Royal Alberta Museum’s first year in new Edmonton location sets record for attendance

EDMONTON – More than 400,000 visitors have taken in millions of years of Alberta’s natural and cultural history since the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) opened its doors on Oct. 3, 2018.

Museum-goers were treated to bronze mammoth unveilings and exhibits that included the Canadian premiere of Vikings: Beyond the Legend. The RAM was also a stop for participants in The Amazing Race Canada.

“The new Royal Alberta Museum was years in the making,” said Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women.

“The museum is a dynamic space where Alberta’s diverse and fascinating stories are shared. Our province’s history is constantly evolving and so is this wonderful space.”

Chris Robinson, executive director, Royal Alberta Museum said the response has exceeded their expectations.

Minister Leela Sharon Aheer and executive director Chris Robinson celebrate the Royal Alberta Museum’s one year anniversary in its new downtown location. |

“And we aren’t standing still – we are continuing to learn about our visitors’ wants and needs, and adapting to provide the best experience possible.”

RAM’s partnership with the Mustard Seed’s Seedworks program provided work for 14 community members who otherwise faced barriers to employment.

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In addition to its main permanent history halls, RAM presented three exhibits in changing galleries. The galleries shared the histories of Edmonton’s own Great Western Garment (GWG) company, an ode to the objects that preserve memories of the First World War, and a look at the lives of early black settlers in Alberta. In the next year, RAM will open two additional rotating galleries.

Vikings: Beyond the Legend landed in Edmonton – the only Canadian stop for this travelling exhibition from the National Museum of Denmark. With more than 650 objects and the 1,000-year-old planks of the longest Viking warship ever discovered, this is the largest touring exhibition of Viking artifacts in the world. The Vikings are leaving Oct. 20, 2019.

The museum also offers a 250-seat theatre, conference rooms and lobby spaces for a variety of event rentals.

RAM received mentions in top Canadian travel destination lists and museum openings to watch for, as well as accolades for its design and architecture.

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