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Best History Museums in Calgary

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Chinese Artifacts Museum

The Chinese Artifacts Museum is located within the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, an entity aimed at celebrating and promoting Chinese culture in Calgary. The museum houses recreations of the various kinds of antiques. Visitors can marvel at the various life size exhibits like a majestic chariot connected to horses along with soldiers made of terra-cota. Immerse yourself in the handicraft items on display like the beautiful wooden objects, the porcelain and ceramic items and the texture and design of the elegant royal robes. This museum will leave you awestruck with the rich history that the Chinese locals in Calgary have on offer.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Glenbow Museum

One of Canada's great museums and Western Canada's largest, this treasure trove houses artifacts of the west, dating back to the first white settlers of the 1800s and the history of the area's First Nations. Visitors can take delight in exhibits that delve into the history of the region and its people, celebrating their lifestyles and art, and also that record contemporary life in western Canada. Along with permanent displays, the Glenbow Museum presents a variety of temporary exhibitions. Visitors also explore an art gallery and archives on site.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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National Music Centre

National Music Centre, formerly known as Cantos Music Foundation, is a famous hang out for music lovers of the city. Located near the city center, this is a space for live musicals, performances, concerts and other entertaining events. Equipped with state of the art technology and perfect acoustics throughout the rooms, this event space is the perfect launch pad for every artist. Visitors can participate in various jam sessions irrespective of their caliber. The museum houses a vast collection of more than 2,00 objects all related to music, right from a magnificent grand piano to popular musicians outfits like Ray Saint Germain's suit and Lucille Starr's dress. Visitors can participate in enlightening tours about the world of music and peruse the antique, one of a kind collection that this center houses.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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The Military Museums

For those interested in war trivia and collectibles, visit this museum, one of the largest military museum in Western Canada. Stocked with artillery, planes and fine examples of the Canadian war effort, it includes many interesting rarities and artifacts. Stop by the gift shop and purchase a memento after a tour through the comfortable and well-appointed rooms. In 2007, new construction added a range of attractions, such as the relocated Naval Museum of Alberta, Air Force Museum, expanded archives, an art gallery, and Military History and Strategic Studies Center of Excellence. The museum also offers research facilities in cooperation with the University of Calgary as well as a range of lectures and educational programs. The museum relies heavily on community support to keep in operation, so cash donations can be placed in the drum located at the front entrance.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Naval Museum of Alberta

The Naval Museum of Alberta exists to "perpetuate the memory of men and women who have served in the Royal Canadian Navy" since its inception in 1910. The facility is Canada's largest naval museum and has been operating in Calgary since 1988. A number of interesting and exciting artifacts are on exhibition, including three beautifully restored 'Second World War wheelhouse', intricate ship models, several gun mountings and a periscope, which is always popular with the kids. Unique gifts are available in the gift shop; books, pins, badges and clothing. The museum offers special tours for schools, groups or individuals at exceptional rates.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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