Contemporary Calgary


This inspiring modern-art gallery has three floors of temporary exhibits that change every four months. The gallery is now in the former Centennial Planetarium in the southwest of Calgary, with displays of modern and contemporary art. The building itself is famous for its brutalist-style architecture.

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Nearby Calgary attractions

1. Prince's Island Park


For a little slice of Central Park in the heart of Cowtown, take the bridge over to this island, with grassy fields made for tossing Frisbees, plus bike…

2. Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre

1.08 MILES

Inside this impressive landmark building, built by skilled Chinese artisans in 1993, you'll find a magnificent 21m-high dome ornately painted with 561…

3. Bow

1.13 MILES

This cresent-shaped glass skyscraper soars 58-storeys and 236m-high in the sky and is home to one of the many oil companies in town. Until 2016 it was the…

4. Calgary Tower

1.16 MILES

This 1968 landmark tower is an iconic feature of the Calgary skyline, though it has now been usurped by numerous taller buildings and is in danger of…

5. National Music Centre

1.61 MILES

Looking like a whimsical copper castle, this fabulous new museum is entirely entertaining, taking you on a ride through Canada's musical history with…

6. Fort Calgary Historic Park

2.03 MILES

In 1875 Calgary was born at Fort Calgary. The site today is occupied by a replica of a military barracks that stood here in the 1880s (the original fort…

8. Calgary Zoo


More than 1000 animals from around the world, many in enclosures simulating their natural habitats, make Calgary's zoo one of the top rated in North…