With winter now upon Calgary, you and your family might be looking for some fun activities that are both affordable and yes, warm.  The Glenbow Museum is always a great place visit, given it’s amazing artefacts, beautiful art and fantastic exhibits. 

But did you know that The Glenbow Museum is also home to some unexpected items that might surprise you. Here’s just a sample! 

CAPTAIN JAMES COOK'S SWORD

Captain James Cook's Sword (on view in the Searching for the Northwest Passage exhibition) Known for his explorations in the seas around Hawaii, Australia & New Zealand, Cook also made an expedition to find the North West Passage. That expedition failed, and he intended to return to try again, but was killed in an altercation in Hawaii before he could get back! 

Captain John Cook's Sword  

MULTIMEDIA "HUNTING TROPHY" 

A multimedia "hunting trophy" elks head sculpture that is at once "live" and not alive. Dan Hudson is the artist and the title is "Greener Grass.” (On view in the Made in Calgary: The 2000s exhibition)

multimedia "hunting trophy"

CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING BELT 

Ask anyone who’s a fan of wrestling and they’ll tell you that Stu Hart's contribution to the sport is practically unmatched by anyone in the world. Hart spent much of his time training some of the world’s best wrestlers right here in Calgary, including his son Bret “The Hitman” Hart. The Glenbow Museum is now home to Stu Hart’s North American Heavyweight Championship Wrestling Belt from 1965. It’s priceless piece of wrestling history. (on view in the Mavericks gallery)

North American Heavyweight Championship Wrestling Belt

CEREMONIAL MEDALS 

Ceremonial medals presented in 1901 to Siksika Chiefs by the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall (future King George V & Queen Mary) The medal presentation narrowly avoided disaster; members of the tribes were readying themselves and their horses for war and planning to attack the Royal Couple to protest of the lack of food rations that had been provided by the government for the tribes in recent months (On view in the Blackfoot Gallery)

Ceremonial medals

THE WORLD’S OLDEST ROCK

What about the Glenbow’s most ancient artefact?  Well, that’d be the of  a piece of Acasta Gneiss, also known as “the world’s oldest rock.” How old is the world’s oldest rock?  4.03 billion years old. Talk about ancient history!   (On view in Mineralogy)


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