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Banff Park Museum

93 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
1-403-762-1558
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Ranked #10 of 22 Attractions in Banff
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Museum housing stuffed wildlife that was once hunted in Banff National Park.
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Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Museum housing stuffed wildlife that was once hunted in Banff National Park.

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Edmonton, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Everything you would expect in a museum dedicated to Banff and the beginning of this resort town. If going, take the time to read the displays and walk the surrounding areas. Parking difficult in the summer. Park on the other side of the river, turn right after the bridge.

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Blue Mountains, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Returned this summer with more grandchildren to give them the experience of the Banff Park Museum...of Natural History. There are over 5000 specimens on display, the old fashioned way. The woodwork just gleams with richness. The 1903 structure of BC Fir is indeed a "National Historic Site!" The specimen collection is from the 1914 era. Read on one individual named... More 

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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Great art and historical displays. We spent an afternoon here due to inclement weather and leaned a lot we would otherwise have overlooked. The gift shop has great local art. Amazing interactive displays.

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Fair Oaks, CA
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25 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This small museum contains a collection of stuffed birds and animals of Banff Park. There are also exhibits of bird's nests with eggs, fossil and minerals of the area. There is a small fee and you can see everything is less than an hour.

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Saffron Walden
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I always love visiting this museum. No I don't like the idea of stuffed animals but this museum is quaint and charming and most of the animals died as a result of accidents. A visit doesn't take long but it is fascinating.

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Larchmont, New York
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124 reviews 124 reviews
63 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

After being slightly disappointed in not seeing wildlife in Banff other than one pika and a mostly hidden caribou, it was interesting to see this museum boasting a large collection of the many animals that roam its countryside. The cougar and bears were particularly impressive and scary. Also note - I'm an animal lover and appreciate that this museum absolutely... More 

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Perth, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Sold as a museum of a museum, the museum has been maintained with its original character since it was built and curated back in the 1800's. My favourite part was the original curator's office, complete with field books and records. Fun and engaging activities provided for the kids, with lots of interesting stuff to look at.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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37 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is a timber building over a hundred years old, and is full of specimens from the old days, when animals were hunted, mounted and displayed. While we really don`t do that today, it is interesting to see the wide variety of animals there, and especially to note the way they were displayed - for instance, ones previously thought to... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

One of Westerns Canada's oldest Museums and the oldest surviving building in a Canadian National Park, the building itself was the highlight for me. There are loons and grebes, songbirds, magpies, eggs, wolves, moose etc stuffed and well displayed. The museum is well lit by natural night Might be worth going to on a rainy day but won't take up... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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46 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We didn’t read all the plaques outside before going in so we were a little disappointed to find that the museum was an old-style natural history museum. In other words it is full of stuffed dead animals. Call me weird but I prefer my animals alive and in their natural setting. We were expecting some information on the history of... More 

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