Fear and Wonder
The Museum of Fear and Wonder is a collaborative project by Brendan Griebel and Jude Griebel.  It uses the dying tradition of the rural museum to highlight the psychological and narrative qualities of objects. The collection is comprised of emotionally complicated artifacts that speak directly to themes of human experience, identity and myth-making. It forms a greater story in its entirety, both educating and mystifying its audience.  
 
Situated in a renovated army barracks outside the small community of Bergen, Alberta, the Museum of Fear and Wonder can be visited on an appointment basis by the curious.  In coming years, the museum will play host to guest academics and curators, allowing them the space and isolation to write and reflect on human relationships to the world of possessions.
 
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Special Collections podcast

May 29, 2019

We would like to thank Jeff Simpson and BYU radio's Special Collections podcast for their recent feature on the Museum of Fear and Wonder. Listen to the podcast by clicking the image link.  

Booking is open for the 2019 season

March 15, 2019

The Museum of Fear and Wonder is pleased to announce the opening of its 2019 season. 

Bookings for the Musseum can be made on the Visit section of the website. 

RACAR journal article

November 13, 2018

The Museum of Fear and Wonder is one of three small museums profiled in Helen Gregory and Kirsty Robertson's RACAR journal article titled "No Small Matter: Micromuseums as Critical Institutions." Click the icon to access the article. 

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Hours and Location

The Museum of Fear and Wonder is a private museum located near Bergen,  approximately one hour north of Calgary, Alberta.  We feel it is important that the museum's collection be used as a tool for public conversation and introspection. We do not charge admission for viewing the collection and provide individually guided tours of the museum to as many visitors as possible.  

The museum is open to the public every summer between June 1st and August 30th. As the building is shared with a private residence, we request that all visits are made on an appointment basis using the visit request form below. Admission to the museum will be denied to unannounced guests 

 

Visiting the Museum

*Please note: The Museum's 2019 season is now closed. We do not begin taking bookings for  our 2020 season (June though August) until March 15th, 2020.

Appointments to visit the Museum of Fear and Wonder (each season runs June through August) can be made via the request form below. We suggest requesting multiple dates for a visit, as only a limited number of tours are available each day. Directions to the museum will be provided upon confirmation of the appointment. 

 

The maximum group size for visits is 8 people.  

We do not recommend bringing children to the Museum due to the graphic, psychological, and fragile nature of its displays. The Museum will not be held responsible for any emotional or physical harm incurred on the premises. We look forward to your visit.

Contact and Appointment Requests

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