Arts and Culture is a large part of the Calgary experience, and because there is so much to explore, we’ve narrowed down a list for you based on proximity to the summit! Here is a list of the top 5 Arts and Culture spots you need to visit during the Ignite Summit!
- The Glenbow Museum
The Glenbow Museum is an art and history museum located in downtown and was formed in 1966 when Eric Harvie donated his large historical collection to the people of Alberta. The museum is located across from the Calgary Tower and boasts and extensive collection of art, a library and archives. There are many permanent and seasonal exhibits to explore on a day off with friends or family. The museum has over one million artifacts and over 28,000 works of art, making it one of the largest museums in Western Canada.
Location: 130 9 Ave SE
Admission: $18 (adult)
- Calgary New Central Library
The new library should be at the top of your list during your visit to Calgary. The architectural design is spectacular and will surely be one of the highlights of your trip here. The new library includes art from six different Indigenous artists, a skylight for you to take in the summer sun, and the Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, perfect for private meetings. The fourth level has a digital story kiosk, a tipi, and an extensive local history section. You can grab a coffee at LUKES café and relax, or and use one of the library’s 30 free bookable meeting spaces if you chose to have a business meeting.
Location: 803 3 St SE
- Studio Bell – The National Music Centre
The National Music Centre is a non-profit museum located in downtown Calgary and is a multi-purpose monument to Canadian music. It’s part museum, part education centre and part concert venue. This is a great place to visit if you are a music lover, or even a lover of architecture that included five stories of exhibition space including interactive displays, recording studios broadcast facilities and a concert venue. The space is home to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and hosts music artifacts including the piano on which Elton John wrote Tiny Dancer, and even Alanis Morisette’s harmonica.
Location: 850 4 St SE
- TELUS Spark
If you’re into science, TELUS Spark is the place to be! This interactive science museum is filled with exhibits, multimedia presentations, and educational demonstrations. The Digital Dome Theater also shoes films or live planetarium shows with a 19,000 watt sound system. There is also a digital space where visitors can learn computer graphic techniques including coding and also take part in animation workshops. Gather a group from the summit or your friends and take a trip to TELUS Spark !
Location: 220 St Georges Dr NE
- Contemporary Calgary
Contemporary Calgary is a small modern art gallery with four floors of temporary exhibits that change every fourth month. There are many exhibitions, speakers’ series, outreach and education programs for you to enjoy. Grab some art-loving friends (old and new) and enjoy a unique experience during the summit.
Location: 105 12 Ave SE suite 900