What can guests (local or visiting) expect to experience?
“Visitors of the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery can expect an engaging experience that providing them with new insights and creative fuel,” says Kendall.
Upon arrival to the museum, you are greeted by a peaceful koi fishpond and friendly Visitor Services staff, who will introduce you to what is currently on display in the MAG and send you off to explore. Don’t forget to visit their gift shop, where you can purchase and take some inspiration home with you.
“Throughout our displays, you will witness a myriad of themes from Red Deer’s history, such as clothing, war times, children's toys, nature, sports and more,” says Kendall. “Our largest collection is clothing and textiles with over 15,000 items, and we have significant collections of military history, decorative arts, the history of commerce and agriculture in Red Deer, visual arts created by artists from Central Alberta, and contemporary First Nations art by artists from across Canada.”
Self-guided activities like matching artifacts to the people who owned them or listen to stories (voiced by local actors like Kerry Wood and Ella Parsons) can be experienced by pressing the buttons on coordinating exhibit panels.
“Along with our varying exhibits, we also offer a range of learning opportunities for people of all ages, with ongoing family activities, special events, adult programs and day camps for children,” says Kendall.
You can share your unique perspective by making some art of your own in one of the MAG’s various programs. “We invite you to drop into our studio on MAGnificent Saturdays art-making program for families and participate in that day’s activity,” says Kendall. More details and a full calendar of programming and events can be found on their website.
Replenished with new insights, you can step out next door into Heritage Square, surrounded by historic buildings such as Stephenson Hall Block and learn about the building’s history. Use your new knowledge to discover what other treasures the world has to offer in the luscious walking trails near the museum.
What is new or upcoming?
The exhibition Prairie Vernacular Exhibit will be on display at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery until August 16, 2021. This exhibit includes over 50 artists, 9 themes with an amazing collection of work. The Exhibit examines historic and contemporary representations of the vernacular in artistic practice on the Canadian prairies, considering the relationship of folk art to contemporary art produced in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
Prairie in the City: Heritage Day @ the MAG, August 2, 2021. Drop-in 1:00 – 4:00 pm. An event for all ages with live music by local musician Mike Szabo, sack races, outdoor games, prairie art activities and more.
Coming to the MAG this Fall is the touring Exhibit World War Women developed by the Canadian War Museum (Ottawa), August 28 to November 28, 2021. This travelling exhibition focuses on the experiences of Canadian women during the First and Second World Wars.
Be sure to watch their website and social media for the most up-to-date information and happenings.
The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery would like to invite you to visit the museum and then tell them about your experience. “We want to engage our locals and visitors and get their input on various topics that could inspire our future efforts,” says Kendall.
Some questions include:
- What stories should they tell?
- What kind of artifacts you would most like to see?
- What kinds of activities you would like to see?
- What things would generate conversations between generations?
- What ideas could we present that will change the way we live in our community?
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