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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 #18 of 33 attractions in Banff
Type: Natural History Museums
Traveler Description: The Banff Park Museum National Historic Site is a graceful 1903 log building whose style is often described as a "railway pagoda". This is a natural... more »
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Banff town is, I would say, a fairly unmemorable few blocks of hotels, gift shops (some of which, to be fair, are very good) and restaurants. This stands alone at one end of the town and is a real little treat. The stuffed animals in this over 100 year old wood built museum give a really good opportunity to review... More

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Glasgow, Scotland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It was really pleasing to see that this old building had survived and been retained as a museum full of artifacts and information relative to the area. Although not large the exhibits on two levels particularly stuffed animals and birds provide a link to the pioneering past.

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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156 reviews 156 reviews
28 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This museum was something of a conundrum to me. Most often, one goes to a museum to see the collections and learn something about the subject matter, so, one would expect to go to this museum to learn about the natural history of the area; however, in this case, that would be wrong. This is a National Historic Site, and... More

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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32 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Great collection of flora and fauna from the local region. Well put together. A little expensive for the less than an hour you need in this place.

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Banff, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

A collection of preserved animals from a previous era. Interesting in that it provides insight into how visitors perceived wildlife 100 years ago. Good for a rainy day.

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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Not your typical museum, the Banff Park Museum is more like a 'museum of a museum'. This resonates from the hand-rolled glass windows, charismatic wood construction, and the obvious perception of people in the 1900's towards animals in their taxidermy. Although only a small museum, it hosts a huge collection of taxidermy animals, many of which would now be considered... More

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108 reviews 108 reviews
10 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I agree that the log construction of the museum is one of it's really interesting features, but the stuffed animals still enthral. There is something thrilling about being up close and personal to these magnificent animals, even if they are dead. The section on native canadian leaders was very interesting, and i wanted to see more on indigenous culture. Those... More

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London, United Kingdom
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67 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This is a small museum and included in the annual National Parks pass. There were lots of animals on display but the most interesting bit for me was the actual building and the beautiful location near the river.

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Portland, Oregon
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27 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

There is at least one of every animal in the park, so if you missed seeing a grizzly up close come here! Plan a half hour if you just race through, 3-4 if you read each display description. This is an old school museum, so don't get irritated about the stuffed bisons.

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Beverly hills, fl
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72 reviews 72 reviews
34 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This museum offers its visitors a great display of the many forms of wildlife that live in the Banff National park. There are two floors of taxidermed animals, rocks, and history of the park and its wildlife. The attendant at the desk is very knowledgable and answered many of the questions that people had.

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