About the Royal Alberta Museum
The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) is one of Canada's leading museums of human and natural history. Located in Edmonton, the museum collects, preserves, researches, interprets, and exhibits specimens and objects related to the heritage of Alberta's people and natural environment. The museum's expansive permanent galleries feature engaging exhibits complemented by internationally touring features.
RAM has wide ranging collecting and research activities, which support exhibitions, outreach and learning programs. Currently, the museum has 13 curatorial programs: western Canadian history, ethnology, cultural communities, military and political history, archaeology, ornithology, mammalogy, ichthyology, invertebrate zoology, botany, geology, Quaternary palaeontology, and Quaternary environments. These are supported by conservation and collections management programs. The museum is also home to the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute's processing centre.
Opening to the public on December 7, 1967, the museum rapidly became an important destination in Alberta's cultural landscape. In 2005, the museum was renamed the Royal Alberta Museum in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, who visited Alberta that spring. The institution is currently in the process of moving to a brand-new building in downtown Edmonton. The original Glenora site is closed to the public during this transition. The new museum will open in 2018.
As a landmark cultural institution, the new RAM will be the largest museum in western Canada with more than 82,000 square feet of exhibition space.