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“Too Much Alberta, Too Little Dinosaurs”

Royal Tyrrell Museum
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Drumheller and Badlands Full-Day Tour with a Small Group
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Canadian Badlands Day Trip from Calgary
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Drumheller
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Since 1985, the Royal Tyrrell Museum has presented the fascinating evolution of dinosaurs through its collection of dozens of skeletons and hundreds of fossils.
Vernon, Canada
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“Too Much Alberta, Too Little Dinosaurs”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

This is my fourth visit to the museum, but my first in 14 years. The place is starting to show its age. The displays are stunning, but they do feel like walking through 3-D representations of 1990s and early 2000s computer graphics...it won't be long before the look needs to be radically redone. This is a children's museum, not one for adults. If you go with that in mind, you'll be happy enough. However, it is pitched for Alberta residents, which was off-putting, because I consider the artifacts reconstructed and preserved here to belong to a global heritage, and one that goes beyond the human species as well. There were just too many pitches for Alberta, complete with a tectonics display that completely eliminated British Columbia's geology from the world map, not to mention the continual claim that these dinosaurs, which lived in an ancient sea and its shores, were "Alberta" dinosaurs, although Alberta, or humans, even, did not exist back then. That aside, why could the path to the lookout not have been open in the winter? Some of us would rather get outside of the programmed content and clear our minds. All in all, wonderful bones, content only for children, very little science, dated displays, and friendly staff. Make sure you go with your kids. It's fantastic. Why it should be only or kids, beats me.

Visited January 2013
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Lethbridge, Canada
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“Best $11 I spent in a long time! Go see the Museum”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Drove from Lethbridge to Drumheller to see the Royal Tyrell Museum. It was well worth the drive as I had not been to the museum since I was about 16 years old, about 20 years ago. $11 for adult admission. The museum is top quality, laid out well and has good flow along with educated and helpful staff. This place is for all ages. It was nice since I went in January 2013 as not too many visitors were there and could take my time to see and read everything without having the feeling of being rushed.

There is a cafeteria if you want a snack or you forgot your lunch and a great gift shop as well. I would recommend this place for all ages young and old. When you pay for admission I believe you can get a remote and a translator device for many language for an extra $4 per person. My tour was a self guided one, but did stop and talk to staff along the way and asked questions. Not sure if the have guided tours during big groups or peak tourism season. You would have to check their web site for details.

Visited January 2013
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Quebec City, Canada
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“Great place!”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Our visit at tyrell Museum was fantastic!! Very great place to go, especially with familly. Very impressive dinosaures, personel was friendly and cool outside view. Anytime

Visited July 2012
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Dinosaurs galore”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

I was lucky enough to visit Drumheller and the museum in August 2012 with my Canadian wife and my in-laws. Its around a 2 hour drive from Calgary over flat countryside until you hit Drumheller where there is a valley and river. The museum itself is a bit out of town and you need a car to get to it. It is quite modern and very interesting with a wide variety of dinosaurs, I have attached a few photos to give people an idea. There was also an interesting one hour walk around the area outside the museum by a guide which I would recommend. The dining is fast food horriblus but eatable.

Visited August 2012
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“A Must”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

A great place to visit for all ages, extremly well thought out, dramatically presented, time lines clearly stated. Good staff. Helped me to understand and learn much more about dinosaurs and the different periods they lived in. Amazing reconstructions.

Visited November 2012
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