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“Excellent museum”

Royal Tyrrell Museum
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Canadian Badlands Day Trip from Calgary
Ranked #1 of 31 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.
Reviewed September 28, 2013

Wet his is an awesome museum for all ages. It's interactive and well laid out. Very easy to get around and plenty of outside space. I would recommend the Royal Tyrell Museum!

Thank Tricia C
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

We went to this museum on several occasions both with adult friends and family with children aged 6 to 16. It is an excellent museum with many examples of dinosaurs, bones and typical flora of the time. Be sure to sign up with the kids for some of the activities like digging for bones. Do that right after arrival so you know what time your desired activity is and can plan accordingly. I also believe you can go online and see what activities are offered ahead of time. Food is available at the museum, but also throughout the town. There is also a great little gift shop, although a little pricy if you are buying things for several kids. There are numerous small souvenirs available to make everyone happy. We uses our AMA or CAA card and got an admission discount, and also on one occasion purchased a family admission price which was quite reasonable.

Thank Beth D
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Although I can't see very young children enjoying this much, for anyone else it is extremely worth while! So much thought was put into the lay out, organizing the history throughout time, very interactive for everyone to enjoy! If you're anywhere near here, take the time to really go through this place.....amazing!

1  Thank DannieCade
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

nothing much to do in this museum. the admission cost is not worth it. even the long drive to this small town is not worth it. you'll just need an hour or two max in this museum. never go if dinosaurs bore you.

1  Thank fortmac_eric
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tyrrell_marketing, Public Relations Manager at Royal Tyrrell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2013


Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a chance to visit again, we will soon have some exciting specimens on display that were found in your area.

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Reviewed September 22, 2013

In every respect, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is world-class. Even the website, www.tyrrellmuseum.com, which is fantastic, did not overstate the attractions. We travelled all the way from Vancouver to Drumheller just to spend three days at the Museum, and it was worth every minute.

It is a dream destination for Palaeontologists, with a wealth of original fossils and casts you won't find anywhere else in the world. The centre is breath-taking, with 3D dioramas so realistic you'd swear you were underwater or in a primordial forest.

Everything, from the outside - the restaurant, gardens, guided walks - to the exhibits inside, have been carefully considered and presented in the finest detail. Particularly engrossing are the "Lords of the Land" in which the fossils have been framed in gold and velvet, like the works of art they are, and the astounding "Burgess Shale". I never realised fossils could be so beautiful.

The visitor walks through exhibits of representing time scales, and if you thought ancient creatures are boring you will be amazed at how life-like these appear, as they were in life and in their death throes.

The Museum was very busy, even though school vacations were over, and there were visitors from all around the world, both scientists and ordinary families. Some parents allowed their children to run around screaming, which was irritating, but even that could not distract from the quality of the exhibits.

The Museum shop offers good books and branded clothing, but the rest of merchandise is not what I would call art, and perhaps not quite the high quality you would expect. (However, it does cater to tourists looking for affordable momentoes.) If you want to buy fossils, you would need to go into Drumheller to one of the dealers.

Most photos will not do the Museum justice - you have to see it for yourself.

1  Thank Chez-Mob
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