concept renderings of the new building

About the Museum

History of the New Museum Project


April 7, 2011 — New Museum Announcement

Former Premier Ed Stelmach announced that a new Royal Alberta Museum would be built in downtown Edmonton. An international design-build competition was launched, which attracted international interest, including submissions from two Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architects.

September 14, 2011 — Design-build Competition Winner Announcement

The new Royal Alberta Museum project was awarded to a local team, Ledcor Design Build (Alberta), which comprises the builder, Ledcor, and the architectural firm, DIALOG (Alberta). An expert review panel, which included architectural and museum industry professionals, evaluated the proposals based on design, ability to deliver the project, and the best value for the budget.

February 7, 2014 — Construction Begins

Construction begins on the new Royal Alberta Museum building. An Indigenous blessing took place prior to the start of construction of the new Royal Alberta Museum.

As the new RAM site is within the territory of Treaty 6 and the museum is home to extensive Indigenous collections, an Indigenous blessing was an appropriate component. Indigenous Elder Francis Alexis, a Historian with the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation and a highly respected ceremonialist, offered the blessing.

December 7, 2015 — RAM Glenora Galleries Close

After 48 years in Glenora, the Royal Alberta Museum officially closes its doors in preparation for its mammoth-sized move to downtown Edmonton.

Nearly 36,000 people came out to visit our Glenora galleries one last time and take part in our 48-hour closing party on December 4-6. The weekend-long celebration invited all Albertans to say goodbye and share their museum memories in order to send off the building that has encapsulated Alberta's history for nearly five decades.

August 2016 — Building Construction Complete

Construction of the new museum reaches completion. We celebrated this major milestone on August 16, 2016 with a ceremonial oak tree planting at the downtown building.

Museum staff begin the massive job of moving the more than five million objects in our collection to downtown and preparing the exhibitions in the new building.

September 12, 2018

We announced the new museum will open to the public for the first time on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018! We also revealed a new website and logo to the world.

October 3, 2018

We opened the doors to the brand-new Royal Alberta Museum in downtown Edmonton with six days of free admission attended by more than 41,000 visitors.