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.
We are thrilled to be a focus of Lianne McTavish’s newly published book, Voluntary Detours Lianne’s elegant text speaks to how rural museums, collections and history help shape communities throughout Alberta.
Thank you to everyone for attending the Museum's Bergen Community evening. We were treated to an excellent presentation of Doug Haslam's Cabinet of Curiosities and to music by Jamie and Laurie Syer before gathering to watch the meteor shower.
No Small Matter
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.
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
We regret that we are no longer taking visits requests for the 2022 season. We will open for bookings of the 2023 season on March 15th, 2023.
Please note that we are also working towards a more expansive exhibit, accessible to the public as it travels to other museums beginning in 2023, as well as talks and a virtual tour. Please check our News section for updates regarding these activities. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
The Museum of Fear and Wonder