Hands-On Learning to Engage and Inspire
At Glenbow we are very proud of our role as a key learning institution in Calgary. For 50 years, the museum has provided powerful education programs to Calgarians - programs that encourage creativity, critical thinking and social engagement. Today, Glenbow's school programs are designed to connect the Alberta curriculum to hands-on experiences that make art, history and culture more accessible and meaningful for students and teachers. During the school year, about 1,000 students walk through our doors every week. Together, Glenbow's School Programs, outreach workshops, Museum School and Museokits reach over 50,000 students in the Calgary region every year.
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- All programs are half-day timeslots
- Book two programs to create a full day experience
- Maximum 35 students per program
- Programs must be booked at least two weeks in advance
$175 per class
1 hour 30 minutes - 1 hour 45 minutes
Immerse your class in an enriching learning experience - programs are available for grades K-12.
School Program + Studio Component
$200 per class (Price includes all supplies)
1 hour 45 minutes
Studio time in the Discovery Room is integrated into several of our art focused programs. All supplies are included to allow students to create original work based on their school program experience.
$175 per class*
1 hour 30 minutes
Looking for a more flexible experience? Glenbow's Discovery Adventure is a general tour of the museum. A trained educator will lead your class through the Glenbow, discuss various galleries and allow your students time to encounter several of the exhibitions.
At School Program
$250 per class (Additional travel costs may apply to school outreach programs held outside Calgary city limits.)
1 hour 30 minutes
Some of our school programs can be adapted to have a Glenbow educator come to your classroom.
Educational Guides - Pre and Post Visit Activities
Need some pre-visit inspiration or activities to keep the learning going following your trip to Glenbow? Visit Pre and Post Visit Activities for our permanent programs are created with teachers in mind; these activities are designed to enhance your Glenbow visit in an accessible and interactive way.
The Bookings Office will start taking bookings for the 2016-2017 school year on August 31, 2016. Our new online booking request form allows you to select your programs and submit your request for preferred dates and times. Glenbow Bookings staff will then contact you to finalize your reservation.
Booking School Programs FAQs
What do I need to book a school program?
Please have the following information ready when you are confirming your booking with our bookings staff:
- Credit card number and expiry date - The credit card will only be charged if an alternative payment is not provided upon arrival or if less than two weeks' notice is given to cancel or reschedule a program or visit.
- Title of program
- Preferred date(s) and time(s) - when planning the time required for a school program, add at least fifteen minutes for arrival and fifteen minutes for departure
- Grade, number of students, number of special needs students, number of adult supervisors, and any special requests
A confirmation letter and bookings agreement form will be faxed to the school. Please review your booking and fax the signed bookings agreement form to 403-262-4045. Your booking will not be confirmed until we have received the signed bookings agreement form.
Please download the Educator Welcome Package for information on how to prepare for your visit.
How do we pay?
Full payment is due upon arrival. The credit card used at the time of the booking will be charged if an alternate method of payment is not received on or before the day of your visit. We accept cash, cheque, debit, American Express, MasterCard and Visa.
How do I cancel or reschedule a program?
Any cancellations or changes to your booking(s) must be made through the Glenbow Museum Bookings Office at 403-268-4110 - and confirmed in writing by Glenbow Museum bookings staff at least 3 weeks prior to your arrival date. Failure to provide 3 weeks' notice will result in an $80 cancellation fee per guided program or guided visit per class. This fee will be charged to the credit card provided at the time of booking.
Please limit changes to your itinerary. More than one change will result in a $25 administration fee per change.
How many students can participate in a program?
In order to ensure program quality, a maximum of 35 students per program is allowed. The credit card used at the time of booking may be charged for an additional program if the numbers exceed 35 students per program. Please do not combine classes as it compromises the program quality.
How many adult supervisors do we need?
We strongly request a ratio of one supervising adult to every five students. Participating teachers and adult supervisors are required to remain with their groups at all times. Additional adults accompanying the group are required to pay the adult group admission fee, except when required for special needs students.
What do I need to prepare before our visit?
Please discuss museum rules with your students and provide them with name tags. Museum Educators like to refer to students by their names! An Educator Welcome Package detailing these rules and a name tag template is available. Please inform your adult supervisors of the museum rules before you arrive.
When should we arrive for our program?
Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled program. If delayed, contact the bookings office at 403-268-4110 as soon as possible. If you arrive more than 30 minutes late, your program(s) will be cancelled and you will be charged $80 cancellation fee per program, unless we are notified in advanced.
What should we bring to the museum?
Please bring lunch bags and necessary supplies only. If sketching or writing, please provide students with a hard surface to write on (journals, notebooks, pencils, etc). Clipboards and pens are not allowed in the galleries. Please leave your backpacks at school. Our coat room has limited space and backpacks are not allowed on exhibit floors.
Where can we eat lunch?
Limited lunchroom accommodations are available at Glenbow Museum and must be booked in advance. Groups may also eat lunch outdoors at Olympic Plaza or indoors at the City Hall Atrium. Hallways outside Glenbow Museum (Telus Convention Centre concourse and +15) cannot be used for eating lunches.
How do we get to the Glenbow Museum?
Glenbow Museum is located at 130 - 9th Avenue SE. There is a vehicle drop off/pick up lane on 9th Avenue between Centre Street and 1st Street SE.