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Alberta Unbound

Royal Alberta Museum’s new downtown Edmonton location houses the stories of the province’s human and natural history.

Edmonton, Alberta

A home for Alberta's stories

The design concept begins with a deep understanding of the Royal Alberta Museum, the province and the site. It gives primacy to the stories, the artifacts and the objects of the museum—the collections and how they are preserved and displayed is most important. The building is designed to enhance the experience of both visitors and museum staff, creating a museum that is sustainable, contributes to a vibrant downtown, is thoughtfully designed and fully accessible. It is a place to explore and connect–to Alberta, to ideas, to people.

Engaging for all Albertans

The Royal Alberta Museum is a focal point in the Edmonton Arts District and a destination for all Albertans. By capturing and expressing Alberta’s history, landscapes, and promising potential, the new signature building engages the public and change our perception of the museum.

Anchored in Place

Royal Alberta Museum is intentionally designed to be anchored in place. Today, RAM is in the heart of downtown Edmonton’s Arts District, right beside the modern day civic precinct and located on traditional Treaty 6 land. Historically, this site is where two street grid systems connect: the Cartesian grid that follows true north/south/east/west (like most of Alberta), and the seigneurial grid that aligns with river frontage, the city’s original ‘main street.’ The design seizes the perfect opportunity for Alberta’s provincial museum to respect and amplify the site’s incredible history while responding to the surrounding neighbourhood.

More space for stories

The new museum has double the exhibition space compared to its previous location. The project scope includes 8,000 net square meters of natural history and human history long-term exhibition galleries, children’s gallery and bug room, 4,300 net square meters of curatorial, research and collection spaces, a 1,000 square meter feature gallery and associated support space totaling 22,000 net square meters.

Project facts

Services: Architecture, Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Planning
Size: 37,100 sq.m. / 399,340 sq. ft. (approximately)
Builder: Ledcor Design-Build Inc.
Collaborators: Lundholm Associates Architects
Cost: A total of $375.5 million is invested in the development of the new museum.
Client: Alberta Infrastructure
LEED: LEED® Gold certified

Achievements & Awards

Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence - Buildings

Canada Green Building Council (Alberta Chapter) - Excellence in Green Building - New Construction

American Concrete Institute Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards - Mid-Rise Buildings

Canadian Design Build Institute - Design Build Award for Buildings

Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) Northern Alberta Chapter - Design Innovation over $100,000

Architectural Digest's Most Noteworthy Museums Opening in 2018

American Concrete Institute (Alberta Chapter) Award of Excellence in Concrete - Buildings-Institutional

Alberta Construction Magazine Top Projects - Institutional Over $50 M

Alberta Construction Magazine Top Projects - Institutional Design