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Review of Banff Park Museum

Banff Park Museum
Ranked #18 of 79 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.
Calgary, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“identify animals”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

A nice selection of local (and other) animals are carefully stuffed and labeled. It is a good way to see the various sizes of animals you would otherwise not want or be able to observe up close. This attraction is free with the Parks Canada Discovery Pass; there is a slight charge otherwise.

Visited May 2013
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16 reviews
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“A terrific little museum that gives an insight into the early days of Banff”
Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

A gem of a museum, set up in the same way as it was in the early 1900s when visitors first flocked to the area. Staff are exceptionally welcoming and it's terrific value. There are more thrilling places to go in Banff, but I would still put it on the "Must Visit" list.

Visited April 2013
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Calgary
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“It Was Closed!”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

We tried to go there during the day on Saturday, March 16th but it was closed. Too bad as it was very cold that day and needed to warm up after our walk.

Visited March 2013
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10 attraction reviews
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“Great Museum!”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

Loved this museum, it provided a broad spectrum of exhibits from the locality and was well laid out. I find stuffed animals a little creepy but they are in most museums so I moved fast through that section!

Visited March 2012
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new westminster
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“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
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