The Best Museums in Edmonton

Living in Edmonton definitely has its unique perks, among which are its diverse selection of museums. If you’re into learning about historical events of the past and present, Edmonton has some of the best immersive experiences found throughout the city.

Royal Alberta Museum

When you think ‘Edmonton’ and ‘museum’, many immediately think of the Royal Alberta Museum. Recently relocated to the downtown core in a spectacular new, larger building, the Royal Alberta Museum has reinvented how we look at our province’s history. Static exhibits include both the Natural History and Human History halls, showcasing flora, fauna, and minerals from the Ice Age in Alberta, as well as the stories of our transformation over time.

For the kids, fun exhibits include the Bug Gallery, educating on all things bug and conservancy related, and the Children’s Gallery where kids can experience hands-on tactile experiences. The Children’s Gallery is temporarily closed for health and safety during the pandemic.

The Royal Alberta Museum is proud to present a variety of collections, including Archaeology, Indigenous Studies, and Military and Government History among other featured collections.

Neon Sign Museum

Not really a museum at all in the typical sense of the word, the Neon Sign Museum is a unique collection of vintage neon signs, restored and installed along 104 Street at 104 Avenue. A stunning display at night time, these historic signs tell the story of Edmonton’s commercial past.

The best part about the Neon Sign Museum is that it is entirely outdoors, so there is no admission and no waiting in line! Just walk up 104 Street and admire Edmonton’s neon glory.

Fort Edmonton Park

Fort Edmonton Park recently reopened after an extensive and exciting renovation, with a focus on revamping its exhibits and activities. Set on 158 acres near Edmonton’s river valley, Fort Edmonton Park is a leader in cultural tourism, offering historical recreations and memorable experiences.

If you’re looking for Edmonton’s history, you’ll want to visit the various time-stamped streets, such as 1885 Street, 1905 Street, and 1920 Street, showcasing the trials and tribulations of Edmonton during those eras. Travel back in time on the 1919 Baldwin steam engine, and the streetcar that takes you between street exhibits. Capitol Theatre offers a vintage film experience with classic movies and red velvet seats.

From a thrilling midway in summer months to featured exhibitions, there is always something fun to do at Fort Edmonton Park.

University of Alberta Paleontology Museum

Chances are, we all know someone who is innately curious about dinosaurs and Alberta’s rich paleontological history. Located in the Earth Sciences building at the University of Alberta, this museum offers a variety of collections in geology, mineralogy, and petrology, as well as a Geoscience Garden.

Learn how life has changed over the past 3.5 billion years, view over 12,000 specimens in mineralogy and petrology, and learn more about 13 geological resources found right here in Alberta.

Currently, the museum remains closed to the public but they do have virtual tours and digital exhibits you can view online.

Alberta Railway Museum

If you or someone you know is into trains, you’ll want to check out the Alberta Railway Museum (open during spring and summer months). Showcased are over 75 locomotives and cars from Canadian National Railways, Northern Alberta Railways, and industrial and short line railways.

Step into Alberta’s railway past with rides on vintage trains, learn about railway and locomotive maintenance, view archives on railway history, and experience a variety of historical buildings related to railway operations.

Edmonton is rich in cultural facilities, including its collection of museums. Whatever you fancy, whether it’s anthropology, paleontology, modern history, art, cultural studies, or planes, trains, and automobiles, Edmonton has a museum that’s just for you. Some are closed during the winter months, but no matter what time of year you may wish to visit, there is a museum with something exciting going on.

Click to download Symphony Tower: Your Amenity Guide now!

Photo credit:
Back to Blog

Related Articles

Your Guide to Some of the Best Restaurants in Downtown Edmonton

Living in Symphony Tower, you’ll be surrounded by some of downtown Edmonton’s most enticing...

Downtown Edmonton’s Best Cultural Attractions

One of the greatest benefits of living in Edmonton's downtown core is the inspiring variety of...

A Guide to Downtown Edmonton's Best Bars, Pubs & Lounges

Part of the appeal of living in the downtown core is the proximity to some of Edmonton’s most...