Glenbow's Renovation Plan

Transforming our building from the inside out

Glenbow Renovation

Join us for our Glenbow Reimagined Virtual Open House Events on July 21 & 22

This is your chance to learn more about Glenbow’s renovation and revitalization plan and share your perspective with the project team.

These casual, drop-in style virtual open house events will provide information about the building renovation plan and our goals for the future of Glenbow. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

Glenbow Reimagined Virtual Open House #1 – July 21, 11am-1pm
Glenbow Reimagined Virtual Open House #2 – July 22, 5-7pm

You can visit all three breakout rooms or focus on the one that interests you the most:

  1. Sustainability: Project experts will provide information about the unique approach to completing Glenbow’s building renovation project, some environmental features and financial impacts.
  2. Community Interface: This discussion room will show how the building design incorporates light and opens up the museum to the city, in order to deliver remarkable experiences. This includes what the building will look like, how it will function and how we’re focusing on accessibility for ALL Calgarians.
  3. Innovation: This discussion room will cover how the new building will create an enhanced public experience at Glenbow, with a restaurant, theatre, event space, and education spaces. It will also touch on future programming opportunities to connect with Calgarians and their guests.

Designing a building that increases accessibility and engagement with our community

Glenbow is a museum that believes art is for everyone. Renovating our building will eliminate barriers to accessibility that weren’t considered when our current building was designed in the 1970s. We’re not just thinking about what the building will look like or how the physical spaces will work, we’re reimagining museum hours, admission costs, technology opportunities, and more – to ensure that the Glenbow experience is accessible to and welcoming for people of all abilities, ages, backgrounds and life experiences.


Phase One: November 2020 – September 2021

  • November 2020: Glenbow’s third and fourth floor exhibition galleries close to the public
  • Glenbow’s shop closes to the public
  • Work begins on consolidating and securing the museum collection so it will be safe and accessible during renovations (collections storage was formerly spread over several of the upper floors of the building)
  • December 2020: Glenbow closes temporarily in compliance with Alberta’s COVID-19 health restrictions
  • February 2021: Start of community outreach and stakeholder discussions to inform building facilities and future programming
  • May 2021: Interior renovations (including abatement of hazardous materials) begin on the top three floors (6 through 8) of the building
  • June 2021: Glenbow is open again with new art exhibitions in the second floor galleries, on view until August 29, 2021
  • July 2021: Public Open House sessions held to collect community feedback on the building concept design and future programming opportunities

Phase Two: 2021 – 2023

  • September 2021: Glenbow building closes to the public
  • Continuing community outreach and discussions to inform building facilities and future programming
  • High density storage upgrades will be installed to house the collection
  • Interior renovations continue
  • Mechanical and electrical systems are decommissioned
  • February 2022: Glenbow opens a temporary “pop-up” exhibition space in downtown Calgary, to provide programs and digital outreach throughout the renovation process
  • 2022: The original concrete exterior building envelope is removed from Glenbow’s building

Phase Three: 2023 – 2024

  • Complete building revitalization
  • Mechanical and electrical systems are upgraded
  • Public realm and exterior improvements
  • Mid-2024: Project Complete: Glenbow reopens our revitalized building


Calgary is ready for an art museum that draws the richest examples of human creativity to our community, while presenting the best of our city to the world. Together, we can build one of the most progressive and impactful civic spaces in North America, linking Albertan communities to the arts for generations to come.

Nicholas R. Bell, Glenbow President & CEO
Architectural concept: exterior view of Glenbow's Theatre, 9th Avenue SE

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