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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 #17 of 34 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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
43 helpful votes 43 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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122 reviews 122 reviews
62 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
36 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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42 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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Okotoks, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

For what it is, this museum is a great way to see "wildlife." Two floors of taxidermy animals. Great way for those who aren't from around here to see some of the locals. There's a back room where touching items is allowed, so that proved to be the best part of the visit for my 2.5 year old.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Its is a museum you have to see once when in the area. Two stories of local animals, fowl, fish easily viewed. Some weapon artifacts etc.

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