The Children’s Gallery at the new Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) in downtown Edmonton is designed as a journey through this western Canadian province for children ages birth-six. Abstracted natural landscapes and interactive exhibits in the gallery allude to the natural and human history of Alberta. Exhibit environments echo the varied regions of the province: the Rocky Mountains, the Foothills, the Boreal Forest, the Canadian Shield, and prairie regions. Interactive exhibits are based around familiar elements of the Alberta landscape and include a 25′ tall grain elevator incorporating a ball machine, a paleontological dig site, and weather wall that can be controlled by kids. Extensive use of RAM collections objects provides content throughout the gallery.
The main exhibition space is complemented by a separate Early Childhood area for toddlers, the “Museums 101” space that serves as a changing community gallery, a “Chautauqua” performance/demonstration space (the Chautauqua was a popular itinerant tent show offering educational and entertainment programs in rural Alberta during the late 19th and early 20th centuries), and “Alberta’s Makers”, a maker space and collections area where children can participate in hands-on art and science activities.
Fabrication design by kubik.
Main photo by Christophe Benard Photograpy.