By: Kathrine McGregor

The Royal Alberta Museum is committed to celebrating Alberta–and with an extraordinary new building and location comes a fresh, new museum shop that we hope will do just that. Our downtown location will showcase not only Alberta’s history, but Alberta talent, too. The new museum shop will feature handmade products by Alberta-based artisans and designers

Hundreds of submissions have poured in since we made our online call for Alberta-made products to sell in our shop. What are the key ingredients we’re looking for? Unique, environmentally responsible products made by Alberta designers and artisans.  

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Artist rendering of RAM’s new museum shop

Kim Gray, RAM’s head of retail services, wants the new museum shop to be a one-stop-shop for unique Alberta-made products that appeal to visitors and the downtown community alike. These items will complement the shop’s products inspired by the collections, which are keepsakes reflecting Alberta’s history.  We hope that by providing a space for local artisans to display and sell their work, visitors from around the world will be able to bring a special piece of Alberta home with them.

Some of the products that have already caught our eye include: recycled Canadian wool clothing, all-natural bath and body products, Indigenous crafts and designs, handmade jewellery, books by local authors, and handcrafted children’s toys.

Though inspiration for this opportunity came from many places, we have kept a close eye on the ever-growing art community and are eager to help showcase this talent. Just as the galleries are designed to take you on a journey from the moment you step through the museum’s doors, so each item for sale will have a different story that you can carry with you. The museum shop’s call to artisans is a continuation of our commitment to Albertans.

We’re thrilled with the response to our call and hope to showcase the work of as many Alberta artisans as possible; in some cases, this will be done by setting a rotating schedule of products to be featured. Proceeds from all purchases support the maintenance and development of our museum exhibits. We look forward to keeping you updated on the museum shop development as we make our way downtown to our new home!