The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) is one of Canada's leading museums of human and natural history. Located in downtown Edmonton's Arts District, the museum collects, preserves, researches, interprets, and exhibits specimens and objects related to the heritage of Alberta's people and natural environment. The exterior materials were chosen to respect and complement the neighbourhood (City Hall, Art Gallery of Alberta, Winspear Centre for Music), while reinforcing the solidity and importance of the institution. The materials give form and scale. Stone paneling that appears on the exterior continues into the interior, providing a cohesive sense of place between the inside and outside. Construction included installation of 7,500 limestone panels (over 80,000 square feet) to the exterior envelope and interior. The typical panel size measured 2' wide x 5' tall x 2" thick.