This is absolutely worth a short (about 1 1/2 hours, maybe a bit less) drive from Calgary (about 3 1/2 hours from Edmonton). It is worth every single mile of driving time, and every single penny of admission. Our entire family - 2 adults, 2 kids aged 12 and 9 - thoroughly enjoyed it. The drive first of all was lovely -- we went in mid-July 2008 (July 14/08 to be exact) and the canola was all over the fields in its bright yellow glory. The yellow canola, the blue sky, the green grass and some purple plant made for a very scenic and attractive drive. We stopped at Horseshoe Canyon along the way -- AMAZING!! Make sure a stop there is part of your visit to the Royal Tyrrell. The museum itself is wonderful - absolutely world-class and must be seen. Our children saw a lot on their big Alberta vacation, but the Tyrrell Museum was a highlight without a doubt. We all came away a litle more informed, and also feeling a little less significant in the whole big picture of evolution. Food for thought for sure! The museum has a nice section near the beginning that has big glass windows showing the labs and people working on the fossils - really cool to see. For the children, however, nothing tops seeing the big dinosaurs tower over them! Save some time to walk to the trails outside if you can. And save a bit of money to purchase something from the gift shop, too.
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