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Provincial Museum of  Alberta
(1967-    )

The Royal Alberta Museum opened to the public on December 6, 1967 under its original name The Provincial Museum of Alberta. This achievement was the result of a partnership between the federal government's Confederation Memorial Centennial Program and the Government of Alberta. Planning had begun in the 1950s, but a museum professional was not hired to guide the project until 1962. In 1964, federal funding and matching provincial funds were announced. Raymond O. Harrison, an Australian, was hired and given $5M and three years to find a site, hire staff, build collections, construct a museum and prepare exhibits to fill 4000 square metres. The Museum expanded continuously through the late 1960s and 1970s, adding a range of curatorial programs and staff. Behind-the-scenes, the Museum's curatorial section continued to grow and evolve from Human History and Natural History into 13 separate programs of study including: Archaeology, Botany, Cultural Studies, Ethnology, Geology, Ichthyology, Invertebrate Zoology, Mammalogy, Military and Government History, Ornithology, Quaternary Environments, Quaternary Paleontology and Western Canadian History. The Geology program acquires and preserves rocks, minerals and fossils that document the geology of Alberta. The program interprets Geology to the public through the use of lectures, publications and exhibits; provides some identification services; provides a resource collection for professionals and amateurs and provides a depository for rare and valuable minerals and gemstones belonging to the people of Alberta.

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