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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 32 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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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 NEW

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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Salem, Oregon
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The building is impressive, and the collections even more impressive. The stuffed animals from all over Canada give you a unique look at what these creatures look like up close. Very informative and educational. Well worth the $3.50 entrance fee

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Exeter
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This is a cheap location to visit, it is small and took us about 20 minutes to walk around whilst it was raining. May be better for kids or those interested in stuffed animals. It wasn't really my kind of thing to be honest but documents the history of wildlife in Canada

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Minnesota
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Lucky for us it was raining, otherwise we would have missed this very good museum! It is filled with natural history! Great place to learn the ways to identify types of birds and animals and lots of interesting tidbits!!!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This museum documents the wildlife found in this area. It was built over 100 years ago and is remarkably well preserved. The animals displayed are all stuffed, so keep that in mind. It is a small museum, one hour or so is plenty to see it all. It is close to the center of Banff, an easy walk and a... More

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Vancouver, B.C.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This isn't a large museum, by any means, but it was very interesting and offered a peaceful reprieve from busy downtown Banff. The building was built in 1903 and the (renovated) wood panelling inside is quite beautiful. Inside is a collection of carefully curated specimens of local mammals, fish and birds. Some of the taxidermied specimens are amazingly old (from... More

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

You you planing to go Sat, weekends or holiday expect delays and big queue of cars to enter the park. However, the phenomenal rocky view are amazing and different from the rocky of Colorado, in color and landscaping. Way more trees: Cedars, Spruces, Firs....the majestic Douglas Fir.... Going to the city of Banff and try to find an affordable restaurant... More

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cheshire, uk
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We began our day here and what a great experience it was......wonderful to see all the wildlife from the last 100 years....Western Canada's oldest museum. There is an entry fee but for us well worth it....brilliantly presented and very helpful staff to answer questions.....children would love it!

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

One of the best small museums I have visited for a long time. Housed in a lovely building at the end of Banff avenue, it illustrates the wide variety of wildlife in the Rockies based on a collection of stuffed birds and animals collected in the early part of the 20th century - well worth the money.

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