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“natural history exhibits”
Review of Banff Park Museum

Banff Park Museum
Ranked #19 of 76 things to do in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Western Canada's oldest natural history museum, Banff Park Museum offers visitors a chance to browse some 5,000 vintage specimens - from stuffed bears to minerals and plants. A visit to this 'Museum of a Museum' is a great way to get an up-close look at Banff wildlife and see how natural history was interpreted a century ago. Plenty of interactive and kids' activities - including the Xplorers Club.
new westminster
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180 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
“natural history exhibits”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

the Banff Park Museum serves as a cabinet of curiosities for Canadian wildlife. Set in a small two-story building, it is stuffed with dead animals brought back to life with shiny, glass button eyes. There is quite a nice variety, though, including an elk, musk ox, beaver, lynx, and two ponderous bison heads mourning the romance of another era. Half of downstairs is devoted to winged creatures, including owls, hummingbirds, water fowl of all kinds, as well as an entire display of bees. The museum is worth going to if visit banff area.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank jack m
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Winnipeg, Canada
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166 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Enjoyed our visit here. The museum is not huge by any means. But it does have a lot of pieces. They do guided tours, and we caught the tail end of it. The guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank Beejmcgillashaw
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Hudson, Ohio
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150 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Great little museum”
Reviewed September 15, 2012

This is as much an historical sight as a museum. It the old collection of mounts from very early in the history of Banff park. By modern standards it may be a little strange, but it is a wonderful collection, full of beautiful specimens, in a beautiful building, and is a great slice of history and natural history. I would highly recommend doing the tour with the staff (it is included in the admission). The staff is great and very knowledgeable.

Visited September 2012
3 Thank Swift-Ohio
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“banff park museum”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

100 year old taxidermist animals of the banff area from insects to bears, bird, elk, fish. surprisingly in excellent condition. the library has some interesting books about the history of the area.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank ronald c
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Silver Spring, MD
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20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good event to take in if it rains”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

Just the building alone is worth seeing. I hope I don't have this confused with something else; but I think this was the one with an extensive collection of taxidermy, which I generally would find gruesome; but this time interesting.

Visited September 2012
3 Thank CoyoteBrokenFoot
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