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Since getting its 'royal' prefix in 2005 when Queen Liz II dropped by, Edmonton’s leading museum has successfully received funding – a cool $340 million – for a new downtown home, which should be complete by late 2017. The new museum will be the largest in western Canada, with an enormous collection of Alberta's natural and cultural history. Until then, the museum is closed.
The museum is known for its enormous collection of insects (the world's largest) and a lauded display of Alberta’s aboriginal culture. The highlight, however, is the ‘Wild Alberta’ gallery, which splits the province into different geographical zones and displays plants and animals from each.