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 Children’s 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.