Royal Alberta Museum which harboured the most precious treasures of the province and the world has completed its construction after more than 900 days since its construction began.
The building of high ceilings, stone walls, granite floors and galleries controlled air conditioning, is definitely in its final stage.
From the outside you can see a large mosaic panel from the artist Ernestine Tahedl precisely located next to the pedestrian boulevard between 103rd Avenue intersection with 99th Street.
The building is two times larger than its previous location of "Glenora" and also found on the side of the river Saskatchewan, near the Gallery of Art in Alberta, the Citadel Theatre Center District And Cultural Center - Conference Room Shaw, so these properties are expected to be transformed into a major tourist attraction and the main "Anchor Cultural City".
Work began in 2013 with a property assessed at $ 375.5 million investment consists of $ 253 million provided by the province and 122.5 million from federal funds.
While construction is complete, the issue of transfer the collections so it is estimated that the building will open its doors to the general public during the year 2017. And that this project will create about 4,000 new jobs is still pending.
Note that the Royal Alberta Museum was formally known as the Provincial Museum of Alberta, this being a Museum of Natural History and Anthropology.
The famous original museum building was located in the residential area of Glenora and these facilities were closed last day December 7, 2015.
The old building of Glenora has an exhibition of natural history, wildlife Alberta, an exhibition of entomology, and a gallery of aboriginal- native culture, just as several other smaller exhibitions. Furthermore, this property also features open its doors to temporary and rotating exhibits.
After such an important project as the recently mentioned, and after the great investment that has decided to do about it is vital to mention a little of the history of that place and that is why we invite you to meet some of this in the following lines .
The origins of the Museum date back to 1950 when the Canadian Federal Government, in its program: "Centennial Memories" in conjunction with the Government of Alberta, began planning the construction of such a facility.
After a few years, specifically in 1962 hired an Australian architect Raymond O'Harrison who had participated in the design of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, this is a home or property grant of 5 million, with a group of workers goal of realizing the project.
Following the successful implementation of the project, this could open its doors to the public on December 6, 1967 under the name Provincial Museum of Alberta.
During the opening day, on the first floor an exhibition of fur trade of the native peoples of Alberta with a famous collection of photographs taken by Ernest Aboriginal peoples Brown and Harry Pollard was presented.
Similarly on the second floor, but the galleries were still incomplete, presented exhibitions of agriculture, the lives of the early pioneers or inhabitants of the province, his life, industry and trade.
The great expansion of the Museum happened during the 1960s and 1970s, with an explosive increase in staff and exhibits.
Some of the new and most important exhibitions were incorporated in 1968. Galleries such as dinosaur exhibit, adaptation and survival of the species were attached to the area of natural history, just as a section of old vehicles of Alberta was incorporated, uniforms RCMP, and displays of volcanoes.
Now the concept of paid admission was first implemented in 1990, but in order to increase the audience section of the native gallery was removed and replaced by a fantastic and innovative collection of space items.
Consistent over the years, the galleries continued to expand to sections such as: or survival and / or reproduction, beauty and science of birds, insects room, gallery planet earth science, among others.
Between 1989 and 2001, 175 travelling exhibitions presented at the Museum.
Among the highlights we can mention: Dinosaurs giant prehistoric dinosaurs bigger than whales, sharks and fantasy made real, Syria land of Civilizations, and the beautiful and impressive annual presentations of the best photographers of the year.
An important milestone occurred in 2005 during the centennial year of Alberta, when Queen Elizabeth II visited and toured the galleries of the Museum.
As you can see then, the museum is much more than a collection of antique items for the province, but rather this has precedents and is part of its history.
The Museum definetly intents honoring education and culture, preserving the history of the province, as he inspires people of any age group to explore and understand the world around them.