bears, gems to bicycles, bugs to whales. Festivities included the unveiling of a new natural history highlight, a massive skeleton of a Columbian mammoth, presented as a gift by the Friends of the Provincial Museum of Alberta Society.

The Gilded Age

January 19, 1993 - January 1, 1997

A new addition to the Museum's Human History Gallery featured artifacts collected by former Edmonton Mayor, John A. McDougall, and his family, including furniture, ceramics, and paintings. This exhibition focussed on how Edmonton's cultural horizons were broadened by the experiences and the pieces of art this influential family brought home from their European and Asian travels in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

The Architecture of Old Vilnius

March 18, 1993 - May 30, 1993

Located charmingly in the ravines and hills surrounding the confluence of two rivers, the old Vilnius is perhaps the finest example of Renaissance, baroque, and classical architecture in all of northern Europe. The city's population suffered terribly during the Second World War and the subsequent 50 years of Soviet domination but, most fortunately, the architectural treasures of Vilnius survived largely unscathed. As Eastern Europe emerged from behind the ruins of the Iron Curtain, this exhibition was intended as a reminder of the best that those countries have to offer.
The exhibit was prepared by the Polish Association of Professional Architects and the National Museum of Warsaw, Poland, and came to the Museum courtesy of the Polish Culture Society of Edmonton.


March 30, 1993 - April 4, 1993

A spring celebration, replete with games, music, jousting, crafts, and films, and recreating the atmosphere of an outdoor medieval towne fair and a great banquet hall of a medieval castle.

National Association of Photographic Artists: Photographs

April 4, 1993 - May 6, 1993


Landmarks of the Hinton Trail: Paintings of Robert Guest

May 15, 1993 - July 25, 1993

The Hinton Trail wound its way through some of the most varied and beautiful country in western Alberta. From the Yellowhead Pass near Hinton to the Peace River country, the old packtrail crossed more than 200 miles of foothills along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. In 1988, Robert Guest, a well known Alberta artist, decided to make a record of this trail in paintings. Altogether, 266 pieces of artwork were completed by Mr Guest to produce Landmarks of the Hinton Trail, including pencil sketches done on location, small mock-up paintings, over 50 illustration for a book about the Trail and his experiences painting it, and over 70 paintings in acrylic. This exhibition included 15 pencil sketches and 25 acrylics selected from the total.

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

May 15, 1993 - July 18, 1993

The Poster Was was an exhibition of 46 colour lithograph posters of the First World War, when poster art was at its finest. It showed how Canada used art to sell the war and compared this with how our allies, Britain, France, Belgium, and the United States, approached propaganda through poster art. Since these posters generally served as propaganda, particular attention was paid to design and colour in order to achieve maximum impact. Canadian First World War posters dealt with various industrial themes in support of the war effort on the home front.

The Poster War was produced by the Provincial Museum of Alberta and the Historic Sites Service, with assistance from the Museum Assistance Program, Department of Communications.

Days of the Buffalo: Clarence Tillenius Paintings

June 1, 1993 - August 2, 1993

Nationally renowned wildlife artist Clarence Tillenius opened his new 77-painting show at the Provincial Museum of Alberta on June 1 1993. The 80-year-old artist had a lifelong fascination with the buffalo that were once so numerous that Native Americans said the "country was one robe" with the teeming multitudes. The artist skillfully depicted bison in highly varied scenes: the aging buffalo, veteran of many challenges, who stands his ground against the young challenger; the cow who warily watches for coyotes or wolves which threaten her newborn; the straggling bull, cut off from the herd, attacked by ravenous wolves. The paintings in the exhibition were the result of more than 50 years of study and research. Tillenius has used his expertise to create 17 wilderness dioramas for Canadian museums. The Provincial Museum of Alberta's own Mountain Goat diorama (part of the Habitat Gallery) was completed by Tillenius in 1974.

The Bug Room

July 1, 1993 - July 1, 1993

Last summer's (1992) Bug Room, visited by 65,000 people, was so successful that the Museum decided to open a permanent and larger version - the only live bug exhibition in western Canada. In the new Bug Room visitors could discover, up close, the fascinating world of insects and spiders. The gallery featured large, living, exotic insects such as the white-eyed assassin bug and giant spiny walking stick, and other invertebrates such as the emperor scorpion, rosehair tarantula, and the Madagascar millipede. By December 1993, it was estimated that over 100,000 visitors had dropped by to see the live bugs.

Fort Edmonton (1830 - 1915), Alberta Legislature Grounds

July 5, 1993 - August 11, 1993

Following the success of the 1992 season's excavation and field school, the Provincial Museum of Alberta, in conjunction with the University of Alberta, Department of Anthropology (Special Sessions) continued its investigation of this interesting Fur Trade site. Dr Heinz Pyszczyk directed the archaeological investigations to determine what remained of Fort Edmonton. The site served as an archaeological field school, increasing our knowledge of Edmonton's and Alberta's history.

In All Their Finery: A Legacy from the Past

September 1, 1993 - September 1, 1993

In All Their Finery comprised the first phase of the development of the Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture, one of the Museum's long-term exhibitions. It included 150 spectacular artifacts, many never before exhibited. The artifacts were all superb examples of the skill and creativity of Aboriginal artisans. Highlights included a Blackfoot war tipi cover and clothing from the 19th century.

Floral Memories

October 2, 1993 - November 14, 1993

Floral Memories was a display of wall hangings presented by the Edmonton and District Quilter's Guild. The wall hangings were the result of a recent competition held within the Guild. Quilting has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the past several years with great strides being made in artistic design. The availability of new and specialized tools and fabrics has made this medium a most interesting and challenging one. Quilts and wall hangings are now decorating not only our homes, but the walls of shops and office buildings. Floral Memories was a sample of the superb work being done by contemporary fabric artists.

Sharks: Facts and Fantasy

October 9, 1993 - January 4, 1994

An in-depth exploration of why sharks are so unusual, why they have survived for so long without changing, and why they are so often misunderstood. Visitors could walk on an ocean floor surrounded by life-like model sharks, find out how sharks hear, see, and eat, and step into a diver's cage and encounter the Great White Shark. This was an exhibit that blew the myths about sharks right out of the water!

Painters of Canada Series: Exhibition of Christmas Cards 1931

November 27, 1993 - January 9, 1994

This exhibition included 77 seriagraphs and serigraphic proofs produced for the Christmas card series. Twenty-six Canadian artists contributed to the series, among them several members of the Group of Seven who had already gained international recognition, including A. Y. Jackson, Lawren Harris, and Franklin Carmichael. It was A. Y. Jackson who encouraged William E. Coutts to issue the series. Jackson saw the production of the series as a source of revenue for some of the artists who were experiencing financial difficulties and also as an opportunity to create contemporary Canadian greeting cards. The "Painters of Canada" series began at the end of the 1920s and started an on-going tradition for Hallmark Cards Canada, the successor to the William E. Coutts Company. Unfortunately, the series that at first promised to be a great success was begun during the Depression and proved to be a financial failure. Nevertheless, the series was an artistic success.
This exhibition was produced by the National Archives of Canada using many of the cards donated by Hallmark Cards Canada.

Beartown: Return of the Teddy

December 4, 1993 - January 9, 1994

We estimate that there are over 150,000 teddy bears living in the Greater Edmonton area. We were delighted to say that 1,000 of them decided to spend this Christmas at the Museum!
      Beartown was a celebration of the teddy. In mid-November Edmontonians flocked to the Museum to lend their bears for the show. The result was a great treat for bear lovers of every age: old worn bears, brand new costumed bears, giant bears, tiny bears, historic bears, weird bears - all in their own town.

Treasures of the Earth

December 6, 1993 - December 6, 1993

Treasures of the Earth was the first phase of the new Earth Science Gallery and featured a visually stunning display of the finest minerals and gemstones from the Museum's collections. The gallery examined six themes: Minerals and Metals as Treasure and Ornament, Minerals for the Collector, Minerals as Commodities, Mines as Sources of Minerals, Features of Minerals, and Mineral-Forming Environments. A 1.5 m sheet of copper from Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula was a highlight of the gallery. In this unusual deposit, copper occurs as a pure metal and is extracted by simply removing the enclosing rock matrix. The gallery also showcased gold specimens from the Bralorne Mine, British Columbia. This is the best collection of gold from a single Canadian mine and is a Canadian Cultural Property. Gemstones included a fist-sized 1100 carat blue topaz, a 124 carat aquamarine, a group of coloured diamonds, and specimens of ammolite, Alberta's gemstone. Treasures also featured a selection of gold, silver, and jade artifacts from the Ernest and Gertrude Poole Collection, including a fine diamond and gold Russian snuff-box, a silver filigree card case, and an exquisite chicken-bone-jade wine decanter. Historic gold and silver coins from the numismatic collections illustrated the story of mining in the Old and New Worlds.

Spring in the Middle

March 26, 1994 - April 17, 1994

A medieval town fair to celebrate the arrival of a new season. Events explored the Middle Ages, some of its customs and traditions, its sights and sounds.

Fort Edmonton (1830 - 1915), Alberta Legislature Grounds

May 1, 1994 - June 30, 1994

Jointly sponsored by the Provincial Museum of Alberta and the University of Alberta, Department of Anthropology (Special Sessions), Dr Heinz Pyszczyk directed archaeological investigations at the site of Fort Edmonton V. The site served as an archaeological field school, increasing our knowledge of Edmonton's and Alberta's history. In 1994, the work was timed to coincide with the Canadian Archaeological Association's Annual Meeting and the Rupert's Land Historical Conference. Both meetings were held in Edmonton in May.

A Rare Flower: A Century of Cantonese Opera in Canada

May 10, 1994 - July 17, 1994

This exhibition displayed the extraordinary beauty, color, and diversity of the older Cantonese costumes, stage fittings, and accessories. In addition, a new costume and a shrine dedicated to the patron god of actors were included to emphasize the change and continuity of Cantonese opera as an artistic tradition in modern Canada. A Rare Flower showed how Cantonese opera has remained a vibrant art form in Canada from the 1880s until today.
The Museum drew from its own collections to enhance this national travelling exhibition. Using a variety of archival photographs and artifacts, donated by Edmonton's Poole family, the display gave an overview of Alberta's Chinese community and culture.
The travelling exhibition was prepared by the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology (MOA), and funded by the Museum Assistance Program of Communications Canada, and Multiculturalism and Citizenship Canada.

Reading the Rocks

May 18, 1994 - May 18, 1994

Reading the Rocks was the second and completion phase of the new Earth Science Gallery. One of the highlights was a fulgurite, sand fused by a lightning strike. The specimen was formed in the Grande Prairie region when a lightning bolt struck a microwave tower which conducted the discharge down a wire into the ground where it fused soil into a tube shape that incorporates a bit of fused copper wire. The exhibit focussed on two key areas of the province: the badlands and the Rocky Mountains. What did Alberta look like more than 300 million years ago? Were there arctic winters or sub-tropical climates? Visitors could find the answers and more as they solved rock riddles and learned about a very different ancient world. The Earth Science Gallery provided a spectacular two-part exploration: below the earth's surface and the planet's geologic origins.

They Are Truly Heroes: Alberta's Miners

May 19, 1994 - August 15, 1994

A photographic tribute by Lawrence Chrismas. They Are Truly Heroes: Alberta's Miners was a photographic celebration of 35 black and white photographs of the men and women who work, or have worked, in Alberta's mining industry. Mining has been part of Alberta's economy and history for more than 100 years. It was the underground coal mines in the early decades of this century which allowed the transcontinental railways to cross the Continental Divide at competitive cost. It was the sub-bituminous mines of the Drumheller and Edmonton areas, among others, which heated the homes and businesses of a burgeoning province. Today, almost all of the underground coal mines have closed. In their places have emerged new and different mines and a new breed of miner. Now, women and men work together in a technologically sophisticated environment, operating huge draglines, trucks, and shovels at the strip mines, quarries, and oil sands operations. Photographer Lawrence Chrismas of Calgary began in 1979 what became "an obsession", to capture on film the human dimension to the story of Alberta's miners. The miners never failed to amaze Chrismas with their knowledge and enthusiasm, explaining why, to Chrismas, "they are truly heroes".

Birds of Alberta

May 21, 1994 - July 30, 1994

Throughout history the beauty of birds and their singular adaptation of flight have been captured by nature artists. The bird paintings of two artists and former Provincial Museum employees, Ralph Carson and Ludo Bogaert, were featured in this exhibition. Twenty-eight water-colours were on display, many of which were produced for the book Birds of Alberta by W. R. Salt and Jim R. Salt, published in 1976.

Marketing the Crop

September 1, 1994 - October 31, 1994

What is whimsical, charming, and colourful (as well as practical) and was found in grocery warehouses all over the continent? The fruit crate label, of course!
Decorating the crates of apples from the Okanagan, pears from Washington and Oregon, and lemons and oranges from California, paper labels were first used by California citrus growers in the 1880s. What the growers had needed was an eye-catching image to attract potential wholesale buyers at the warehouses in the east. So, until the 1950s in the United States and the 1960s in British Columbia, citrus growers employed an army of lithographers to churn out images of fierce lions, delicate flowers and sloe-eyed maidens, to name a few. Brand recognition through a strong graphic image became the industry's strategy. As North American society evolved so too did the themes and designs of the fruit label. Artistic styles and label processing changed over the decades, but the message of the power of mass advertising never wavered.

Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats

October 1, 1994 - January 8, 1995

Bats.... The very word conjures up scrabbling little creatures flitting around the set of a horror movie. And while bats have the dubious honour of having starring roles in the mythology of the supernatural, in reality they are amazing creatures with built-in high-tech equipment that scientists all over the world are trying to decipher. What they've already discovered about bats has led to applications in the fields of flight mechanics, chemistry and ecology. This multisensory exhibition dispelled centuries of superstition and revealed the truth about one of the most fascinating creatures on earth. Just how bats function was revealed to, and yes, experienced by visitors to the Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats exhibition.

Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamps and Print Competition

November 22, 1994 - January 3, 1995

Each year the Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print Competition attracts dozens of Canadian wildlife artists to paint masterpieces. The image of the winning painting is produced as a conservation stamp, a limited edition print, and a lapel pin. This year forty original paintings, all on sale except the winning entry, travelled across the country in an exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Beartown '94: Return of the Teddy

December 3, 1994 - January 15, 1995

A Beary Merry Christmas was held once again at the Museum for the holidays. The bears were arranged in a panoramic display of a small town, stretching the length of one side of the upstairs foyer. This year, the exhibition highlighted the collection of the Steiff USA Company based in New York City.

For King and Country: Alberta in the Second World War

February 4, 1995 - May 14, 1995

Fifty years after the close of the Second World War, we remember the triumphs, tragedies, and day-to-day struggles. This exhibition depicted Albertans' service overseas and on the home front. It included original artifacts, photographs, and illustrations of Canadian war art. Among the overseas themes were Alberta's soldiers service in Italy and Holland, Alberta's prairie sailors in the Battle of the Atlantic, and Alberta's airmen in Bomber Command. The service of Alberta's women in uniform and as nursing sisters was also featured. All the medals awarded to Canadians, such as campaign stars, were included and placed on a map of the world to illustrate the theatres of war in which they were awarded. A special panel, entitled Symbols of Valor, had examples of the Victoria Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Military Cross, and several other medals awarded to Albertans for acts of courage in the face of the enemy.

Spring-in-the-Middle: A Medieval Towne Fair

March 25, 1995 - April 17, 1995

The third annual celebration of spring and re-enactments of medieval life occurred at "Mammoth Manor" as the snow receded. Visitors enjoyed replicas of a Landsknecht encampment, complete with weapons, clothing and cooking utensils, and a sixteenth century German hunting lodge. A medieval towne fair featured craft stations and demonstrations, interrupted by jousting and sword battles by unruly knights. The town fair featured displays of merchants and their wares - spices and richly embroidered fabrics, examples of wool carding and spinning, a knights' training area where visitors could try on actual suits of armour and chain mail, the stocks for the mischievous, medieval rubbings, and puppet shows on a medieval theme.

National Association of Photographic Artists: Photographs

April 4, 1995 - May 5, 1995


Old Nova Scotian Quilts

May 10, 1995 - August 13, 1995

In Nova Scotia, quiltmaking has a long but modest and little-recorded history. Quiltmaking was both a function and a social occasion for early Canadian women, yet only in recent decades has quiltmaking been considered worthy of recognition as a craft or as a form of self-expression. This exhibition showed how a seemingly simple craft of arranging and sewing scraps of material into a quilt resulted in heirlooms of great beauty. Quilts were made from new materials or recycled fabrics saved from worn out garments. The makers were able to put unmatched fabrics together in simple geometric patters and varying light, medium, and dark values. Tulips, pineapples, box illusions, light-and-dark diamonds, rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul are some of the names of patterns in the 50 quilts that were on display. The exhibition told the stories of the quilts, their makers, and the tools and fabrics used.
The exhibition was produced by the Nova Scotia Museum with the assistance of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Hokkaido Art: Myth to Modernism

May 18, 1995 - August 13, 1995

This exhibition highlighted the achievements of contemporary art leaders of Hokkaido from the past 63 years. Thirty-nine artworks displayed different aesthetic responses to a landscape that is remarkably similar to Alberta - harsh winters of ice, snow, and darkness. Many of the pieces were paintings and prints based on Ainu roots. Most of the artworks showed the influence of European art movements, especially Expressionism, yet are uniquely Japanese in their narrative approach.
From the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art. One of two exhibitions celebrating Hokkaido and the 15th anniversary of the Hokkaido-Alberta sister-province affiliation. Sponsored by the Government of the Prefecture of Hokkaido, Japan, with the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Ainu Art and Life

May 18, 1995 - August 13, 1995

This exhibition discussed the cultural legacy of Hokkaido's aboriginal people. the Ainu, who have inhabited Hokkaido for nine centuries. Artifacts by Ainu craftspeople were displayed alongside paintings by Japanese artists of the 18th and 19th centuries who recorded traditional Ainu life and culture in pictorial forms. A highlight of this exhibition was a 60-feet-long ethnographic painting by Japanese artists depicting the daily activities of an Ainu village, where the main livelihood was fishing. Many of the artifacts on display had not previously been exhibited outside Japan.
From the Historical Museum of Hokkaido. One of two exhibitions celebrating Hokkaido and the 15th anniversary of the Hokkaido-Alberta sister-province affiliation. Sponsored by the Government of the Prefecture of Hokkaido, Japan, with the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Historic Edmonton: Faces of Riverdale

May 22, 1995 - July 4, 1995

Three of Edmonton's oldest neighbourhoods - Riverdale, Old Strathcona, and Highlands - celebrated Edmonton's 200th anniversary in co-operation with the Provincial Museum. Three sequential exhibitions of black and white photographs told the unique stories of each neighbourhood.
The first exhibition featured stories about the 30-year tradition of Riverdale's May Queen Festival and about Miss Harley and the Pepsi boys who helped make Riverdale "a good place to grow up". The images were compiled by Allan Shute, the resident historian of Riverdale.

Fort Edmonton (1830 - 1915), Alberta Legislature Grounds

June 1, 1995 - July 15, 1995

Jointly sponsored by the Provincial Museum of Alberta and the University of Alberta, Department of Anthropology (Special Sessions), Dr Heinz Pyszczyk directed archaeological investigations at the site of Fort Edmonton V. The site served as an archaeological field school, increasing our knowledge of Edmonton's and Alberta's history. Visitors were invited to help celebrate Edmonton's bicentennial by participating in a public archaeology program at the site.

Historic Edmonton: The End of the Steel

July 8, 1995 - August 21, 1995

Three of Edmonton's oldest neighbourhoods - Riverdale, Old Strathcona, and Highlands - celebrated Edmonton's 200th anniversary in co-operation with the Provincial Museum. Three sequential exhibitions of black and white photographs told the unique stories of each neighbourhood.
Old Strathcona was once a separate city, larger than Edmonton. Its dramatic growth between 1891 and 1914 was shown through a selection of photographs from the Old Strathcona Foundation.

Chinese Photographic Society: Photographs

August 5, 1995 - August 25, 1995


Historic Edmonton: Eda Owen, Edmonton's Weather Lady

August 24, 1995 - October 4, 1995

Three of Edmonton's oldest neighbourhoods - Riverdale, Old Strathcona, and Highlands - celebrated Edmonton's 200th anniversary in co-operation with the Provincial Museum. Three sequential exhibitions of black and white photographs told the unique stories of each neighbourhood.
This display focussed on the fascinating story of Eda Owen, Edmonton's weather lady from the Highlands. At a time when women couldn't dream of a career, Eda became a federal meteorological agent for Alberta. Eda carried on her important work for 28 years despite a stormy personal life.

Concorde Stagecoach model

September 1, 1995 - September 1, 1995

Fabricated from rosewood, maple, ebony, brass, glass, silk, and leather by master craftsman Stan Wychopen of Saskatchewan, this meticulously detailed Concorde Stagecoach is a 1/8-scale model of the Abbott and Downing Coach C (circa 1813 - 1886). This exceptional work of art is currently located near the Feature Gallery.


September 30, 1995 - April 8, 1996

For the first time in captivity! One of the largest feature exhibitions in Canadian history... The Museum unleashed the Canadian première of CARNOSAURS! For the first time in captivity, the fiercest flesh-eaters to stalk the earth were presented in three-dimensional, full-sized scale. Visitors were able to examine actual dinosaur fossils in a paleontological dig, be photographed riding a dinosaur, and learn about predators and prey - all in a Jurassic Zoo. Visitors met Velociraptor, Utahraptor, Dilophosaurus and Pteranodon - all caged for safety. The most spectacular beast of all awaited visitors in a special, high-security enclosure - a 42-foot long, ceiling-high, breathing, moving, roaring Tyrannosaurus rex - the king of prehistory!

Beartown in the Rockies

November 25, 1995 - January 14, 1996

Despite the short history of the teddy bear....they're less than a hundred years old....they have cuddled their way into our hearts like no other toy. This was the Museum's fifth annual teddy exhibition and, like its predecessors, Edmontonians young and old loaned over 700 of their dearest companions for the show. This year, the bears frolicked in a mountain panorama. As visitors strolled along the trail they saw a bear-sized rustic village nestled between the rocky peaks, a gondola ride, and the Beartown train laden with teddies as it travelled on its scenic journey. A special display of miniature bears, Winnie-the-Pooh, and the favourites of some local collectors and bear makers joined the teddies loaned by the public.

Royal Bank From Child to Champ

February 3, 1996 - April 28, 1996

Royal Bank From Child to Champ featured the skating career of four time champion Kurt Browning. The exhibit was part of the "Feel the Spirit Festival", which was the Cultural Component of the World Figure Skating Championships being held in Edmonton during March 1996. The exhibit focused on the life of a figure skater - the early mornings, sprained ankles, tears and, for Kurt Browning, the triumph. Medals, costumes, skates and memorabilia from Kurt's personal collection were on display as well as his treasured commemorative medal and the touching story behind its creation. A short film, from Aquilla Productions, featuring the changes that have taken place in competitive skating, and an interview with Kurt; the struggles and the highlights of his career, his pursuit for excellence and his initiative in developing new and unusual combinations of jumps, were presented. Some remarkable moments in Figure Skating history have been captured by photographer, Paul Horvath. More than 30 photographs, spanning a twelve year period were on exhibit, from the World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs.

Happy Sunday

February 17, 1996 - March 17, 1996

The Provincial Museum of Alberta and the Consulate General of France in Edmonton proudly presented Happy Sunday. The exhibit consisted of thirty-five black and white photographs taken between 1913 and 1966, and offer a fascinating glimpse of the French at play. Summer afternoons, Sunday clothes, the beach, and the promenade are just a few of the images captured in beautiful clarity by some of France's finest photographers: Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Andre Kertesz, Denise Colomb, Marcel Bovis, Francois Kollar and Rene-Jacques.

Eaton Centre Jewels of France

June 22, 1996 - August 25, 1996

Eaton Centre Jewels of France was an extraordinary exhibit that showcased more than 200 pieces of regional jewellery on loan from 23 provincial museums and the Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires in Paris. Spanning over 200 years, but highlighting 1860 to 1900, considered to be the golden age of regional jewellery, the pieces in this exhibit were worn by both men and women as decoration on their clothing and in their hair. This jewellery was not of the aristocracy but rather of the working class. Originally designed to be functional and later to decorate a garment, necklaces, crosses, clips, pins or drop earrings would also bear a social, domestic or professional significance. This jewellery, with its diverse forms and styles was rarely made of valuable materials. Instead of precious stones, quartz, garnet, cut glassware or even horsehair were used. The jewellery in this exhibit was a reminder that the regions of France were culturally distinct with their own special styles of dress and adornment. It was also a reminder of forgotten social practices. Examples of this were seen in the joined hands on engagement rings and the multistrand gold necklaces called "Esclavages", meaning "slave", that were given to young brides. Often, the decoration was exceptionally beautiful. This was certainly true of the crosses of Norman countrywomen, the superb "Saint-Esprits" of Auvergne and the iridescent enamelled brooches of the countrywomen of Bresse.

Jungle Fever

June 22, 1996 - August 18, 1996

Jungle Fever: The Quest for Medicinal Plants was an interactive exhibit exploring a multitude of medicinal plants from the tropics. Visitors could trek through remote stretches of the jungle without ever leaving Alberta! The adventure began when your personal guide, the only person who knows the way out of the jungle, became ill with some sort of jungle infection, unable to speak or breathe. Now it was up to you, as a member of this jungle "expedition", to find a way to treat the guide's symptoms. Throughout this interactive exhibit, visitors made numerous discoveries: an anaesthetic to stop itching, a plant to ease stomach pains, a fruit that relieves nasal congestion and a plant with antibiotic properties. Exploring the structure of a leaf, comparing the smells of potential insect repelling plants and testing the numbing effect of a root tea were all be part of this extraordinary experience. Learning science by doing science was the principle behind this innovative and relevant exhibit, which was developed by the Science Alberta Foundation.

Chinese Photographic Society: Photographs

August 2, 1996 - August 26, 1996


Marketing the Crop: The Art of the Fruit Crate Label

August 23, 1996 - November 1, 1996

This exhibit took whimsical, charming look at the history of advertising, art and design as it related to the fruit crate. Decorating crates of apples from the Okanagan, pears from Washington and Oregon and lemons and oranges from California in the 1880s was entirely different than the eye-catching images that became commonplace in the 1950s and 1960s. It was at this time that citrus growers felt the pressure to hire an army of lithographers who, in turn, would churn out images of fierce lions, delicate flowers and sloe-eyed maidens, all in an effort to remain competitive in an ever-expanding marketplace. Labels from the 1920s to the 1950s were on display.

Capital City Savings Bugworld

August 28, 1996 - February 2, 1997

In one square mile there are more of them than there are people on earth! Bugs ... the little things that rule the planet. Visitors experience the world from a bug's eye view at this year's blockbuster, Bugworld. You were shrunk to a fraction of your normal size and the garden looks very ... very ... big. Grass stems twelve feet high. flower that block out the sun, a jam jar big enough to walk into, and a discarded cookie the size of a tractor tire. In this world, visitors encountered a praying mantis, an immense locust, rhinoceros beetles and live exotic insects. Visitors were able to explore the rainforest and find out about the bugs that live in our gardens and on our bodies!

Flying Colours: Design on the Wing

September 6, 1996 - February 10, 1996

Uniting art with science, this exhibition contained outstanding colour photographs by Edmonton photographic artist, Robert Chelmick. Mr Chelmick used butterflies and other insects from the Museum's invertebrate zoology collection to begin a work which resulted in some beautiful, powerful images.

Beartown in the Rockies

November 23, 1996 - January 19, 1997

It was that time of year again. A time for garlands, eggnog and a visit to the Provincial Museum of Alberta for the sixth annual teddy bear exhibit, Beartown in the Rockies. What began six years earlier as a small display of collectable teddy bears had become a unique holiday tradition featuring hundreds of teddy bears. Seen in an intricate, picturesque winter wonderland display, the bears were lent to the Museum by the public for this exhibition.

Genghis Khan: Treasures of Inner Mongolia

March 22, 1997 - July 6, 1997

The Provincial Museum of Alberta was the last stop on a world tour of an exhibition that featured treasures from one of the greatest empires in human history. Boasting rare artifacts that date from 2000 BC to 1300 AD, the exhibit displayed stunning silk garments, sold-gold ornaments, rare porcelain wares, a full-size painted coffin found in a 10th century tomb, gold saddle ornaments, intricate bronze statues, and priceless funeral paintings. Many of the objects were from recent excavations and had never before been shown out of China - until this tour.
In 1206, a man known as Temujen was crowned Genghis Khan: "emperor of all emperors." His mounted Mongol army swept out of the steppes of Asia in an apocalyptic wave to conquer two thirds of the known world. New finds in the arid lands of Inner Mongolia are casting new light on Genghis Khan: a bloody conqueror but also a supreme military strategist and talented politician. He was the product of a rich cultural and artistic heritage stretching back 6000 years.

Pope & Young

March 26, 1997 - April 20, 1997

The Pope & Young Club, a non-profit, North American bowhunting and conservation organization, displayed over 100 of the best and biggest wildlife specimens of 1996. The Pope & Young Club display provided an opportunity of show the public the importance of wildlife conservation, game management, bowhunting and its ethics.

Diamond Jenness

July 15, 1997 - September 12, 1997

This exhibition celebrated the life and work of Diamond Jenness, an anthropologist who worked in the Arctic and lived amongst the Copper Inuit from 1913 until 1916. The exhibit included artifacts, dioramas, videos, film, an archaeological dig and a "You be the Archaeologist" display. It provided a rare glimpse into the lives of the Inuit and early explorers of the Canadian North. A scientist and explorer, Diamond Jenness' (1886-1969) fascination with the culture and history of the Inuit is what prompted him, as a lone Canadian among a handful of Arctic explorers, to learn more about the Inuit. Jenness conducted studies that eventually spanned 2,000 years of Inuit history across 6,000 kilmometres of Arctic coastline, from the Bering Strait to Baffin Island. The 240 artifacts in this exhibit included decorated tools made of antler or ivory, photographs and clothes, all of which belong to the Canadian Museum of Civilization, which boasts one of the most extensive and impressive Inuit culture collections in the world. The exhibition covered three main topics that are based on the research of this renowned ethnologist and archaeologist: the traditional life of the Copper Inuit and Jenness' early ethnographic field work; the depth of the known history of the Inuit, including the art and technology of the Inuit hunt; and an introduction to the extinct Dorset culture of the Eastern Arctic - a prehistoric pre-Inuit culture first identified by Diamond Jenness.

The Mirror of the Martyrs

July 20, 1997 - August 17, 1997

This riveting exhibition that delved into martyrdom. Presented by the museum and local Mennonite churches, The Mirror Of The Martyrs used video, photography, artifacts and literature to tell the story of persecution suffered by early Europeans and modern-day dissenters. Based on the book, The Martyrs Mirror, by Renaissance author Tieleman van Braght, this exhibition recalled the many who have been tortured and killed in the name of politics and religion. It had toured to a strong reception throughout Canada and the United States. The exhibition included a moving photographic display, as well as original etched copper plates from Dutch master-printmaker Jan Luyken. They offered a dramatic insight into the struggle of men and women who held firm to their convictions, despite torment and suffering. Stories of contemporary martyrs and prisoners of conscience were also part of the exhibition, including those of a woman from Stalin's Siberia, children of the Holocaust, a Nobel Peace Laureate from Burma, a South African student assassinated by death squads and Archbishop Romero and six Jesuit martyrs in El Salvador.

Crossroads Photographic Society

September 2, 1997 - November 3, 1997

Highlights from the Society over the last year.

Photographic Arts Society of Alberta

September 9, 1997 - September 29, 1997

Highlights from the Society over the last year.

From Asia ... Across the Sea

November 21, 1997 - February 8, 1998

From Asia ... Across the Sea told the story of Chinese immigrants from the mid-1800s until the 1950s. The exhibit depicted the journey of the Chinese from Asia, of men who left their country to help their families have a better life. It described the conditions they faced when they helped build the railway; how they faced life without their families; how they helped one another; how some families were reunited and how they honoured their ancestors. The year 1997 marked the 50th anniversary of the repeal of legislation to restrict Chinese immigration to Canada, referred to as the Chinese Exclusion Act. The exhibit included photography that captured images of the life of the Chinese immigrant. It included pictures of immigrants arriving by boat in the late 1800s, working in laundries and restaurants and building Canada's first transcontinental railway. A copy of a man's headtax, the price Chinese paid to come to Canada, was featured. One of the most poignant photos was that of a couple reunited in Canada after 55 years of separation. Also included were artifacts from The Provincial Museum of Alberta's collection and that of a private collector. Musical instruments, an abacus, porcelain, bronzes and other items supplement the story line. From Asia ... Across the Sea was one of a series of cultural expressions made across the country as part of Canada's Year of Asia Pacific.

Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture

November 30, 1997 - November 30, 1997

This new gallery is one of the largest explorations of First Peoples’ history on the continent, with stories spanning 11,000 years and 500 generations. The gallery leads visitors on a journey through time and space, from the last Ice Age to the present day. It is a remarkable process of discovery: past an ancient 9,000-year-old Bison hunt to a northern fishing camp dating back approximately 1,000 years. Visitors will enter a tipi and find themselves part of an historic event - the first contact between a European and Aboriginal peoples in this region. Then, travelling under the shimmering colours of the Northern Lights, they will meet the people of the north.


January 28, 1998 - April 26, 1998

Visitors met Toxicus, red eyes glowing from an overflowing garbage dump. He's the monster of waste, and he's out to take over the planet. That is, unless we learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle the mountains of trash we now discard. Our friend J.D., a robotic dog made of recycled tin showed us how to become a player in this giant video game. Earthquest turned a complex and vast subject into a fun-to-learn, easy-to-understand message. The objective of Earthquest was to educate by affecting the attitude of children toward their roles and choices that directly impact the environment, which ranked nationally as one of their top concerns. Earthquest's hands-on graphic and video displays repeated four primary messages: reduce, reuse, and recycle; there is no "away" (as in throw "away"); the earth has a limited carrying capacity; and everything in the universe is connected. The different elements of the exhibit combined to inspire and empower visitors, answering the question "What can I do?"


February 18, 1998 - April 26, 1998

Insectinside: The Insect Inside You featured work by Grade 9 art students at Crestwood Junior High School who undertook an assignment that involved close study and observation of insects from books, display cases, and live specimens. Their observations led them to create this imaginative art exhibit.

Minnows to Monsters: Fishes and Fishing in Alberta

March 7, 1998 - September 7, 1998

The lake sturgeon, a fish that can live to be 80 years old, joined other species of Alberta fishes in The Provincial Museum of Alberta's newest exhibit, Minnows To Monsters: Fishes and Fishing in Alberta. All of Alberta's 59 species of fishes were represented through mounts, casts, photographs or fluid-preserved specimens. There were even live fish in aquariums. Features unique to each fish and the fish's place within the ecosystem, were described. Issues of conservation and catch and release fishing were raised as well as the use and value of museum collections. A "Wall of Fame" displayed trophy size fish, including the world's largest lake trout, which weighed in at 102 pounds. Sportfishing was highlighted through artifacts from the turn of the century to the early 1960s with a special feature on the history of the legendary Thompson-Pallister Bait Company.

Taylor's Planes

May 2, 1998 - August 30, 1998

John Benjamin Taylor (1917-1970), a trades draughtsman with the RCAF, was stationed at Blatchford Field. Between 1945 and 1946, Taylor painted approximately 118 gouaches/watercolour sketches of military aircraft for his air force friends. This exhibition displayed nine paintings from that body of work which are all that remains of Taylor's collection. Blatchford Field in Edmonton, under the Auspices of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), operated as one of Canada's leading air-freight centres and was the busiest airfield in North America during the period 1939- 1945. This jurisdiction not only involved the repair operations by Aircraft Repair Ltd. but also active participation with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

Invention Adventure

May 16, 1998 - August 30, 1998

Invention Adventure was an educational exhibit designed by LEGO Systems, Inc., and celebrated the process of invention. The exhibit was divided into three Discovery Areas: Structures, Machines, and Robotics. In one area, the visitor was challenged to make a building which would withstand an earthquake. Visitors constructed a building with DUPLO blocks and tested the stability of their structure on a furiously vibrating "earthquake table". In another area, the visitor was a race car designer, creating a car with LEGO TECHNIC parts and then racing it down a ramp. Nearby, the visitor became a space explorer, helping an interplanetary robot navigate an alien landscape.

Rise with the Sun

June 6, 1998 - September 7, 1998

Rise with the Sun featured the paintings of artists from all over Africa, including Senegal, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, to name a few. All of the artists worked within the boundaries of the theme "Rise with the sun: women and Africa". The exhibit created a rich and respectful look at the women of Africa and celebrated the valuable contribution they make to build better lives for themselves, their families, their country and their continent.

The Photographic Arts Society of Alberta

September 7, 1998 - September 30, 1998

Annual show for the Photographic Arts Society of Alberta. Over thirty works covering an exciting array of subjects were on display.

Birds of Alberta

October 20, 1998 - January 6, 1999

An exhibit of watercolour paintings by Ludo Bogaert and Ralph Carson, former habitat artists at The Provincial Museum of Alberta. Many of the paintings in this exhibit were produced from the book Birds of Alberta.

Bears in Toytown

November 28, 1998 - April 5, 1999

Families took a festive stroll through a town full of bears and other toys. A Museum favorite since its inception in 1991, this year the Museum created biggest and most captivating bear exhibition ever! A few of the highlights:

Mosses to Microbes: Biodiversity by SEM

January 16, 1999 - April 25, 1999

Mosses to Microbes: Biodiversity by SEM showed a world of intricate designs and striking patterns contained in organisms too small for the naked eye. The exhibition featured 47 photos taken with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The hidden beauty of tiny organisms like mosses and microbes can only be seen through an SEM, which can magnify objects millions of times. Because of their small size, mosses and microbes are often overlooked. Yet these tiny organisms play vital roles in contributing to the biodiversity and stability of ecosystems. Additionally, seen through the SEM, these organisms have a stunning variety of features which make them as beautiful as any wildflower.

Portraits from the Inner City

April 10, 1999 - June 6, 1999

This exhibition was composed of photographs of 20 Edmontonians, many of whom were living in dire economic circumstances. The photographs were intimate and respectful portraits of individuals in the their environments. In this exhibition, as in his previous ones, Denis Wall used photography to explore social issue in an "as it happens" documentary style.

Another America

May 1, 1999 - July 4, 1999

Presenting rare and seldom-seen Native American maps, Another America opened a new perspective on the cultures and societies which evolved in North America. The Exhibition brought together outstanding examples of little known American Indian and Inuit maps, many of which had never been reproduced before, and made them available to the public in a visually attractive and intellectually stimulating display.

Worlds of the Inuit: Through the Artists' Eyes

May 8, 1999 - September 6, 1999

To celebrate the founding of the new territory of Nunavut, the Museum presented a spectacular collection of contemporary Inuit art, sculpture and paintings. The exhibition covered five thematic areas - The People; The Spirit World, The Hunter's World; the Woman's World; and Play and Festivities - and showed the delicate relationships between these areas in Inuit society.

Siqiniq: Under the Same Sun

May 8, 1999 - September 6, 1999

Siqiniq: Under the Same Sun presented the daily lives of two Inuit children from a small community in the territory of Nunavut. This fun, activity-packed exhibition encouraged the spirit of discovery and intercultural understanding. Visitors experienced the daily lives and culture of an eastern arctic community as they explored the House, the Land, the Co-op and the Living Arctic.

Finding Our Way Home: Alberta's Disappearing Grain Elevators

May 22, 1999 - August 8, 1999

Once common sights on the Canadian prairies, grain elevators are disappearing at a phenomenal rate. For 100 years, wooden elevators broke the regularity of the prairie skyline and marked hamlets, villages and small towns. Now country elevators have given way to centralized concrete and steel terminals. Photographs, artwork, models, video and artifacts told the story of these disappearing symbols of western Canada.

A Prairie Icon: The Chinese Restaurant in Western Canada

May 22, 1999 - August 8, 1999

Fourteen oil paintings by artist Alexander Gaspar capture a unique aspect of life in Canada's rural West, the Chinese cafe.

The Photographic Arts Society of Alberta

August 10, 1999 - September 6, 1999

Annual presentation of spectacular award-winning photography by members of the Photographic Arts Society of Alberta.

An Astonishing Cavalcade

September 18, 1999 - November 28, 1999

A series of paintings by Robert Magee commemorating the 125th anniversary of the North West Mounted Police's 900 mile march west from Dufferin, Manitoba, to Fort Whoop-Up in present-day Alberta.

60th Anniversary of Trolley Buses

September 18, 1999 - October 3, 1999

A photographic exhibition commemorating the 60th anniversary of trolley buses in Edmonton.

Rise of the Black Dragon: Cultural Treasures from China

October 9, 1999 - January 9, 2000

Through artifacts and video footage of recent archaeological investigations, Rise of the Black Dragon: Cultural Treasures from China traced the history of northeastern China and its people over 6,000 years. The centrepiece of the exhibition was a reconstruction of the interment ceremony of a high-ranking Jin Dynasty noble. The exhibition featured 187 artifacts from Heilongjiang Province, China, which had never been viewed outside Asia. This was the first in a series of international exhibitions celebrating the millennium and illuminating human achievement.

Alberta Remembers

November 8, 1999 - November 30, 1999

In October of 1899, Britain began a deadly conflict in far off South Africa that expanded to include volunteers from across the British Empire. The Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) marked the first of many times Canadians would volunteer for military service overseas. Commemorating the service and sacrifice of Alberta's men and women, Alberta Remembers is an exhibit of photographs, posters, insignia and medals representing the province's tradition of service.

Big Bear Fair: The World's Largest Teddy Bear Party

November 27, 1999 - February 21, 2000

To celebrate the Millennium, the Museum put on the biggest Teddy Bear Party ever. This year we asked the public to lend us 2,000 of their favourite stuffed creatures of the ursine persuasion to join in the fun. Bears were showcased arriving from around the world by every conceivable means of transportation. By planes, trains. even hang glider! When they arrived there were lots of interesting toys to play with as collectors of everything from Star Wars memorabilia to vintage noisemakers lent their favourite toys to the Party.

From Crystals to Gems

February 12, 2000 - April 30, 2000

For thousands of years crystals and gemstones have been coveted for their beauty, value and perceived powers, yet most of us know little of how crystals grow or how they are cut and polished into gems. This exhibit explored the world of crystals: how they grow and their variety in form and colour. It introduced visitors to gemstones: their special attributes of beauty, rarity and durability and how they are cut and polished. Visitors got a glimpse of some Canadian gemstones and discovered where their minerals are found in Canada. This special travelling exhibition was developed by the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Wildflowers of the Parkland: The Barbara George Collection

April 13, 2000 - May 28, 2000

The art of collecting, preserving and painting wildflowers is illustrated in this selection of specimens and watercolours by Barbara George (1867 - 1936). Born in Dublin, Ireland, Barbara Bernard learned the basics of drawing and painting during her childhood. It was after her marriage to Dr Henry George in 1888 and their subsequent immigration to the Canadian west in 1889 that she developed an interest in the art of botanical illustration. Collecting and identifying wildflowers that she found near their home, located first in Innisfail and then in Red Deer, Barbara then rendered the beauty of her specimens in these watercolours.
She shared with her husband a keen interest in natural history. Together with his collection of rocks, insects, birds and mammals, Barbara's pressed plants and watercolours were displayed in their private museum located in a wing of their home. Until 1923, it was the only natural history museum in Alberta with the exception of the Sanson collection in Banff. Although their museum no longer exists, their home in Innisfail has been preserved by the Dr George House Preservation Society.

Peter Ramos: Photographs of Western Canada

May 6, 2000 - July 23, 2000

Old growth coastal temperate rainforest is disappearing rapidly from the world, but some of the finest surviving stands are found along the west coast of Vancouver Island. In his first volume of black and white, photographic studies of Western Canada, Peter Ramos captures the magic of a small area of unspoiled wilderness. The West Coast: Barkley Sound to Combers Beach is a collection of 88 photographic plates that evokes the dynamic spirit of an intensely beautiful and still wild landscape. Covering about 50 kilometres from just east of the small fishing village of Ucluelet to Pacific Rim National Park, Ramos' photographs are an in-depth study of an increasingly rare and precious natural environment.

Strathcona's Horse: A Western Heritage

May 17, 2000 - July 30, 2000

The year 2000 is the centenary of one of Canada's most distinguished military regiments - Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians). In an exhibition of paintings, military honours and regimental artifacts, Strathcona's Horse: A Western Heritage is a celebration of its 100 years of service. Donald Smith, later Lord Strathcona, raised the regiment from among the west's cowboys in 1900. Commanded by Sam Steele, it shipped out to support the Empire in its dispute with the Boers, the Dutch settlers of South Africa. Since then, Lord Strathcona's Horse has seen distinguished service in the First and Second World Wars, Korea, and various peacekeeping missions overseas. They have worked during national crises as well, such as the Ice Storm and the Winnipeg floods.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet

May 27, 2000 - August 27, 2000

An exotic experience from a remote and mysterious land awaited visitors when The Mystical Arts of Tibet made its Canadian première at The Provincial Museum of Alberta between May 27 and August 27 2000. Personal sacred objects of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, rare tangka paintings, sacred texts written in exquisite calligraphy and ritual implements from Drepung Loseling Monastery illuminated Tibet's practice of Buddhism. Images of "The Land of Snow Mountains" were also on loan from the Tibet Image Bank in London, England. More than an exhibition, performances of sacred music and dance, the painting of a sand mandala and lectures on Buddhist themes made The Mystical Arts of Tibet an opportunity to experience a unique and ancient culture.
This was the second in a series of international exhibitions celebrating the millennium and illuminating human achievement.

Mary Vaux Walcott - Botanical Illustrations

June 3, 2000 - July 30, 2000

As a Quaker, Vaux considered wilderness a sacred place where one resided "in the presence of the Creator's handiwork". Mary's exquisite botanical illustrations are from a limited print run of only 500 commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute in 1925. Each coloured plate is made from the original watercolour painting. This series, number 428, is showcased with each framed illustration positioned next to the actual dried, pressed, and mounted plant of the same name; which are from the Museum's own botanical records of "Flora of Alberta".
Of particular note, Mary accompanied another Quaker, Mary Schaeffer, on three of her explorations to the Alberta Rockies north of the C.P.R. line.

Public Relations in War

September 9, 2000 - December 3, 2000

A unique exhibition of dispatches, photographs, films and artifacts depicting the roles of Canadian war correspondents and Army Public Relations during the Second World War and Korea. Painstakingly assembled from Department of National Defence archives and a variety of other sources, the exhibition was a salute to the brave men and women who formed an essential link between the fighting front and the Canadian public. Public Relations in War emphasized some tremendous journalistic achievements, including the work of three Canadian war correspondents: Matthew Halton, Ross Munro and Peter Stursberg. Period cameras, a vintage Teletype machine and a fully restored World War II era motorcycle were some of the artifacts on display in addition to the collection of rare photos and films.

Anno Domini: Jesus Through the Centuries

October 7, 2000 - January 7, 2001

The millennium marks the birth of Jesus, and over the last 20 centuries, our arts, sciences and communities have been deeply shaped by interpretations of his life and teachings. Museums across Canada and around the world collaborated to bring artistic works in gold and silver, paintings, sculpture, textiles, ivories, and music together for this exhibition. Anno Domini was a unique opportunity for visitors to understand a central aspect of historical and modern cultural traditions that place the figure of Jesus at their centre.
This was the third in a series of international exhibitions celebrating the millennium and illuminating human achievement.

The Silver Skate Exhibit: Skates and Skating from Yesteryear

January 27, 2001 - March 4, 2001

Learn about some of Edmonton's own skating legends and the skates that carried them through world-class competitions. Kurt Browning, Jeremy Wotherspoon and Doreen Ryan are among the many champions of the ice that you will recognize in this exhibition.
Presented by the Edmonton Winter Triathlon Society and the Silver Skate Festival

Syria, Land of Civilizations

February 10, 2001 - May 13, 2001

This exhibition of cultural treasures from Syria, a nation at the crossroads of the world's great civilizations, travelled to a total of five major cities in Europe, the United States and Canada - Edmonton was one of only two Canadian stops. The exhibition included 400 artifacts reflecting over 8,000 years of human history. Artifacts ranged from two tonne figures to delicate gold jewellery. Although chosen to illustrate themes in civilization rather than purely for their artistic merit, individual pieces were likely to stagger western audiences unprepared for Syria's cultural heritage.
This was the fourth in a series of international exhibitions celebrating the millennium and illuminating human achievement.

Art Out of Sudan

April 7, 2001 - July 2, 2001

The Sudan, Africa's largest country, has an ancient history reaching into the country's heart along the Nile. This rich past along with the influences of over 500 tribal groups, diverse cultures and religions, contrasted with harsh deserts, swamps and savannah of the south, molded a distinct and culturally complex country. Sudan's top contemporary artists have taken this richness and developed art that is intricate, colourful, delicate and visually distinctive, unlike anywhere else.

Edouard Cortès (1882-1969): Paris and the French Countryside Revealed

June 9, 2001 - September 3, 2001

The exhibition featured 207 original works of art by Edouard Cortès and nineteen noted French painters including Renoir. These artists captured the magnificence of Paris and the French countryside from the mid 19th to early 20th century.

Hugin and Munin: Myth and Images of Birds

June 30, 2001 - July 22, 2001

Bird folklore spans many cultures and touches on the mystical powers, intelligence and remarkable abilities of these feathered creatures. This travelling exhibition of 25 works interpreted bird mythology found in literature, science and the visual arts.

AFA Collections: Portraits

August 4, 2001 - August 31, 2001

This collection featured an overview of The Alberta Foundation for the Arts portrait collection since its inception. This exhibition of 22 works included paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography and collage.

Alberta and Heilongjiang Province: Photographs

September 15, 2001 - October 20, 2001

Visitors were able to see the remarkable similarities between Alberta and its twinned province of Heilongjiang, China. These photos showed the topographical and environmental heritage that these two distant places share.

The Chinese Emperor's Collection: Qing Dynasty

September 22, 2001 - January 13, 2002

This Provincial Museum Exclusive exhibition featured rare artifacts used by the Imperial Family and Imperial Court of the Qing Dynasty (1674 - 1911). Among the artifacts were examples of exquisitely crafted court garments, carved jade, silk embroidery, and lacquer utensils. One of the outstanding items was an extremely rare unfinished embroidered silk robe, which bears the twelve emblems of imperial power exclusive to the Emperor. This exhibition was provided courtesy of Governor Song Fatang of Heilongjiang Province to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the twinning of the provinces of Alberta and Heilongjiang. Many of these artifacts had never been exhibited before. After this exclusive engagement, the artifacts returned to China.
The artifacts were shown in the Spotlight Gallery.


November 7, 2001 - January 13, 2002

The Provincial Museum of Alberta's startling new presentation, SIXTIES, was an explosive mix of images, objects and sound exploring the decade that changed us all.

The museum was honoured to be the first Canadian venue for this extraordinary exhibition. Linda McCartney gives us a unique perspective on the popular music explosion of the 1960s - she was part of it.

THE BEATLES! - Backstage and Behind the Scenes

November 17, 2001 - April 1, 2002

The Provincial Museum of Alberta revealed newly discovered photographs of The Beatles taken during their 1964 visit to North America. After 37 years, these images were uncovered in the CBS Photo Archive and were on view for the first time ever.

Elliott Landy's SPIRIT OF A GENERATION: Dylan, The Band and Woodstock

January 14, 2002 - April 1, 2002

Another world première, Spirit of a Generation featured the photography of Elliott Landy, who gave us his personal view of Dylan, The Band, and Woodstock.

Waiting For The Light

February 2, 2002 - April 7, 2002

Frank Grisdale debuted his photographic artwork in the upper gallery of the Museum between February 2 to April 7, 2002. His work has been called "heartbreakingly beautiful" and could be described as photo impressionism. Frank is Edmonton born and raised. Most of his 37 photographs in the exhibition reflected the beauty and diversity of Alberta's landscapes.

Mike McCartney's Liverpool - Sixties Black and White

April 2, 2002 - May 12, 2002

Mike McCartney's Liverpool featured 60 incredible images that provided new insights and a fitting final chapter to the SIXTIES story. From the McCartney's modest family home at 20 Forthlin Road in Liverpool (now a National Trust Historic site) to the legendary Cavern Club where the Beatles began performing, Mike's photographs tell an intimate, funny and dramatic tale of the city he loves and the era that changed music history.

Domestic Art: Quilts from the Museum's Collection

May 4, 2002 - September 2, 2002

Domestic Art: Quilts from the Museum's Collection was an amazing display of quilts created by unsung female artists. The exhibition displayed traditional quilt blocks and unique designs that date from the late nineteenth century to the early 1970s and includes The Bird Quilt created by an Alberta woman who used field guides to help her design the 35 birds, most of which were locally observed.

The Money / L'Argent exhibition

June 29, 2002 - September 2, 2002

To borrow a line from Monty Python, "There is nothing quite as wonderful as money!" This new exhibition from the Nickle Arts Museum in Calgary featured rare and unique examples of currency from around the globe. This exhibition brought together many items from Carl Nickle's original collection, which had been donated to The Provincial Museum of Alberta, the Glenbow Museum and The Nickle Arts Museum. Men's and women's suits made of dollar bills and a coin rubbing centre were but two of the family fun features offered at this shiny new exhibition.

Big Things

July 6, 2002 - September 29, 2002

From July 6 to September 29 2002, the Museum was home to nine large-scale sculptures created by seven local artists. This was the first time the Museum had opened its grounds to a sculptural exhibition of this size. Visitors viewed these larger-than-life sculptures while enjoying the Museum's river valley view. Originally slated to close at the end of September, this collection of beautiful large-scale sculptures created by the artists of the North Edmonton Sculpture Workshop remained on display until March 2003.

SNAP! Twenty Years of Printmaking

September 14, 2002 - November 17, 2002

In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists (SNAP), we featured 30 contemporary fine-art prints from their archives. Visitors experienced the work of some of Canada's most acclaimed print-artists and saw why Edmonton is becoming renowned for the art of printmaking.

Ancient Rome

October 12, 2002 - April 21, 2003

Visitors experienced the majesty of the ancient empire that is at the foundation of much of our modern world when the Museum opened the gates to Ancient Rome. This new exhibition was one of the largest on ancient Rome ever staged in North America, and it ended on April 21, 2003 - the very day that the city of Rome celebrated its 2,756th birthday.

A multi-sensory exploration of ancient Rome's streets, houses and triumphal architecture transported visitors to a time of emperors, conquests and radical innovation. Over 500 artifacts - many have never been seen in North America - were shown amidst the sights and sounds of Rome at its zenith.

What have the Romans ever done for us? From language to lavatories, visitors were amazed at how echoes of ancient Rome still resonate today. Visitors experienced the wonders of Ancient Rome through the eyes of Flavia, a 12 year-old Roman girl who guided people through the thousand-year span covered in this eagerly-anticipated exhibition.

Bone Diggers

December 14, 2002 - March 9, 2003

The Museum started a special new series of exhibitions that shines a spotlight on curators and their collections. The first exhibition in the series was Bone Diggers, featuring Paleontologists and some fascinating artifacts from their collection. Bone Diggers gave visitors a chance to learn all about pre-historic Alberta.

The story of Alberta began long before the first humans roamed the prairies. The Museum's Curator of Palaeontology Dr. Jim Burns and Palaeontology Technician Peter Milot are detectives of sorts, digging for clues to understand the life this land sustained before history itself began.

They are putting the pieces together, filling the gaps in our basic knowledge of prehistoric Alberta. What animals lived here? What were their distribution patterns? Where did they come from? How did they get here?

An amazing assortment of birds and mammals, including camels and mammoths, once called Alberta home. These discoveries are made through the painstaking process of finding and studying fossils that have been battered by two-kilometre thick ice sheets, rushing torrents of water and thousands of years of time.

Go Fish!

April 24, 2003 - July 10, 2003

Go Fish! was a new exhibition presented by the Provincial Museum of Alberta in partnership with the Alberta Conservation Association. It featured the research and collections of the Museum's Ichthyology program (Ichthyology is the study of fish).

The exhibition was an exploration of Alberta's fish diversity. Only about 30 percent of Alberta's fishes are considered game species and are actively sought after by about 350,000 anglers each year. The other 70 percent of the fish population are small, inconspicuous, and of little direct recreational or commercial value. However, they are critical in maintaining healthy ecosystems and the productive natural environments that enhance our own quality of life.

Led by the Museum's Curator of Ichthyology, Mark Steinhilber, the PMA collects, documents and researches Alberta fish. This collection includes all the province's species containing over 20,000 specimens. The Museum is building a collection that documents the diversity of our fish populations that will provide future generations with a window to the past.

Big Things II

May 6, 2003 - April 30, 2004

After Big Things, a successful première showing of their large-scale sculptures, the artists of the North Edmonton Sculpture Workshop featured another sampling of their impressive works on the Museum's terrace.

SNEAK PEEK - The Wild Alberta Preview Gallery

May 17, 2003 - May 19, 2003

In partnership with the Federation of Alberta Naturalists and the Alberta Conservation Association, the Museum embarked on a project to reshape the Habitat Gallery into an exciting, multi-sensory exploration of Alberta's environment. Wild Alberta uses special effects, models and the latest in computer technology to create an interactive voyage of discovery for all ages.

Wild Alberta connects visitors to the science, stories and issues that affect their natural world.
Our goal is to give visitors an entirely new perspective on nature - to look at the natural world with different eyes. For three days, visitors were provided with a sneak peek at some of the exciting new features and the new gallery's layout in the Wild Alberta Preview Gallery, located just inside the Museum's front doors.

The new Wild Alberta Gallery opened on September 20 2003

Wildlife Photographer of the Year (sponsored by BG Group)

June 5, 2003 - September 28, 2003

The Museum was proud to host the Canadian première of 2002's best wildlife photographs. Visitors saw 101 winning and commended photographs from a competition organized by BBC Wildlife magazine and the Natural History Museum in London, England. This was the only Canadian stop on the exhibition's world tour.

Forged in Fire: 19th Century Firearms in Alberta

August 14, 2003 - January 11, 2004

The third installment in the Spotlight Gallery series of exhibitions featured two magnificent collections of firearms - the Halmrast collection of American Civil War carbines and a collection of several Canadian muzzleloaders from the 19th century. Visitors also marvelled at the intricately detailed collection of 1/3 scale miniature firearms crafted by Montreal artist David Kucer.

Wild Alberta Gallery opens

September 20, 2003 - September 20, 2003

Wild Alberta led visitors on new voyages of disovery across the landscapes of Alberta and provided them with new perspectives on the natural heritage of the province. While the original Habitat gallery was conceived to show pristine nature, the new Wild Alberta gallery brought humans into the story. It recognized that human culture is a force of nature shaping modern wilderness.

The Rookie

October 11, 2003 - January 14, 2004

In 1979, Edmonton photographer Bob Peterson focused his lens on a bright young hockey player during the player's first professional season in the WHA. Since that time, Wayne Gretzky has become a national icon and will forever be known as one of hockey's greatest players. The Museum was proud to display, for the first time, this exciting collection of Bob's photographs and rare Gretzky memorabilia.

Teddy Bears are Back

December 6, 2003 - February 16, 2004

This holiday season marked the return of the popular teddy bear exhibit at The Provincial Museum of Alberta. Teddy Bears are Back, Canada's largest teddy bear exhibition, featured almost 2,000 bears in 5,000 square feet of winter wonderland. This was the 10th time the Museum has presented a teddy bear exhibition.

Teddy Bears are Back

December 6, 2003 - February 16, 2004


Alberta Naturescapes

January 24, 2004 - April 25, 2004


Every Mother's Fear: Alberta Polio Experience

February 7, 2004 - September 12, 2004


Through the Eye of a Needle

March 27, 2004 - June 6, 2004


In the Shadows of Volcanoes

March 27, 2004 - June 6, 2004


Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools

May 7, 2004 - August 2, 2004


Big Things 3

May 8, 2004 - April 30, 2005


The Salts of the Earth

June 1, 2004 - June 1, 2006


More than Meets the Eye... at the Museum!

June 1, 2004 - February 14, 2005


A Century Past: Refined Living in the New Alberta

June 19, 2004 - March 13, 2005


The GEEE! In Genome

July 8, 2004 - October 11, 2004


Wild Light: Photographs by Dale Hudjik

September 27, 2004 - January 9, 2005


Queens of the Court: The Edmonton Grads

November 6, 2004 - February 12, 2006


Alberta Remembers

November 7, 2004 - November 23, 2004


Teddies and Toys: Toy Stories Through Time

December 4, 2004 - February 27, 2005


Back Home 2005: Paintings by Karen Brownlee

January 14, 2005 - April 3, 2005


Our Alberta - Alberta Photographic Society Exhibition

April 9, 2005 - May 15, 2005


Hoof Prints to Tank Tracks - 100 years of the South Alberta Light Horse

May 7, 2005 - September 18, 2005


C is for Chinook - An Albertan Alphabet

May 19, 2005 - August 7, 2005


Royal Alberta Museum Posters

May 21, 2005 - May 21, 2005


Alberta Centennial Sculpture Exhibition

June 20, 2005 - September 25, 2005


Alberta Celebrates!

July 1, 2005 - January 29, 2006


Bug Fair 2005

July 25, 2005 - July 29, 2005


Alberta Communities: Then and Now

August 13, 2005 - November 13, 2005


Kid Stuff: Great Toys from Our Childhood

October 22, 2005 - January 9, 2006


Remembrance Day 2005

November 1, 2005 - November 30, 2005


Beneath the Surface

January 21, 2006 - March 19, 2006


Pysanky: The Art and Passion of Chester Kuc

January 28, 2006 - April 23, 2006


Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2006

January 28, 2006 - April 23, 2006


The Photographic Art Society of Alberta

March 25, 2006 - May 28, 2006


From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru

May 27, 2006 - September 4, 2006


Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Mail-Order Catalogue in Canada

May 27, 2006 - September 4, 2006


Margaret Shelton: Alberta Memories

June 3, 2006 - July 3, 2006


Big Things 4

June 3, 2006 - October 1, 2006


The Frontier in Bronze: Sculptures by Bob Scriver

June 10, 2006 - November 19, 2006


Erecting a Jeongia on the Museum grounds

June 27, 2006 - August 3, 2006

In the summer of 2005, a crew of builders skilled in traditional Korean construction techniques is erecting a pavilion called a Jeongia - a structure typically located on a site where humans and nature harmoniously converge - on the Museum's southeast lawns. By using traditional joinery methods, the Jeongia illustrates how Korean architecture has integrated ecological perspectives into its nature-oriented vision of beauty.

This Jeongia is a very special gift from the province of Gangwon, Korea that celebrates the 30th anniversary of twinning of that province with Alberta. The twinning occurred in 1974 to foster livestock-centered cooperation. Agreements have since evolved to include education, culture and sport. On the threshold of a new era in science and technology, Alberta and Gangwon have recently forged a new strategic partnership in ICT and bio-industries sectors.

Construction of the Jeongia was completed in early August. The following eighteen photos document the construction's progress from June 27 to August 3.

AFA Collects: Works by First Nations Artists

July 9, 2006 - August 27, 2006


The Queen's Rent

August 1, 2006 - October 1, 2006


Bug Fair 2006

August 8, 2006 - August 10, 2006


H. G. Glyde

September 2, 2006 - October 28, 2006


Bob the Buildertm: Project Build It

October 28, 2006 - January 28, 2007


LEGO® Ocean Adventure

October 28, 2006 - January 28, 2007


In Service to the Crown - Aboriginal Veterans of the First and Second World Wars

November 2, 2006 - November 30, 2006


In Service to the Crown - Aboriginal Veterans of the First and Second World Wars

November 2, 2006 - November 30, 2006


Allan King - Timeless Beauty of Platinum Photography

November 3, 2006 - January 14, 2007


Allan King - Timeless Beauty of Platinum Photography

November 3, 2006 - January 14, 2007


Models of Historical Edmonton

December 9, 2006 - January 21, 2007


Models of Historical Edmonton

December 9, 2006 - January 21, 2007


REMNANTS - Ray Van Nes Platinum Prints

February 1, 2007 - April 1, 2007


Galen Rowell - A Retrospective

February 17, 2007 - September 3, 2007


Cool and Collected

March 24, 2007 - September 3, 2007


Photographic Arts Society of Alberta

April 6, 2007 - May 13, 2007


Stories from the Southesk Collection: A 150-Year Journey

May 5, 2007 - May 31, 2008


Small Wonder: The Miniscule Magnified

May 19, 2007 - September 16, 2007


Bug Fair 2007

August 7, 2007 - August 8, 2007


Skyscapes - Interpretation of the Alberta Sky

September 22, 2007 - November 25, 2007


National Forest Week

September 22, 2007 - September 30, 2007


Remembrance Day

October 29, 2007 - November 18, 2007


Museum by Numbers

December 1, 2007 - January 31, 2008


Korean battleship docks at the Royal Alberta Museum

May 1, 2008 - October 31, 2008


Lost Ship, Recovered Voyages: The Empress of Ireland

May 29, 2008 - October 5, 2008


Dragons: Between Science and Fiction

June 14, 2008 - September 14, 2008


Peter Hide Sculptures

June 21, 2008 - October 5, 2008


Arte en la Charreria

October 25, 2008 - April 13, 2009


Joshua's Journey

October 25, 2008 - January 4, 2009


Alberta Cowboys in Art

November 4, 2008 - January 4, 2009


Alberta Cowboys in Art

November 4, 2008 - January 4, 2009


Heights of Fashion: A History of the Elevated Foot

November 22, 2008 - March 8, 2009


Ends of the Earth: From Polar Bears to Penguins

January 31, 2009 - April 26, 2009


Hummingbirds of the Americas

June 20, 2009 - October 31, 2009


Remembrance Day Exhibition: Women in the Canadian Armed Forces

November 11, 2009 - November 15, 2009


Natural Selections

February 13, 2010 - January 23, 2011


Reeds & Wool: Patterned Screens of Central Asia

April 3, 2010 - August 29, 2010

The Royal Alberta Museum is proud to host Reeds & Wool: Patterned Screens of Central Asia, a new international traveling exhibition produced by Kauffman Museum, Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, and organized by Dr. John L. Sommer from the reed screens in the Sommer-Krieger Collection.

Reeds and Wool features 11 richly textured and intricately patterned screens made by nomadic Kyrgyz women as traditional furnishings for a yurt or felt tent dwelling.

The exhibition displays two types of patterned screens from the 19th to mid-20th century. The long kanat chiy (3 to 4 metres in length) is placed between the yurt's lattice frame and its outer felt covering, helping to insulate against winter cold. The ashkana chiy functions as a freestanding space divider, separating the central fire and cooking area from the women's area where food and utensils are stored. In addition to 11 screens, the exhibition includes examples of pile, flatweave and felt textiles used by Kyrgyz nomads. The twining technique is explained through a hands-on, reproduction "weaving" frame.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011

May 8, 2010 - January 9, 2011

Breathtaking animal photos from around the world will amaze and delight Albertans once again as the latest installment of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition comes to the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.

Open to the public on May 8 and running through January 9, 2011, this exhibition showcases award-winning and commended photos from the 2009 edition of the world's most prestigious photography competition, organized by the Natural History Museum in London, England, and BBC Wildlife Magazine, and sponsored by Veolia Environnement.

Visitors will experience 60 extraordinary photographs, including the 17 overall category winners chosen from more than 43,000 entries from 94 countries. Just as fascinating as the shots themselves are the first-hand accounts by each photographer of how they were able to capture these incredible images of our natural world and its inhabitants.

Now in its 46th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is open to both amateur and experienced photographers, challenging them to produce uncommon photographic interpretations of nature.

Awe-inspiring in its examination of the diversity of life on earth, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition will inspire Albertans to explore nature's beauty with their cameras and submit their own photographic art to next year's competition.

A Bird in the Hand

June 30, 2010 - August 29, 2010

Since early humans first observed birds take flight, these winged creatures have captured imaginations, inspired philosophers and poets, and motivated scientists and engineers. Birds have also been a focal point for visual artists; cave paintings and representational sculptures of our avian friends date as far back as 30,000 years.

The exhibition, A Bird in the Hand, features 20 pieces created by some of Alberta's most prominent artists and art educators, exploring the many ways birds have been approached by visual artists. The works invite viewers to consider our relationships with the fine feathered friends who share our homes, backyards and skies.

A Bird in the Hand was curated by Shane Golby (Art Gallery of Alberta) for The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program, and is supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Creatures of the Abyss

June 11, 2011 - September 11, 2011

This summer, the Royal Alberta Museum invites you to take a journey to the most inaccessible ecosystem on Earth - the deep sea! It is a world more amazing and alien than anything one can imagine… this vast environment contains an amazing diversity of life, yet humans have explored surprisingly little of it. The deep sea is home to some of the strangest and most compelling creatures living in some of the most inhospitable conditions on the planet. It is a cold, dark environment in which most animals communicate by light, and the pressure is almost unimaginable for terrestrial creatures. It is a world without plant life and home to some of the largest creatures that have ever lived.

Creatures of the Abyss is a travelling exhibition produced by Science North in Sudbury, Ontario. Visitors to the gallery will experience fullscale models of exotic sea creatures, several preserved specimens, and a host of interactive elements and multi-media presentations. This deep sea journey of discovery will explore the physical features found in this strange environment as well as the creatures who call it home.

Creatures of the Abyss is a mysterious, immersive and awe-inspiring glimpse into another world that’s right here on our planet.

St. John Ambulance

July 5, 2011 - September 20, 2011

St. John Ambulance has provided health care education and skills in Alberta since 1897. Easily identified today by their bright vests and medical bags, St. John Ambulance volunteers are trained first responders to casualty situations. Celebrate the history of the St. John Council for Alberta, formed in 1911, by viewing uniforms and equipment from the Western Canadian History and the St. John Ambulance collections.

Sunwapta Totem Pole

July 7, 2011 - October 2, 2011

Sunwapta Totem Pole

For about 30 years, the Sunwapta totem pole graced the grounds of the CFRN television station on Stony Plain Road. This iconic Edmonton landmark signified the road to the mountains and the coming of television to the city.

The totem pole was carved for commercial sale by renowned carver and Squamish Chief Joe Mathias. As an artist, Mathias is best known for having created the Thunderbird Dynasty Pole in Stanley Park (1936). He also created totem poles for sale to the lumber industry. This totem pole came to Dr. G.R.A. Rice of Sunwapta Broadcasting via the Muttart Lumber family.

In autumn 2010, the totem pole came up for auction. A group of former CFRN employees came together to finance its purchase. After the auction, they donated the totem pole to the Royal Alberta Museum and provided funding for its care.

The totem pole requires extensive conservation work before it can once again be on public display. Cleaning, stabilization of the wood, and consolidation of the paint are required to restore the totem pole to its former status. The Museum hopes to undertake this work beginning in July 2011. Much of the work will be done here in our lobby-check back over the course of the summer and autumn to see how conservation on the totem pole is progressing.

Cultural and conservation advisors will work with museum staff on stabilizing the totem pole and returning it to a condition suitable for exhibition.

Cody Mathias, Squamish Nations cultural consultant
Cody Mathias's grandfather was the renowned Squamish chief and carver Joe Mathias (1885-1966), who carved the Sunwapta totem pole and many others including the renowned Thunderbird Dynasty pole in Vancouver's Stanley Park. Cody started carving at the age of ten, inspired by his father and grandfather whose knowledge of carving they were to pass on to the next generation. Cody Mathias will advise the Royal Alberta Museum on traditional colours used on the totem pole, carve infill pieces needed for the totem pole stabilization project and share valuable information about Joe Mathias's art and life.

Andrew Todd, conservator
Andrew Todd, Bowen Island, BC, is the Canadian west coast expert on preserving and treating totem poles and wood carvings in accordance with international conservation standards and in consultation with First Nations carvers. Andrew has worked with First Nations' wood carving preservation in British Columbia since 1987. He is committed, "to sharing technical knowledge and skills and receiving cultural information to enable the negotiation of the best conservation practices."

Composed Exposures

July 9, 2011 - November 27, 2011

The Royal Alberta Museum has many staff members with a keen photographic eye. Although their disciplines are diverse, they share an ability to spot natural beauty and to compose engaging photographs.

Museum staff members were asked to submit their favourite, personally-taken photographs. The staff overwhelmingly submitted more than 200 photographs.

The exhibition displays 22 of these uncommonly good images.

A River Runs Through It

October 15, 2011 - February 5, 2012

exhibit photos from A River Runs Through ItA River Runs Through It presents the impact that humankind has on river dynamics and ecosystems and highlights water management issues that affect all Canadians. Canada is home to thousands of rivers. Each river has its own story to tell and its own secrets to unveil. This travelling exhibition provides visitors with the opportunity to discover Canada's rivers, their secrets and the wonder of the waters that follow their course.

Through interactive activities, visitors can experience some of the most beautiful Canadian rivers from on board a canoe, witness the impacts people have on the dynamics of rivers, learn some of the many plant and animal species that live in and around rivers and evaluate the health of rivers by sampling invertebrates. People are invited to manage a dam while considering the impacts on wildlife and humans, weigh the water used to brush one's teeth with a running faucet, find out how we can manage the demand for water without harming the environment and listen to stories of water molecules that are as old as our planet. Children have the chance to experience a salmon's adventure as it makes its way up a river to spawn and can even pretend to fish for these amazing creatures in the mighty Fraser River.

A River Runs Through It combines play, discovery and fun and takes the entire family on an unforgettable journey of exploration into the life of rivers.

World Wildlife Fund and the Sherbrooke Nature and Science Museum present this bilingual travelling exhibition.

A River Runs Through It, a bilingual exhibition, opens at the Royal Alberta Museum October 15, 2011, and runs through to February 5, 2012.

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Threads of Comfort and Hope

October 22, 2011 - November 13, 2011

In honour of Remembrance Day, 2011 the Royal Alberta Museum presents Quilt Aid: Threads of Comfort and Hope. This display, which features three quilts produced in Alberta over the past 100 years, acknowledges the ongoing and necessary home front contribution in support of Canada's troops abroad.

Collections from Home: Bells

November 4, 2011 - February 12, 2012

Bells is a beautiful display that's sure to "resonate"! Made up of private collections from Royal Alberta Museum staff members, it features bells from North America, Europe and Asia. Though bells are used the world over, their significance and symbolism vary widely from continent to continent and from culture to culture. Whether herding cattle or rung as part of a religious rite, chiming, clanging and ringing bells are a part of people's lives and cultures.

Narrative Quest

November 5, 2011 - April 29, 2012

Narrative Quest features a selection of artworks by 22 Aboriginal artists from the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. The exhibition showcases a variety of traditional and contemporary styles in diverse media, from 2-D works of art to 3-D works, including soapstone carving and more.

The prevalent themes in these artworks are often based on storytelling. These are stories that have been shared by the elders, stories of a search for understanding and meaning, stories of identity and belonging, and stories retold to preserve a threatened culture. They are stories immersed in the past, reflective of the present and hopeful for the future.

Narrative Quest is dedicated to the memory of Joane Cardinal-Schubert (1942 – 2009).

"Let the next Generation be born with the knowledge of what has passed."
(from the poem Keeper by Joane Cardinal-Schubert)

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Culture Crates

December 4, 2011 - January 30, 2012

While much discussion ensues around art, be it style, nuance or intent, there's often very little focus placed on the buildings and galleries that "contain" the art we enjoy. This travelling exhibition from the Art Gallery of Alberta explores the architecture of new or newly renovated cultural institutions in the cities of Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Medicine Hat. Visitors are invited to examine the physical structure of these buildings, the art and purpose behind the architecture and the changing nature of art itself.

Faces of Labour

February 4, 2012 - June 24, 2012

From the encouraging words of a teacher to the reassuring skill of a firefighter, Alberta's history is written in the stories—and faces—of its working men and women.

Faces of Labour is an archival photo exhibit in the Royal Alberta Museum's Orientation Gallery honouring one hundred years of organized labour in Alberta. The exhibit shows 20 portraits of Albertans in occupations ranging from nurse to government file clerk to ironworker. Faces of Labour salutes Alberta's legacy of hard work over the past century and beyond.

Faces of Labour is presented in partnership with the Alberta Labour History Institute, the Provincial Archives of Alberta and the United Nurses of Alberta. Images will be on display from February 4 to June 24.

Nurses pose at a travelling health clinic Emergency Hospital, perhaps at a fair ground, in 1928. Courtesy: Provincial Archives of Alberta A11761A decorator hand paints a plate at Medalta Pottery in Medicine Hat in 1954.  Courtesy: Provincial Archives of Alberta A8695Bert Bouwmeester, cook at the Corona Restaurant on Jasper Avenue, poses at the new lunch counter in 1956.  Courtesy: Provincial Archives of Alberta RP67.6

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Weekly home delivery of ice for refrigeration was once as common as milk delivery.
Courtesy: Provincial Archives of Alberta BL616.5

Winged Tapestries: Moths at Large

February 18, 2012 - September 3, 2012

Colourful treasures revealed in a stunning photographic exhibition showcasing the hidden beauty of Moths

English title: Great Tiger Moth (Arctia caja americana)—Camp Fortune, Quebec—August 9, 2004; French title: Ècaille martre américaine (Arctia caja americana)— Camp Fortune, Québec—9 août 2004A travelling exhibition from the Canadian Museum of Nature, Winged Tapestries: Moths at Large opens February 18th and runs until September 3rd at the Royal Alberta Museum.

The arresting beauty and surprising diversity of moths from the Ottawa region are unveiled in a number of impressive, large-format prints of moths by Ottawa photographer Jim des Rivières. Three of the pieces in the show reach almost two meters, enabling visitors to see both front and back of the moth in startling detail.

A seemingly dull brown moth spotted from a distance can prove to be a complex, colourful treasure when viewed up close. Des Rivières created these fascinating, larger than life images by placing each moth specimen on a flatbed scanner. He scanned them at the very high resolution of 4800 dpi. The results are spectacular–huge images revealing unexpected colours and intricate patterns.

English title: Bordered Thorn (Nematocampa resistaria)—Lac Bonin, Quebec—July 10, 2007;  French title: Nématocampe (Nematocampa resistaria)—Lac Bonin, Québec—10 julliet 2007English title: Io Moth (Automeris io)—Crosby, Ontario—June 7, 2004;  French title: Automéris io (Automeris io)—Crosby, Ontario—7 juin 2004English title: Large Maple Spanworm Moth (Prochoerodes lineola)—Lac Bonin, Quebec—August 6, 2006;  French title: Arpenteuse transverse de l'érable (Prochoerodes lineola)—Lac Bonin, Québec—6 août 2006

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Winged Tapestries: Moths at Large opens just in time for Family Day weekend festivities at the Museum!

Fashioning Feathers

March 24, 2012 - January 6, 2013

"Plume boom" produced exquisite hats... at a cost

Fashioning Feathers is a beautiful collaborative effort... between Natural and Human History... between the Royal Alberta Museum and the Material Culture Institute at the University of Alberta... and between fashion, millinery work and the endangerment of a whole class of animals.

Fashioning Feathers originated with two curators Drs. Patchett and Gomez who first saw their vision come to life at the University of Alberta's FAB Gallery in May 2011 in conjunction with the Material Institute's craft symposium. Since that time, the Royal Alberta Museum's very own Dr. Jocelyn Hudon, Curator of Ornithology and Cathy Roy, Curator of Western Canadian History, have worked together with the original curators to enhance and broaden the scope of the exhibit which now includes an expanded Prairie Millinery component, some incredible specimen from the Ornithology collection at RAM and stunning artifacts from the Western Canadian History collection at RAM.

The exhibit provides an opportunity to share, with visitors, the beauty of the birds and the hats they adorned but also to examine the effect fashion's demand for these exquisite feathers had on bird populations at the beginning of the twentieth century. The feathers for these hats came from countless colourful species from around the world including newly colonized areas like New Guinea with its birds-of-paradise and crowned pigeons.

For the Fashioning Feathers exhibit, the Museum brings out from the vaults, several examples of species harvested for their feathers, many from faraway places and also some extraordinary hats from the Museum's extensive and impressive collection.


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The Material Culture Institute, University of Alberta provided support for an earlier version of this exhibition.

Wolf to Woof

June 9, 2012 - September 16, 2012

The largest and most comprehensive travelling exhibition on the history, biology and evolution of dogs, Wolf to Woof sniffs out the facts on man's best friend. This exhibit has four themed sections including multi-media displays, artifacts, photo murals and dioramas along with interactive, hands-on components.

For centuries, dogs and people have worked side by side. Dogs have served as hunters, herders, warriors. Over time, the breeding of domestic dogs has resulted in animals whose size, temperament and loyalty made them far better suited as human companions than as members of a pack. Dog breeders would select for physical traits like size and hunting ability, and also for personality traits that make a dog trainable, friendly, communicative and loyal. They were bred for speed, stamina, aggression, strength or size. Dogs were also bred for looks and style.

While most dogs today hold the primary role of pet and friend, some will work as assistants for people with disabilities or as important members of search and rescue teams.

No other single species in the animal kingdom has their variety of shapes and sizes and no other has captured our hearts quite like the dog!

Best Buddy Contest

Royal Alberta Museum and Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society got together and created the Best Buddy Contest. The top 30 dogs from this contest now have their photos and stories proudly displayed in the entrance to the exhibition for Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs. To see the 30 winning dogs and also the dog that inspired the contest, visit our Facebook page. You do not need to be a member of Facebook to view our page but we'd love it if you'd join and "like" us!

Also please note: If you entered a dog and he/she isn't on our wall, you can still see your pooch on our TV slide presentation in the Museum Café!

Maskwacîs (Bear Hills)

June 30, 2012 - September 3, 2012

Carolyn Buffalo<br />Pow Wow Dancer<br />n.d., Digital photograph<br />Collection of the artist

The exhibition Maskwacîs (Bear Hills) presents, through an eclectic mix of art work and cultural artifacts, the vivid community of Maskwacîs, or Hobbema, Alberta. In this presentation, multiple interpretations are assembled alongside one another and a conversation is to be had&ndash;a conversation that could change how a Nation is perceived.

The images presented tell a story. Each image, each story, is a reflection of a personal and collective psyche. This exhibition seems to ask viewers to piece together a series of snapshots in a way that may shift their opinions of a place and of a people. In this way, the visual images help us traverse the space between the familiar and the unknown.

The exhibition Maskwacîs (Bear Hills) was curated by Myra Saskatchewan and coordinated by Sandi Hiemer for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program, organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta. The AFA Travelling Exhibition Program is financially supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. The exhibition Maskwacîs (Bear Hills) was made possible through sponsorship from Syncrude Canada.

Celebrating 100 Years of Geology at the U of A

August 30, 2012 - September 24, 2012

The year 2012 marks the centennial of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. This exhibition of twenty photographs provides an impression of the personnel and activities in the early years of the department.

All photos are from the University of Alberta Archives and Department files.

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Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee

September 29, 2012 - January 13, 2013

This photographic exhibition pays tribute to The Queen's unfailing dedication to her duties as monarch, her steadfast commitment to her people, and their enduring regard for her.

The year 2012 marks the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. A young Princess Elizabeth ascended the British throne and those of seven Commonwealth Realms, including Canada, on February 6th, 1952. Out of respect for her father's untimely death, her Coronation took place the following year on June 2nd, 1953. First as Princess, then as Queen, Elizabeth has travelled to Canada 23 times visiting Alberta in 1951, 1959, 1973, 1978 (opening the XI Commonwealth Games in Edmonton) and 2005 (participating in the province's 100th anniversary celebrations).

The exhibition is sponsored and hosted by the Provincial Archives of Alberta and the Royal Alberta Museum.

The Tsars' Cabinet

October 6, 2012 - January 2, 2013

A rare glimpse into the lost opulence of Imperial Russia!

The Russian court under the Romanovs was famous for its excess. Beginning with Michael I and ending with the tragic loss of Nicholas II, who was executed during the Russian Revolution, the Romanovs spent lavishly to demonstrate their authority and enlightenment. Each successive generation of Tsars surpassed the other in an effort to show the world that their court was the best and brightest, and was a European power to be admired and feared.

The dazzling porcelains and superb decorative arts in this exhibition are a reflection of the private and public splendour of the life of the Romanovs.

Imperial Porcelain Factory, Russia<br />Charger, Cup and Saucer, and Bowl from the Kremlin Service, c. 1840-1855<br />Porcelain<br />© Giovanni Lundardi PhotographyImperial Porcelain Factory, Russia<br />Russia Dessert Plate from the Kremlin Service, c. 1840-1855<br />Porcelain<br />© Giovanni Lundardi PhotographyFirm of Ovchinnikov, Russia<br />Durnovo Casket, 1889<br />Silver gilt, enamel and lapis lazuli<br />© Giovanni Lundardi Photography

The Tsars' Cabinet is developed from the Kathleen Durdin Collection and is organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, in collaboration with International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

Canadian Casualties of the Afghan Conflict

October 27, 2012 - November 18, 2012

In Remembrance, the Royal Alberta Museum will display photographs to honour the memory of Canadians killed while on operational duty in Afghanistan.

Canadian military and government personnel deployed to Afghanistan in late 2001 and early 2002. This was in response to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. In the intervening years Canadians have participated in combat, reconstruction and training missions throughout Afghanistan. These actions have resulted in casualties– thousands of injuries and 159 deaths. Many were caused by improvised explosive devices, or roadside bombs.

Every November 11th, Canadians pay tribute to members of the military who have died in service to Canada.

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Images courtesy Department of National Defence.

Inuujaq: Dolls of the Canadian Arctic

November 27, 2012 - April 28, 2013

Celebrating the colourful tradition of doll making in a land of ice and snow

Opening November 27th and running until April 28th, 2013, INUUJAQ: Dolls of the Canadian Arctic explores the colourful tradition of Inuit doll-making. "Inuujaq" (In-oo-yak) in Inuktitut means "resembles a person". Some of the dolls in this exhibition have been modeled after real people. Others depict clothing or tools used by the doll makers, their parents or grandparents.

Parkas, pants, mittens and kamiks (boots) are cut, sewn and embellished in the same way as traditional garments. Made with great care and an eye for authentic detail, these dolls embody cherished cultural values and are often made from seal skin, caribou hide, muskrat fur, musk ox hair, sic sic (ground squirrel) fur, arctic hare fur, wolf, leather, stone, wood, antler and fabric. The clothing often reflects the clothing of the communities they are from. The heads of the dolls may be of leather, stone, fabric or wood.

The exhibition features 80 dolls from 19 Inuit communities. Although the Inuit have fashioned dolls for centuries, most of the dolls in this exhibition were never intended to be used as toys for children. They are part of a larger trade in souvenirs.

From the collection of the Royal Alberta Museum, the Tracy Collection, the Aarts Collection, the A.E. Anfindsen Collection, the Douglas & Struthers Collection, the Lakey Collection, the Lee Collection, the Manson Collection, the Newton Collection, the Dr. Nancy Wachowich Collection and one other anonymous donor.

Guest Curators: Bill and Michelle Tracy

Arctic 4

November 27, 2012 - May 20, 2013

Exploring tales and traditions from Canada's North

This winter, the Royal Alberta Museum celebrates Edmonton's northern connections with a series of new feature exhibitions.

Inuujaq: Dolls of the Canadian Arctic

NOVEMBER 27, 2012 - APRIL 28, 2013

Celebrating the colourful tradition of doll making in a land of ice and snow

Opening November 27th and running until April 28th, 2013, INUUJAQ: Dolls of the Canadian Arctic explores the colourful tradition of Inuit doll-making. "Inuujaq" (In-oo-yak) in Inuktitut means "resembles a person". Some of the dolls in this exhibition have been modeled after real people. Others depict clothing or tools used by the doll makers, their parents or grandparents.

Parkas, pants, mittens and kamiks (boots) are cut, sewn and embellished in the same way as traditional garments. Made with great care and an eye for authentic detail, these dolls embody cherished cultural values and are often made from seal skin, caribou hide, muskrat fur, musk ox hair, sic sic (ground squirrel) fur, arctic hare fur, wolf, leather, stone, wood, antler and fabric. The clothing often reflects the clothing of the communities they are from. The heads of the dolls may be of leather, stone, fabric or wood.

The exhibition features 80 dolls from 19 Inuit communities. Although the Inuit have fashioned dolls for centuries, most of the dolls in this exhibition were never intended to be used as toys for children. They are part of a larger trade in souvenirs.

From the collection of the Royal Alberta Museum, the Tracy Collection, the Aarts Collection, the A.E. Anfindsen Collection, the Douglas & Struthers Collection, the Lakey Collection, the Lee Collection, the Manson Collection, the Newton Collection, the Dr. Nancy Wachowich Collection and one other anonymous donor.

Guest Curators: Bill and Michelle Tracy

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Cold Recall: Roald Amundsen's Reflections from the Northwest Passage

JANUARY 19 - APRIL 28, 2013

Roald Amundsen was among the first to winter in Antarctica. He was the first to navigate the Northwest Passage in one and the same ship. He was the first to reach the South Pole, a navigator of the Northeast Passage, and the first to fly to latitude 88&deg;N. He was the first to fly across the Arctic Ocean.

Amundsen was born on 16 July 1872 on a small farm in south-eastern Norway, of a family of farmers and sailors. He was not an academic of nature, and from the age of 15 he had decided he would be a polar explorer. He was inspired by the story of the Franklin expedition (1845-48) and all the later expeditions that had searched the area north of the Canadian mainland for the two lost ships and 129 men. Amundsen's first goal was therefore the navigation of the Northwest Passage.

The exhibition features large-scale reproductions of century-old lantern slides and other images taken by the famed Norwegian explorer, who in 1905 became the first man to navigate the Northwest Passage. Scenes of life aboard the expedition's ship, Gjoa, of equipment used in making magnetic observations, and of Inuit individuals who assisted the expedition are illuminated by Amundsen's own commentary.

Courtesy of: The Royal Norwegian Embassy Collection

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Echoes in the Ice: History, Mystery, and Frozen Corpses
Prisonniers de la glace: Histoire, mystère et corps gelés

FEBRUARY 16 - MAY 20, 2013

The doomed Franklin expedition of 1845-48 haunts the Canadian imagination. Ever since the ships Erebus and Terror disappeared on their search for the elusive Northwest Passage, mystery has surrounded the fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew. Why did the expedition fail so spectacularly? What catastrophe felled Franklin and many of his crew–and what became of the survivors? What role, if any, did cannibalism play? Presenting the results of recent forensic research along with artifacts recovered from a site where at least 11 crew members perished, the feature exhibition Echoes in the Ice investigates these and other intriguing questions.

The lost Franklin expedition has long inspired artists as well as scientists, and collages by artist Rik van Glintenkamp form an integral part of this exhibition. Incorporating images from historic photos and archival documents, they portray the achievements of 20 individuals, from Martin Frobisher to Roald Amundsen, who shared Franklin's passion for Arctic exploration. The exhibition also examines how contemporary researchers are investigating the impact of climate change on the same landscapes that held Franklin's ships ice-bound some 160 years ago.

A co-production of Gone West Productions and the Canada Science and Technology Museum, with the generous support of Natural Resources Canada and Parks Canada Agency.
Une co-production de Gone West Productions et le Musée des sciences et de la technologie du Canada, avec le génVreux appui de Ressources naturalles Canada et l'Agence Parcs Canada.

*This exhibition is bilingual

Some of the images may be disturbing to younger visitors

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Irene Avaalaaqiaq: Myth and Reality

FEBRUARY 16 - MAY 20, 2013

"The stories my grandmother told me are from the time when animals used to talk like human beings. . .They stopped talking not very long ago." –Irene Avaalaaqiaq

An exhibition of 16 wall hangings by master Inuit artist Irene Avaalaaqiaq opens in our feature gallery on February 16. Bold designs and bright colours are signature elements of Avaalaaqiaq's work. So, too, is storytelling. Raised by her grandparents after her mother's early death, Avaalaaqiaq grew up on the land. Many of her wall hangings interpret stories she heard as a child about the time when animals transformed into humans–and vice versa.

From the Collection of the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario

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River's Edge

December 7, 2012 - May 5, 2013

Now on display!
Largest petrified tree stump ever recovered in Alberta

Weighing 3034 kilograms (6690 lbs) and measuring two metres across with a maximum height of 88 centimetres, this impressive specimen was discovered in March on the shore of the Athabasca River south of Fox Creek. This spectacular "find" provides a glimpse of Alberta's landscape around 60 to 65 million years ago, shortly after the extinction of the dinosaurs.

While the wild rose may be Alberta's best-known emblem, many may not realize that in 1977, petrified wood was designated the official stone of Alberta. Petrified wood is a common part of any young Albertan's rock collection and small pieces can be found throughout the province. However, large, intact and well-preserved tree stumps are rare.

Melissa Bowerman, Assistant Curator of Geology, led the recovery effort. Because of the specimen's size and the remote location, this was a particularly challenging task, which involved a number of people including staff from the Royal Tyrrell Museum, the Alberta Motor Association, Kehoe Marine Parts and Don and Julia Waddell to name a few.

The specimen was excavated from the mud bank and stabilized with straps for transport. A custom sling and winches were required to pull it onto a purpose-built wooden barge. The barge and its cargo were towed downriver to the nearest road access and loaded onto a truck for the journey to Edmonton and eventually, to the Museum.

Quick Facts

Common Questions and Answers

Is this a fossil or a stone?

Both. Petrified wood is considered a fossil. Fossils are the remnants of living organisms in the past that have been preserved. Petrified wood is comprised of finely crystalline quartz and other minor accessory minerals that have entirely replaced the original wood. The word petrify originates from the Greek word petros, meaning "stone" or "rock".

How did the tree become petrified?

This tree has been preserved by two different processes. The majority of the stump has been petrified by the process of permineralization. This involves the replacement of organic structure by minerals, in this case quartz. Other small parts of the stump have been preserved by the process of coalification, in which organic matter is transformed into coal due to heat and pressure.

How old is it?

The specimen is likely about 60 to 65 million years old. It was living soon after the extinction of the dinosaurs.

How can you tell how old it is?

We can estimate the age of the petrified tree stump based on the age of the rock in which it was found. This rock is part of the Paskapoo Formation, a sandstone which is early Paleocene in age. The Paleocene is unit of geological time spanning 56 to 65 million years. The age of a rock unit is determined by analyzing its component minerals and included fossils, especially microfossils such as pollen.

How unusual is this discovery?

Although petrified wood is common throughout Alberta, large and well-preserved specimens are rare. This is the largest petrified tree stump ever collected in the province. This is also the largest palaeontological specimen collected to date from a remote location in Alberta.

What are some of the unique characteristics of this particular fossil specimen?

This specimen shows a remarkable preservation of small-scale structure. This may assist in determining the species of tree. Counting its rings should provide an estimate of the tree's age when it died.

What sort of conservation work has been done since its recovery?

Preliminary cleaning has been completed. During this process, the specimen was allowed to dry slowly to prevent cracking. A specially-constructed crate was built with a cushion of sand to provide safe support.

What conservation work still needs to occur?

After exhibition, additional cleaning and stabilization of loose fragments and minor fractures will take place.

What happens next?

Curatorial staff will undertake research to determine the species of tree and better constrain its geologic age. The results of this research will inform the display at the planned downtown Royal Alberta Museum as well as the Museum's public and education programming.

Cold Recall: Roald Amundsen's Reflections from the Northwest Passage

January 19, 2013 - April 28, 2013

Roald Amundsen was among the first to winter in Antarctica. He was the first to navigate the Northwest Passage in one and the same ship. He was the first to reach the South Pole, a navigator of the Northeast Passage, and the first to fly to latitude 88°N. He was the first to fly across the Arctic Ocean.

Amundsen was born on 16 July 1872 on a small farm in south-eastern Norway, of a family of farmers and sailors. He was not an academic of nature, and from the age of 15 he had decided he would be a polar explorer. He was inspired by the story of the Franklin expedition (1845-48) and all the later expeditions that had searched the area north of the Canadian mainland for the two lost ships and 129 men. Amundsen's first goal was therefore the navigation of the Northwest Passage.

The exhibition features large-scale reproductions of lantern slides and other images taken by the famed Norwegian explorer, who in 1905 became the first man to navigate the Northwest Passage. Scenes of life aboard the expedition's ship, the Gjoa Haven, of equipment used in making magnetic observations, and of Inuit individuals who assisted the expedition are illuminated by Amundsen's own commentary.

Credit: The Royal Norwegian Embassy Collection

Echoes in the Ice: History, Mystery, and Frozen Corpses

February 16, 2013 - May 20, 2013


Irene Avaalaaqiaq: Myth and Reality

February 16, 2013 - May 20, 2013


Chop Suey on the Prairies

April 20, 2013 - April 27, 2014

There are more Chinese restaurants in North America than many of the popular fast food joints combined. Chinese restaurants range in size and grandeur from upscale banquet halls serving over 500 people, to small, hole-in-the-wall cafés run by families with the parents cooking and serving, and children doing homework in the corner. Travel to any town in Alberta, large or small, and chances are you will find a Chinese restaurant. Find out what makes them special. Is it the food or the people? And what actually makes a Chinese restaurant, "Chinese"? The exhibition Chop Suey on the Prairies tries to answer these questions and unveils some surprising truths about the history of Chinese restaurants in Alberta.

Free Audio Tour Available!

If you have an iPhone or iPod you can download the free Chop Suey Audio Tour app from iTunes. If you do not have an iPhone or iPod you can loan an iPod Shuffle - ask at the Admissions desk.

Historic Sites and Museums, Alberta Culture

Alberta Mushrooms

May 1, 2013 - September 15, 2013

Alberta Mushrooms! Surprisingly colourful and eye-catching photographs, featuring the Alberta mushroom are now on display in our Orientation Gallery. Mushrooms are the reproductive state or the fruiting body of fungal organisms. They often appear mysteriously, almost overnight, in an amazing variety of shapes, sizes and colours. These photographs were collected by the Alberta Mycological Society as part of their annual photo contest.

Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design

June 15, 2013 - October 6, 2013

Pottier & Stymus and Company, <em>Egyptian Revival Side Chair</em>, 1875 Frank Gehry, <em>High Stool</em>, 1971 Frank Lloyd Wright, <em>Johnson Wax Company Chair</em>, 1938 Thomas E. Warren, <em>Centripetal Spring Arm Chair</em>, 1850 Charles Eames and Ray Eames, <em>Lounge Chair Wood</em>, 1954

The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design presents a survey of exceptional American chair design from the early 19th century to the present day. The chair is experienced not only as a functional item, but as sculptural in view—the chair as art.

Each of the approximately 40 chairs in the exhibition is chosen for its beauty and historical context with important social, economic, political and cultural influences. Each chair has a story to tell—whether of an American community, an individual artist, an engineering innovation or even natural epidemics.

Selections from The Jacobsen Collection of American Art are joined by contemporary designs offering a stylistic journey in furniture with show-stoppers by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter Brothers, Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and Frank Gehry, among others.

The Art of Seating is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville in collaboration with the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

Exhibit Catalogue

Download the accompanying Art of Seating exhibit catalogue for more information about the chairs displayed in the exhibit.

Historic Sites and Museums, Alberta Culture

Milton and Cheadle Plates

July 2, 2013 - December 9, 2013

These delicately decorated plates commemorate an early tourists' journey to western Canada. The fine bone china contrasts with the rough life and challenging conditions experienced by the travellers.

Milton and Cheadle were among the first tourists to come through what is now Alberta. The plates are part of a dessert service that they commissioned as a souvenir of the trip after they returned to England. The Minton factory adapted the images on the plates from pictures and entries in Milton and Cheadle's diaries.

The plates are also significant because it is rare to find material culture relevant to Alberta's history that dates from the 1860s.

Milton achieved technical excellence in the Victorian age. The pierced border around the plates is embellished with a newly developed acid gold technique that enabled the production of the textured gold finish that you see on the leaf motif borders, floral roundels, and Milton's monogram. The plates offer a sharp contrast between the rough conditions the travellers experienced and the English society that valued decorative arts objects such as these plates.

Pattern Wizardry

November 9, 2013 - March 9, 2014

Pattern Wizardry

November 9, 2013 - March 9, 2014

English | Français

Pattern is everywhere. It is in the rhythm of clicking keyboard keys. It is in the expertly sewn quilt. It is in the symmetry of a blossoming wild rose. A quick scan of our city reveals many people interacting with and creating pattern: a baby contemplates a patterned picture in a story book, a child skips at recess, a teenager listens to rhythmic music on an iPod, a poet shares his work on the LRT. Pattern touches countless aspects of our lives as Albertans.

For this reason, the Royal Alberta Museum is thrilled to host Pattern Wizardry in the Feature Gallery. This bilingual (English/ French) exhibition immerses visitors in the wonders of pattern by showcasing objects from the vast collection of the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Through activity, hands-on interactions with objects and multimedia installations, visitors gain appreciation for how pattern organizes and enriches their lives.

In the exhibition, children can don colourful capes to become 'apprentice wizards'. Rhyming text guides them through the discovery portals where they recognize, identify, compare and create patterns. Children experience pattern as they spiral through a maze, create patterns with magnets, and walk into a mirrored cone to see themselves reflected in repetitive symmetry. They are able to create musical patterns with special wands and explore the wizard library.

Caregivers and educators alike will enjoy guiding children through this rich, integrated learning environment, helping them to navigate the various portals. Who knows? They may even learn a thing or two from the apprentice wizards.

The exhibition presents activity ideas to ensure that the adventure extends well beyond the visit. Pattern Wizardry brings education curriculum to life by connecting mathematics with literacy, culture, music, nature and fun!

Bring the whole family, your class or your school and master the art of Pattern Wizardry!

Seeds in Disguise

November 16, 2013 - February 16, 2014

Spotlight Gallery

This exhibition focuses on ornamental seeds "disguised" as beads in jewellery, trinkets and ornaments. Seeds, like people, have many interesting facets to their complex biology. Travel, chemistry, medicine and industry are part of the stories of the ornamental seeds in this exhibition. Aspects of seed biology and the plants they come from are revealed. This bilingual travelling exhibition is on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum.

Species at Risk

November 24, 2013 - March 16, 2014

Orientation Gallery

This exhibition showcases 26 photos of species at risk in Alberta, with accompanying information about each species and ways that people can help to conserve them and their habitats. The exhibition aims to make people aware of the variety of species at risk in Alberta and is on loan from the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division of the Alberta Government.

Western Threads

April 12, 2014 - August 4, 2014

Be inspired by beautiful wall art, whimsical dolls, colourful quilts, stunning wearable art and pictorial rugs.

Over 100 fibre art pieces are featured in the Western Threads: Contemporary Fibre Art exhibition. 'Fibre art' is a post second world war term that describes the work done by artists using fibre as an art medium. Fibre artists today continue to experiment and use innovative techniques to breathe new life into ancient fibre techniques. Today, photo transfer techniques and computer-generated designs are applied to traditional quilting, rug hooking and weaving techniques. Fibre artists who strictly adhere to traditional techniques enliven their work with new materials to add texture, colour and luminosity.

This exhibition brings together the remarkable work by members of the Focus on Fibre Art Association, the Heritage Rug Hookers of Saskatoon and the Studio Art Quilt Associates, Western Canadian Branch.

Vibrant colours and rich textures provide the "common thread" for these exquisitely uncommon works of art.

Get involved. Give it a whirl. Try Your Hand.

Worn to be Wild

June 14, 2014 - September 7, 2014

Worn to Be Wild uncovers the history and modern significance of the black leather jacket. Through it we experience the transition of leather jackets from functional wear, to symbol of courage and cool, to iconic expression within popular culture, to flamboyant artistic design in applied arts and fashion.

During the last half of the twentieth century, the black leather jacket became a powerful symbol of rugged individualism and rebellion. Its roots and its history run much deeper than that however and our current perceptions of it embody some interesting contradictions. Arising from garments originally developed to protect their wearers from danger or the elements; the leather jacket was eventually adopted by many who rejected mainstream ideas of fashion. The current cultural meaning of leather jackets arises from its adoption and use by numerous groups of people including the military, motorcycle gangs, and punk rockers. The leather jacket is now also viewed as a highly desirable accessory for the fashion-conscious.

Worn to Be Wild is the result of a partnership between EMP Museum in Seattle, WA and the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, WI. The exhibition encompasses nearly 150 artifacts and includes fifty leather jackets. But the exhibition goes beyond telling the story of how the leather jacket became a nearly universal symbol of toughness and cool in modern popular culture.

Exhibition Highlights include:

Time to plan a road trip!

Organized by Harley-Davidson Museum© in partnership with EMP Museum

Black Gold

July 5, 2014 - August 24, 2014

Black Gold invites visitors to consider the history, the importance and the challenges of Alberta's oil industry through thoughtful, inspiring works of art.

On May 14, 1914, the Calgary Petroleum Products Company struck gas in Turner Valley with Dingman Well No. 1. This discovery began a fervor of oil and gas activity in that particular region that would last for almost three decades and ushered in the petroleum industry throughout the rest of the province.

Inspired by the centenary of the Turner Valley discoveries, the exhibition Black Gold features the artwork of contemporary artists whose creative expressions have been stimulated by this industry and the impacts it's had on the development of the province and the lives of Albertans industry from its infancy in Turner Valley through to the ongoing development of the Athabasca Oil Sands.

Black Gold features the work of artists Paul Bernhardt, Bruno Canadien, Steven Dixon, Judith E. Hall, Leya Russell and Justin Wayne Shaw. Through their works these artists shine a spotlight on the oil industry in Alberta, presenting personal perceptions and inviting reflection on the diverse and complex environmental and social issues associated with the extraction and use of 'Black Gold'.

The exhibition Black Gold was curated by Shane Golby and organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program.

Finding Place: Exploring Home Through Field Journal Art

August 30, 2014 - November 30, 2014

Orientation Gallery

Science and art meet in a celebration of the natural history just outside our backdoor. As a naturalist and ecologist, Dr. Lyn Baldwin's work explores home—defined as the northwestern corner of North America. Transcribed journal entries have become "field journal paintings." In recognition of the story-telling power of richly illustrated narratives, this field journal art uses both written text and images to document moments of natural history.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

November 28, 2014 - April 12, 2015

Experience the beauty, fragility, and array of life on our planet through the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Royal Alberta Museum. Wildlife Photographer of the Year (now on its 50th year) is an internationally renowned photography competition that celebrates the very best of nature photography through awe-inspiring images captured by photographers of all ages from across the globe. The competition is co-owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth—the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.

This year's winners include stunning images of everything from a scorpion in the midst of sunbathing to a volcano eruption. The winning entries from the competition are selected based on a number of criteria including: artistry, creativity and technical complexity. Don't miss this breath-taking exhibition. Plan your visit today!

Nowhere People

December 6, 2014 - March 22, 2015

This photographic exhibition gives a human face to the global issue of statelessness. Although nationality might seem like a universal birthright, up to 10 million people around the world are living without it. This exhibition reveals the impact of statelessness on people and communities who find themselves excluded from society by forces beyond their control.

Statelessness is a massive problem that occurs for a variety of reasons, including the conflict of nationality laws between countries and the failure to include all residents as citizens when a state becomes independent. Discrimination is also a root cause. Exclusionary nationality laws and policies have had a disproportionate impact on ethnic, linguistic and religious minority groups. Though many states now ensure gender equality, a number of states maintain laws which allow only men to confer nationality on their children.

Over the past eight years, photographer Greg Constantine has been working to bring to light the stories of stateless people around the world and to give a human face to this global issue.

This exhibition supports the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees global campaign to end statelessness.

Natural Hi-stories

March 28, 2015 - June 21, 2015

Orientation Gallery

Rayma Peterson is an art educator and botanical artist who works primarily in watercolour, pen and ink. With a scientific background in Botany, she is passionate about showing people the exquisite beauty underfoot in western Canada. Her paintings are historical documents, showing plants in their native habitats in a given location. Each painting tells a story and she strives to ensure that the works are ecologically correct, grouping the plants according to their habitats and environmental relationships. She paints not only flowering plants, but also their more humble relatives such as fungi, lichens, mosses and even algae. Her favourite habitats are calcareous springs and fens, foothills, grasslands, sub-alpine and alpine areas, wetlands and tide pools. Rayma has taught every age group and her work has been published in books, magazines and calendars.

Glimpses of the Grasslands: The Artistic Vision of Colin Starkevich

May 16, 2015 - September 27, 2015

Feature Gallery

Wildlife artist Colin Starkevich, a native Edmontonian, shares his passion for the Grasslands region of Alberta in his world première exhibition of "Glimpses of the Grasslands: The artistic vision of Colin Starkevich".

Through this exhibition, Colin depicts the uniqueness of the Grassland landscape of southern Alberta and its wild inhabitants. Colin intends the artworks to show others some of the beautiful wild places that exist not too far from our front doorstep. He also hopes to use the work in this series to contribute to conservation projects within the region, while raising awareness of the Grasslands.

Colin's intentions are to refine and improve his artistic practice, while growing this body of work which he holds particularly close to his heart. Given his fascination for the Grasslands, he will probably be adding to this series for the rest of his life. To Colin, this exhibition marks the dawning of The Grassland Series.

The Grand Tour

June 28, 2015 - August 27, 2015

Though holidays and travel are now both expectations and active pursuits for many people, this was not always the case. Until the late 19th century these past-times were primarily the preserves of the wealthy and followed a prescribed itinerary.

Over the centuries the geographic range and accessibility of travel for all has increased and artists have continued to be inspired by distant lands and cultures. Whether recording what is seen or using the visible to investigate other concerns, the exhibition The Grand Tour examines this ‘lure of the exotic’ as it has been expressed in the work of four contemporary artists from Alberta. Taking the viewer to China, France, India, Italy and North Africa, the artworks in this exhibition look beyond the familiar tourist sites, focusing attention on what may be overlooked and challenging perceptions of peoples, places, and constructs of time and space themselves. The exhibition The Grand Tour features the work of artists Dianne Bos, Sandra Bromley, Zbigniew W. Gortel and Marc Siegner.

Out of Bounds: The Art of Lynn Malin

September 5, 2015 - November 15, 2015

Lynn Malin is primarily a landscape artist. She loves the natural world and views her work as a means to process what she sees. Not bound by any one artistic genre or mode of expression, the intrigue of discovery and experimentation is what makes art so fascinating to Malin.

“…if you’re not challenged, you’re not thinking and you’re not discovering and as an artist you have to grow or you stagnate…” — Lynn Malin

This exhibition provides a survey of the artistic career of Lynn Malin, one of Edmonton’s most exuberant artists. Through these artworks, the viewer is taken into the mind, heart and soul of a working artist, encountering the wonder that can be realized when a person takes the risk and has the courage to go “out of bounds”.

Across Borders: Naoki Ishikawa

October 22, 2015 - November 1, 2015

The Government of Alberta and the Royal Alberta Museum are committed to recognizing the 35th anniversary of formal relations between Hokkaido and Alberta. To recognize this important milestone, this contemporary photographic exhibition by Japanese photographer Naoki Ishikawa will show at the Royal Alberta Museum in Alberta and at the Historical Museum of Hokkaido in Sapporo, Japan.

Born in Tokyo in 1977, Naoki Ishikawa is interested in anthropology and ethnology in addition to exploration of the unknown. He has published works dealing with the experiences of migration and travel. For The Void (published in 2006 by Knee High Media) he won both the Sagamihara Prize for Newcomer Professionals as well as the Jun Miki Award. For New Dimension and Polar (published in 2008 by Akaakasha Art Publishing and Little More, respectively), he received the Photographic Society of Japan’s Newcomer’s Award and the Kodansha Publication Culture Award. For his work in 2009, which included Mt. Fuji and Vernacular (published by Little More and AkaAkasha Art Publishing, respectively), he received the Higashikawa Award for “Best New Photographer.” Vernacular includes photographs of the Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) in the Canadian Northwest and of the Arctic towns of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. Ishikawa also won the Domon Ken Award for Corona, a photographic portrayal of 21st-century reality across the vastly spread out islands of Polynesia.

Goodbye, Hello: A Celebration of Our Past and Future

December 4, 2015 - December 6, 2015

For everyone who has fond memories of the museum and is excited to join us at our new location, we have a special feature exhibit about the museum’s past, present, and future. Please join us and share memories, favourite museum stories, and check out this beautiful exhibit that showcases the rich history and bright future of the Royal Alberta Museum. This is the museum’s last feature exhibit until we open in our new location (downtown Edmonton) late 2017.