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“Frustrating”

Fossil World Discovery Center Museum
Ranked #13 of 31 things to do in Drumheller
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Owner description: New interactive dinosaur museum in Drumheller. Had the best time at this Museum with the kids. It's a must do.....
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“Frustrating”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

We scheduled our trip to drumheller so that we would be able to visit fossil world on April 19. We stayed a extra night in drumheller so we would be able to visit. On the morning of April 19 I saw that website had changed their opening date to April 20. We stopped by the location to see the opening date changed on the sign as well. It's very frustrating when I look at dates and times of everything before arriving and when we get there we find out they decided to change it. When I called today ( april 19) their message still stated they would be opening April 19.

Visited April 2013
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DonChambers, Owner at Fossil World Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Customer was not able to visit due to safety issues. Her story to me was she had just drove that morning to Drumheller to visit Fossil World and had checked the website that morning. Website had been updated but after she left to come to Drumheller. I gave her more than $54 in passes to compensate for our being closed. We regret the inconvience this may have caused her, but customer safety is our first concern.
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Aldershot
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“A step back in time and geared to the young at heart”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

A small museum focussed on the display of fossils from USA and elsewhere - but not local ones as Alberta forbids all museums other than the Tyrell from displaying them.

Information abounds and an animatronic dinosaur keeps two beady eyes on you at all times.

Great for youngsters who can "pan" for fossils, stones and other minerals.

Visited September 2012
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Edmonton, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not open.. after a loong drive”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

We drove a really long way, lookIng forward to going here, only to find out they are not open on Tuesdays or Wednesdays,. What a huge disappointment!

Visited September 2012
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Thank aetherwyrm
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DonChambers, Owner at Fossil World Discovery Center Museum, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
We appreciate our many returning customers and we are sorry you found our facility closed on the day of your return. Our hours of operation are clearly posted on our website. It is customary in Drumheller for tourism businesses to operate on a reduced schedule in the off season.
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Sundre, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Interesting but a big price to pay for a small venue”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

My kids have been on several field trips to Fossil World and they have always enjoyed themselves. I went with them for the first time this past weekend and I'm sort of undecided. The kids had a good time "mining" for minerals and "digging" for fossils, but the admission price ($20/child for museum, mining and fossil dig) seems a little steep. The museum is a collection of about 8 glass cases, enough to give parents something to look at while the kids dig. There is a wall climb there as well which we chose not to do this time around (there was yet another additional fee for it!). The kids did have fun, but we found ourselves hard pressed to spend more than an hour there.
The indoor playground is restricted for those 4ft and under, so only one of my children (ages 7 & 9) could use it.
The gift shop has lots of selection from $2 toys for the kids to precious stones and fossils worth hundreds of dollars.
I also must mention that they seem to have an infestation of maple bugs. The lady at the counter says it happens in September as they all come inside, but it was gross. They were climbing the walls and floors and even floating in the mineral mine. I left feeling rather creepy crawly!
All in all it was ok, not sure I would rush to go back, but it wasn't a bad visit.

Visited September 2012
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Halkirk, Alberta, Canada
1 review
“AWESOME EXPERIENCE!”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

We had so much fun! It was awesome for the kids, the staff were helpful and knowledgeable. We have small children and they enjoyed it 100%. We will return again and will spread the word.

Visited September 2012
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Thank Shawna K
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