Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre
2120 16 Ave NE
Calgary, AB T2E 1L4
Phone: (403) 291-4666
Fax: (403) 291-6498
Arts & Museums
Built with a lot of thought and a significant amount of resources and time, TELUS Spark is a purpose-built facility designed to elicit curiosity and facilitate innovation in children and adults alike. The sprawling facility is into various sections and features tons of interactive exhibits, presentations as well as activities aimed at making science, as interesting as possible. From the Prototype Lab, where new ideas are tested with inputs from visitors to the 'Being Human' section where visitors can truly understand what it means to be human, there's a distinct freshness to this center which differentiates it from other such facilities. The 'Digital Dome Theatre' renders a rich audio-visual experience, and the various shows should not be missed here. The exhibits span all age groups, so there's something for everyone. Check website for more details.
Creative Kids Museum as the name alludes, is a space where children are given the freedom to learn through their own experiences. This museum houses various exhibits in which children can get involved and explore and learn. Water-babies will love the 'Water Play Area' where they can recreate a waterfall. The adventurous kids will love crawling through the 'Climbing Structure', as they find their way out. Those with a scientific sense can immerse themselves in innovating and creating their own machines. Those with a flair for theatrics can work with their own production. Children who love some quiet time can relax with their favorite book at the 'Reading Nook'. This is one museum a child will never want to leave.
Get a glimpse of what the Western part of Canada must have looked like, when dinosaurs were the kings of this planet million years ago. While enjoying live animals within the Calgary Zoo, this attraction offers a refreshing experience by giving visitors a dose of history. A beloved of adults and children, this attraction goes into details recreating the past, including the flora and fauna of the time. Enjoy an educational fun time at the Prehistoric Park.
The Aero Space Museum offers an up-close look at Calgary's place in aviation history through aviation memorabilia and military aircraft displays, including a Lancaster, a Sopwith Tri-Plane and a Harvard Mark. Visitors can participate in interesting quizzes which challenge their knowledge about the museum. Children can participate in these or engage themselves in materials that can e enlightening. On Thursdays, this museum sees an influx of guests for their 'ASMAC Movie Night' where they broadcast documentaries like 'Real Stuff', 'Snowbirds 25th Anniversary' and 'The Dam Busters (1954)'.
This art and design lab showcases the creative works-in-progress of three different artists, each of whom are involved in different media where the concept of art and design are utilized. The design lab is a culmination of years of experimentation on the part of each artist, ranging from abstract art, home and interior design, progressing into offerings of interior design pieces that are environmentally sound recycled products. The painter in the group uses fishing wire, plaster and shredded paper as a statement in environmental activism. The use of clinical white allows for the artwork to stand out in this gallery.
A brainchild of art enthusiasts, Jim Hill and his wife, Susan, Esker Foundation opened its doors in 2012, giving impetus to the development of contemporary art in the country. Art works that go beyond the ordinary and break the regular patterns, are highly promoted here. The main gallery at Eskar hosts around four exhibitions annually. The Project Space is located on the ground floor and can be easily accessed by the street. This space is used exclusively to exhibit two and three dimensional work. Esker Foundation offers a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their creativity.
This center gives visitors a hands-on look at early Calgary life. Fort Calgary lies on 16 hectares (40 acres) of riverside park. The interpretive center reconstructs the original 1875 fort, a facility North-West Mounted Police built after being dispatched from the settled east to establish law and order among pioneers, and to stop the culturally devastating whiskey trade. Children will love trying on the officers uniforms laid out, or exploring the interiors of the old prison. Visitors can grab a bite, or indeed a shot of whiskey at The Deane House, the on-site restaurant.
Located in ARTPOINT, this working studio/art gallery offers art classes for the creatively-challenged. The artist/proprietor in residence also holds team building workshops for those in the corporate world so they get the chance to shake hands with artists from different art genres. New art is presented on the gallery wall each month so there is never a dull moment at Burst and Bloom. Onlookers can also watch the artist interpret her art on canvas. Color infuses this gallery and there are some very fine Calgary prints and organic paper goods that are a hit with out-of-towners.
Museum of Contemporary Art in Calgary aims at promoting contemporary art, craft, design and architecture. The museum's decor is kept simple, thus focusing mainly on the showcased art. Visitors can enjoy unique exhibits like Oscar Cohen's 'Illusrtative Work' and Marcel Van Eden's 'The Lone Lake Murders'. Art enthusiasts also get an opportunity to participate in the lectures and discussions held by prominent personalities. Besides the art shows, guests are entertained by musical performances and other . To sum it up, the gallery ensures a thorough visual treat!
Chinese Artifacts Museum is located within the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, an entity aimed at celebrating and promoting Chinese culture in Calgary. The museum houses recreations of the various kinds of antiques. Visitors can marvel at the various life size exhibits like a majestic chariot connected to horses along with soldiers made of terra-cota. Immerse yourself in the handicraft items on display like the beautiful wooden objects, the porcelain and ceramic items and the texture and design of the elegant royal robes. This museum will leave you awestruck with the rich history that the Chinese locals in Calgary have on offer.
Art Central is a mecca of visual art and culture. Besides being a place where people exchange creative ideas and concepts, this place is also a hub of studios, restaurants and art galleries. It hosts various art exhibitions, art classes, book launches and corporate painting workshops for those who like to explore their artistic side. The three bright open floors and open atrium illuminated with a skylight provide the exact mood for any event.
FourbyFive is the only one of its kind in Calgary, with the vision of photography as fine art in itself. The Gallery of Photography Canada showcases photography in different forms, films, digitally captured images, and other image-based photography. This gallery carries the works of well respected Canadian photographers that are then made available to the public as collectibles both for individual collectors or corporations. Soothing ambient music streams softly at all times, allowing for a relaxed vibe to accompany the well-lit exhibition.