Glenbow Museum Analysis

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Visiting a museum has always been a top priority, since it not only house the ancient cultural history but also communicates in a symbolic manner to all age groups. Today the very concept of the museum has undergone a drastic transformation. Museums in contemporary times are not restricted to ancient people and history, but museum today comprise histories and impart stories of human beings. As a result there are different types of museums focusing on diverse issues such as eco-museums focus on the environment and its adaptability, war and memorial museums reflecting stories and impact of war on societies, people and transformed the socio-political scenario in global context, anthropological museums dedicated towards preservation of endangered …show more content…
The museum holds both permanent and temporary exhibitions, located the heart of Calgary’s downtown area. The museum is easily accessible and can be located amongst the other skyscrapers. It is built from the help and support of the non-profit organisation and its members. The museum showcases the history of the Alberta both pre and post-oil industry development.
The museum was built by the visionary petroleum entrepreneur and lawyer Eric Lafferty Harvie in 1954. He was fond of collecting various historic and art objects with regards to the history of Western Canada and world cultures respectively. Thus, the museum collection symbolises a collection of one man’s passion and love towards the aboriginal culture and the world cultures. His prime interest was to combine western Canadian cultural objects as well as of foreign cultures. It was by 1961 the Harvie family donated its large personal collection of art, crafts and documents of the Canadian history to the Glenbow museum’s collections forming its public
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The basic plan of the museum is simple and divided into three floors dedicated to different themes. In short, the first floor is dedicated to the temporary exhibition as well as exhibits from the art of Asia, feature exhibitions, picturing the northwest and arc discovery room. And the third floor consists of the sections dedicated to West Africa, mineralogy and feature exhibitions, warriors and museum school. For the present ethnographic field work, the focus was the third floor which is dedicated to the aboriginal people of Canada and the colonial history of Alberta shaped by the persistent characters called

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