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Pictures and video explore the exhibits at Edmonton’s brand new Royal Alberta Museum

Mammoth unveiled in Royal Alberta Museum lobby
WATCH ABOVE: A giant mammoth was unveiled in the lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum.

After years of anticipation, the Royal Alberta Museum in downtown Edmonton is finally open.

The 82,000-square-foot facility is about twice the size of the old museum in Glenora.

READ MORE: Edmontonians set to jam the RAM as museum releases 8,000 more free tickets for opening week

The doors to the museum opened on Wednesday, but if you weren’t able to make it down for the grand opening, we have you covered with dozens of pictures and several videos of each of the exhibition spaces.

From the Human History and Natural History halls, to the children’s gallery and the bug room, here is a look inside the $375.5-million Royal Alberta Museum.

Lobby

Watch below: Take a tour of the Royal Alberta Museum’s lobby

Royal Alberta Museum: lobby
Royal Alberta Museum: lobby

As soon as you walk into the museum, you’re greeted by a massive Albertosaurus. High atop the dinosaur hangs a 1918 biplane.

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The focal point of the lobby is the reinforced concrete feature staircase. Construction workers and designers worked around the clock for 25 weeks to come up with the vision for the staircase.

Of course, the bright space is also home to a gift shop.

Scroll through the gallery below to see pictures of the lobby.

A 1918 biplane in the lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
A 1918 biplane in the lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
The lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum is home to a 1918 biplane and Albertosaurus.
The lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum is home to a 1918 biplane and Albertosaurus. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
The lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
The lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The staircase is a focal point in the lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
The staircase is a focal point in the lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
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The gift shop inside the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
The gift shop inside the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum is home to a 1918 biplane and Albertosaurus.
The lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum is home to a 1918 biplane and Albertosaurus. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum is home to a 1918 biplane and Albertosaurus.
The lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum is home to a 1918 biplane and Albertosaurus. Caley Ramsay, Global News
A 1918 biplane in the lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
A 1918 biplane in the lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
A 1918 biplane in the lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
A 1918 biplane in the lobby of the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News

Human History Hall

Watch below: Take a tour through the Royal Alberta Museum’s Human History Hall

Royal Alberta Museum: Human History exhibit
Royal Alberta Museum: Human History exhibit

The first floor of the museum is home to many exhibits, including the 29,100-square-foot Human History Hall. This space is meant to take visitors back to Alberta’s earliest peoples and tell the stories of who we are and where we came from.

As soon as you walk into the hall, you come upon two sacred stones which are part of the Ancestral Lands gallery. Because of their sacred nature, visitors are asked not to take pictures or videos of the stones.

The hall encompasses six galleries, including one entirely dedicated to the pickup truck and how the vehicle helped transform the province after 1945.

Scroll through the gallery below to see pictures of the Human History Hall.

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The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from.
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from.
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from.
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from.
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from.
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from.
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from. Caley Ramsay, Global News
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The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from.
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from.
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from.
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from.
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from.
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from.
The Human History Hall of the Royal Alberta Museum houses six galleries that share stories of who we are and where we came from. Caley Ramsay, Global News

Bug Gallery

Watch below: Take a tour through the Royal Alberta Museum’s Bug Gallery 

Royal Alberta Museum: Bug Gallery
Royal Alberta Museum: Bug Gallery

Also on the main floor of the museum is the Bug Gallery. As soon as you walk into the room you can feel the humidity, as the space is temperature controlled for the hundreds of live invertebrates that call the area home.

READ MORE: How Royal Alberta Museum is moving thousands of invertebrates

From northern paper wasps and velvet ants to African chafer beetles and black widow spiders, there is no shortage of local and exotic invertebrates to get up close and personal with.

Scroll through the gallery below to see pictures of the Bug Gallery.

Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
A golden silk orb weaver inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
A golden silk orb weaver inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
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African chafer beetles inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
African chafer beetles inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
African chafer beetles inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
African chafer beetles inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Northern paper wasps inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Northern paper wasps inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
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Behinds the scenes of the bus nursery, where staff work with invertebrates, at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Behinds the scenes of the bus nursery, where staff work with invertebrates, at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Northern paper wasps inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Northern paper wasps inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Buy Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News

Children’s Gallery

Watch below: Take a tour through the Royal Alberta Museum’s Children’s Gallery 

Royal Alberta Museum: Children’s Gallery
Royal Alberta Museum: Children’s Gallery

Designed with kids eight years old and younger, the Children’s Space offers kids a hands-on learning space.

The 7,000-square-foot room is home to all kinds of fun activities for kids, including an interactive dig pit and a theatre.

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Scroll through the gallery below to see pictures of the Children’s Gallery.

The dig pit inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
The dig pit inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The dig pit inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
The dig pit inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
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Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
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Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
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Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Children's Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News

Natural History Hall

Watch below: Take a tour through the Royal Alberta Museum’s Natural History Hall

Royal Alberta Museum: Natural History exhibit
Royal Alberta Museum: Natural History exhibit

The second floor of the museum is home to the Natural History Hall, a 30,000-square-foot space that houses four galleries.

It’s in this section of the museum that you can take a journey back in time to the Ice Age, discovering animals and plants that lived in Alberta thousands of years ago.

This hall is home to a massive Columbian mammoth, as well as eight of the dioramas that were on display at the old Royal Alberta Museum. They are complemented by nine new dioramas.

Scroll through the gallery below to see pictures of the Natural History Hall. 

Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
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Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
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Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
Inside the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News

Gems and Minerals of the World gallery

Watch below: Take a tour through the Royal Alberta Museum’s Gems and Minerals of the World gallery 

Royal Alberta Museum: Gems and Minerals of the World
Royal Alberta Museum: Gems and Minerals of the World

The Natural History Hall is also home to the Gems and Minerals of the World gallery.

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In this area, you can see a meteorite up close, discover how crystals grow and explore the beauty of rubies, diamonds and emeralds.

Scroll through the gallery below to see pictures of the Gems and Minerals of the World gallery.

The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
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The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News
The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
The "Gems and Minerals of the World" gallery within the Natural History Hall at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Caley Ramsay, Global News

Manitou Asinîy (Manitou Stone)

Manitou Asinîy is of great spiritual significance to Indigenous peoples in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

It is located in a stand-alone space on the second floor of the museum and is designed to encourage reflection and quiet discussion.

Because it is sacred, pictures or video are not allowed in this area of the museum.

READ MORE: Free admission one way new Royal Alberta Museum will honour Indigenous people

Watch below: The Manitou Stone is just one way Indigenous culture is showcased at the new museum. As Sarah Kraus explains, the stories of Alberta’s aboriginal people are woven throughout the entire building.

Royal Alberta Museum: Indigenous culture showcased
Royal Alberta Museum: Indigenous culture showcased

Feature Gallery

The Royal Alberta Museum’s 12,000-square-foot Feature Gallery is not yet open to the public.

The area will be used to feature new international exhibitions.

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The first exhibit in this area is scheduled to open in spring 2019. No details on what the exhibit is have been released.

Watch below: Excited visitors lined up outside the Royal Alberta Museum Wednesday as the brand new facility opened its doors for the first time. 

Edmonton’s Royal Alberta Museum Opens
Edmonton’s Royal Alberta Museum Opens

Watch below: The new Royal Alberta Museum is not just about history; it’s also about the stories and the people that make Alberta what it is. Vinesh Pratap has more on stories of contemporary Alberta.

Royal Alberta Museum: Contemporary Alberta
Royal Alberta Museum: Contemporary Alberta

Museum Zone

The Royal Alberta Museum is dedicated to showing visitors a bit of the work that goes on behind the scenes, including conservation and research.

The Museum Zone provides a glimpse at the visible conservation labs within the building.

Watch below: Take a glimpse behind the scenes at the conservation work being done in the museum’s bug nursery 

Royal Alberta Museum: Bug nursery
Royal Alberta Museum: Bug nursery

Watch below: After several years and about 100,000 hours of work, Donna Clare, the architect behind the new Royal Alberta Museum, speaks with Gord Steinke. “This building couldn’t be anywhere else,” she said.

Interview with Royal Alberta Museum architect Donna Clare
Interview with Royal Alberta Museum architect Donna Clare

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