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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 #14 of 32 attractions in Banff
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Calgary, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Went thru the museum and gives you a flavor of the past and takes you away from the hustle of the mainstreet traffic. Sit and read or look at the different animals there is something for everyone here but is short. Take a walk behind the museum then along the pathway and have a picnic which is nice.

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Calgary, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

If, like me, you need to remove yourself from the commercialism. Find your way to the Museum Library, grab a book and seat yourself down in a leather chair, smoke your virtual pipe and reminisce. Many many natural items that used to be alive for hours or a few minutes to view. My wife chooses not join me. Sometimes the... More

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Banff National Park, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Really enjoyed touring here and taking in all the sites this place had to offer from a naturalist point of view. We would recommend anyone to tour this particular museum and they will be pleasantly surprised at the interesting items on display

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Toronto
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is a relic of the past. The display is old school, the building is old school and the people working in it are old school. As it should be seeing that it is a museum of Banff. The activities for the kids are awesome - kept my kids busy for hours. The artifacts and curios are awesome - kept... More

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Saskatoon
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

If being up close and personal with taxidermied (I may have made up that word) animals is your thing, then this is the place to be. The building this vintage exhibit is housed in is something to see on its own, as it is very beautiful. I got a real sense and feel of the history of Banff from my... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

The Banff Park museum is closed in the winter due to federal budget cuts. This is the second year that they have been doing this. I didn't know. It was very disappointing.

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St Louis, MO, USA
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68 reviews 68 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We had been told about this museum by the guides at the Banff visitor center. We passed it on our first walk around town, but saved it for our last day since it was raining. We were amazed with the extent of the wildlife displayed and the history of the Banff area. Well worth the visit!

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Bedford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Although the collection was very good, displaying many animals and birds from many years ago, what most impressed us was the actual original Parks Museum building. It was a really impressive and beautifully constructed building.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

The displays were excellent but not interactive at all. Great for adults willing to read but I don't think it will hold children's attention very long.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

The museum is itself an exhibit! The museum was in a wonderful building with a very helpful member of staff. the style is old fashioned but the old labels have their own charm.

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