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“Wonderful place to visit with out of town guests”

Muttart Conservatory
Ranked #7 of 145 things to do in Edmonton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Muttart Conservatory is unique at first sight. This innovative botanical garden sets the pace for plant science in western Canada and defines Edmonton’s skyline with striking glass pyramids rising from the river valley.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I took a visiting couple here. I had heard about it but never been. It was so great to walk through the different Pyramids and see such an array of plants from all over the world. Some I even recognized from places I had traveled to. It is fairly inexpensive and there is an a place to eat or just get coffee. The coffee tasted great and the food looked good !

I would take people back here and I suggest you go as well.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Janie M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice escape from winter, well situated with plenty of light and spacious plant displays in a number of pyramid style structures. Has a number of themed presentations, according to a specific climate; for example, desert, or tropical plants are two of them A special poinsettia display at Christmas season. Has small cafe and gift shop to round out a relaxing visit, especially in the midst of the winter season.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Jainotplain
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This innovative botanical garden sets the pace for plant science in western Canada. The Pyramids are amazing and whole centre is very well laid out and informative for the tourist, extremely interesting even if you are not into plants, great cafe with good food and tourist shop. Well worth the money and great views of the river valley.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank mandysneddon
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

we went for the moon, got treated to telescopes outside that showed different planets in different phases including the moon. was fun

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Rose G
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Reviewed 22 October 2018

Visiting the Muttary Conservatory was not on my "to do" list at all, but the weather was too lovely to waste inside a windowless museum or gallery - so, off I went to the conservatory. As it turns out, I enjoyed the conservatory more than any other attraction here in Edmonton so far. It comprises four individual pyramids (interconnected by the conservatory's atrium/entry foyer), each housing a different biome (collection of plants from different climates). The pyramids bring in a lot of natural light, making you feel really connected with the outdoors. Although the pyramids themselves are not huge, there is a surprisingly vast and varied collection of plans in each. There are beautiful, rare, unusual, and even quite ugly plants - but all very interesting to see. To get the most out of your visit you really need to take the time to look at each plant, read the information panels (some fascinating facts presented in places!) and appreciate each plant's uniqueness - don't just do a quick walk through each pyramid. It's actually quite informative and at times intriguing - not to mention quite relaxing (I really appreciated the seating benches placed throughout the pyramids).

At the time of my visit, the Day of the Dead was the featured display in one of the four pyramids. It was interesting to see - very colourful as well as moving. Worth taking a look.

I would recommend checking out the calendar of events here at the conservatory - I think any evening events would be quite spectacular with the special lighting of the pyramids (both inside and outside).

The conservatory also has a lovely cafe/restaurant on site - but, during my visit, it seemed quite full and busy during (I imagine that it may be hard to get a seat in there on weekends). There is also a great Giftshop - a diverse and interesting range of gifts (good place to buy birthday or Christmas presents, not just souvenirs of your visit here).

Exploring the pyramids from the outside is also fun - but, they are situated on the top of a small hill, so be prepared for the walk on a slight incline (wear sturdy shoes so that you don't slip). Once at the top, you can see into the pyramids from the outside as well as get a good view of the city skyline.

My only complaint about the conservatory is that, whilst it seems to be quite centrally located, it is very hard to get to using public transport and/or walking from the downtown area (there are no footpaths in parts, surrounded by quite busy roads - walking might be quite unsafe in some sections). It's quite a walk from downtown side of the river or from the nearest bus stops (20-30 minutes, longer if you were walking in snowy conditions). Hopefully, the city council will create some more direct walking routes or sign-posted trails to enable more visitors to reach the conservatory from the downtown area without needing to drive.

Overall, a lovely way to spend your day - just make sure that you take the time to really savour the experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
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