We appreciate the tremendous interest Albertans have in the future of the Glenora site. Albertans submitted over 500 comments through the online opportunity which was open from December 2017 to July 2019.

 

exterior of glenora site in winter

What's happening now

We are analyzing all of the comments received and will use this information to help inform the decision regarding the future of the Glenora site.

We look forward to reviewing the feedback, and will be particularly interested in opportunities for partnership, innovative projects, and potential alternative financing such as public-private partnerships.

We know that Albertans are interested in the information collected through the on-line opportunity, so we will post a “what we heard” summary on this page in the future.

Today the Glenora building may look quiet outside, but inside staff are busy cataloguing and moving tens of thousands of artifacts. This work is expected to be complete in 2020.

The Glenora building will continue to be maintained while still in use.

History of the building

The Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta was built in 1965 in Edmonton’s Glenora neighbourhood. It opened to the public in 1967 as Alberta celebrated Canada’s Centennial of Confederation. The museum and archives were separated in 2003 when the Provincial Archives of Alberta moved to its own building.

The museum added the word “royal” to its name in 2005 when Queen Elizabeth II visited Alberta to mark the province's 100th anniversary of entry into Confederation. During her visit, the Queen re-designated the Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta as the Royal Alberta Museum.

The Glenora site museum closed its doors to the public in December 2015. On October 3, 2018, the new world-class $375.5 million Royal Alberta Museum in downtown Edmonton opened its doors, welcoming more than 41,000 visitors during the first six days featuring free admission.