Royal Alberta Museum Permanent Collection

The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) is located in Edmonton and is Alberta’s provincial museum.

Edmonton, Alberta Canada

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The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) is located in Edmonton and is Alberta’s provincial museum. The Royal Alberta Museum opened to the public on December 6, 1967 during Canada’s centennial year. The RAM has thirteen different programs allocated to the following three broad categories; Cultural Studies, Earth Sciences and Life Sciences. The museum’s mission is to preserve and tell the story of Alberta - the experience of people and places over time - and inspire Albertans to explore and understand the world around them.

The Western Canadian History Program, under the Cultural Studies umbrella, focuses on Alberta's social, industrial, domestic and decorative arts history from 1870 to the present. The collections are wide-ranging and diverse, but areas of special strength include medical equipment, ceramics and glassware, toys and recreational equipment, communications technology (from radios to computers), home furnishings and costumes and textiles.

The Royal Alberta Quilt Collection houses 75+ quilts dating from the 1880s to the present and associated with Alberta’s history. These quilts include doll quilts, crib quilts, bed quilts, hand pieced & quilted, machine pieced & hand quilted, machine pieced and quilted, whole-cloth quilts, traditional quilts, contemporary quilts, signature quilts, commemorative quilts, crazy quilts, utility quilts, cigarette silk quilts, prize winning quilts, Red Cross quilts (WWI & WWII) and art quilts. The collecting of quilts is ongoing as donations present themselves.

Project description provided by the Royal Alberta Museum.