Royal Alberta Museum Gift Shop

Project Details

Royal Alberta Museum Gift Shop


Edmonton, AB, Canada


Alberta Infrastructure




Electrical Design & Specialty Lighting Design

  • 2018 Prairie Design Award - Interior Design Award of Merit

The gift shop in the new Royal Alberta Museum offers visitors a means of extending their museum experience and taking home a souvenir of their visit. Inspired by antique museum specimen trays and mosaic panels that previously adorned the building, the interior design is a modern merchandising system allowing endless display combinations. A palate of whitewashed plywood was used with a compliment of colors and finishes that allow the retail team to play and evolve the store over time.

Following suit, the lighting design intent was to support the impression of specimen trays, outlining larger cells within the millwork with recessed strip-lighting: allowing reconfiguration as the lighting supports all kinds of item sizes and arrangements, popping them off the muted background like the inspirational specimens in their trays. Elsewhere, previously-existing track and downlighting added focused and ambient lighting.

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