About the Museum
One mammoth year downtown.
175,008 noseprints cleaned off diorama glass, 25,104 sloth selfies, 101,229 make-believe rodeos, and countless connections across generations!
Thank you Alberta!
You've helped make the first year in our new home a success. More than 400,000 of you experienced RAM since we since we opened on October 3, 2018.
Show us your mammoth year!
Opening day? Vikings? Your first RAM Café donut? What was your favourite moment at RAM in our first year downtown? Tag your photos with #RAMiversary to join the celebration, and be featured on our social feeds (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).
Join us for another year!
Get your Mammoth Pass today and enjoy unlimited admission for a full year.
It's been a year since we opened our new downtown home, and what a mammoth year it's been! Here are some highlights from opening on October 3, 2018 to present:
- More than 400,000 visitors and 26,000 Mammoth Pass holders joined us.
- 300 visitors with sensory processing differences experienced the museum with adjusted gallery settings through our Sensory Sundays program. We also piloted a Sensory Room, a calm space for individuals looking for a place to recharge or reflect.
- We presented three new exhibits in our changing galleries on topics of local relevance: Edmonton's own Great Western Garment company (GWG), memory and the First World War, and stories from early black settlers in Alberta.
- Vikings: Beyond the Legend, the largest touring exhibition of Viking artifacts in the world, raided RAM with more than 650 objects and the 1,000-year-old planks of the longest Viking warship ever discovered.
- 14 community members contributed 5,700 hours greeting RAM visitors through our partnership with the Mustard Seed's Seedworks program. This program provides meaningful work to those who face barriers to employment with meaningful work.
- We hosted 125 events, including The Bank of Canada's launch of the new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond, and a dance challenge for contestants in CTV's Amazing Race Canada.
We were honoured with numerous recognitions, including mentions in top Canadian travel destination lists and museum openings to watch for, to and accolades for its design and architecture. Here are a couple:
- WHERE Magazine - Best New Attraction 2019
- Conde Nast - 7 Biggest Museum Openings this Fall
- Architectural Digest - RAM as one of most noteworthy museum openings in 2018
- Travel + Leisure - Best Places to Travel to in 2018; The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2019
- Globe and Mail - Six projects that are reshaping downtown Edmonton; The best new things to see and do in Canada 2019
- National Geographic - Upgrade your summer with these 15 epic trips; Royal Alberta Museum feature (06/01/2019)
Thanks for helping us make it a fantastic first year downtown. We hope you'll join us for another year! Feed your curiosity.
Sharing Alberta's remarkable stories
The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) is the largest museum in western Canada and one of the top museums in Canada. Located in the Arts District in downtown Edmonton, we collect, preserve, research, interpret, and exhibit objects and specimens related to the heritage of Alberta's people and natural environment. The museum's expansive permanent galleries feature engaging exhibits complemented by internationally touring features.
Over 2.5 Million stories to be told
Our wide ranging collecting and research activities support exhibitions, outreach and learning programs. Currently, we have 13 curatorial programs: western Canadian history, indigenous studies, cultural communities, military and political history, archaeology, ornithology, mammalogy, ichthyology, invertebrate zoology, botany, geology, Quaternary palaeontology, and Quaternary environments. These are supported by conservation and collections management programs. We are also home to the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute's processing centre.
We're making and remaking history of our own
We first opened to the public on December 7, 1967, and soon became an important destination for Albertans. In 2005, we were renamed the Royal Alberta Museum in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, who visited Alberta that spring. In 2018, we moved into our new 419,000 square foot facility in downtown Edmonton.
To foster wonder, inquiry and new understandings about Alberta and its place in the world.
To share Alberta's remarkable stories in meaningful ways.