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“Ancient history”

Fundy Geological Museum
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Parrsboro
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Travel back in time 200 million years to see Canada's oldest dinosaur bones found on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Learn about the world's highest tides, ancient animals and geological events from the Carboniferous through Jurassic periods. Gems, minerals, and fossils, there's something for everyone. Peer into the Fossil Research Lab and talk to the Museum Staff about the latest fossil or mineral discoveries. Beach Tours offered throughout the summer and fall.
Halifax, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Ancient history”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

I visited with my grandson in June 2011. It has significantly improved and makes for a fascinating visit with the right company.

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Ottawa, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Great geology walks!”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

This is a small museum that provides a good introduction to the geology of the area. There is an interesting presentation of continental drift on a "time machine". Kids seemed to both love it and get it! For us, the highlight was the daily geology walks with Ken, the curator and his students. These walks were relaxed and interesting as Ken imparted his deep knowledge of and passion for the area. We learned a lot! Highly recomended!!

Visited July 2012
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Greenwood, Ns
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“worth the drive”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

Very well put together little museum for rock-hounds and fossil hunters. Some good interactive exhibits, plus lots of detail about the Parrsboro area from a geological stand point.

Visited July 2012
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Halifax, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Just not that interesting or educational.”
Reviewed May 20, 2012

After driving nearly 2.5 hours from Halifax to a museum which advertises itself with dinosaurs on it's posters, we found it sadly lacking in dinosaurs.

There is only one skeleton, and it's a replica, and not very big or impressive.

My dino obsessed four year old was more interested in the rusty swings and seesaw out front.

The staff were excellent and engaging, a highlight of the day.

If you happen to be in Parrsboro for some reason it is a cheap way to spend 30-45min, just don't waste the gas and time to travel there.

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Ken A, Manager at Fundy Geological Museum, responded to this review, May 24, 2012
IrishPeacOck:

Thank you for your review. As noted in my response to our very first TripAdvisor review replicas are traditionally found in a number of museums around the world, when the actual specimens are too fragile to go on display. The replica in our gallery is of an early plant eater called Plateosaurus engelhardti, and this "skeleton" can also be seen on display at a number of sites, including the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario.

There are a number of fossilized dinosaur bones on display in the gallery, and others can be viewed through a window looking in to our laboratory where the specimens are prepared. Unfortunately the real bones that have been excavated from the cliffs in our area were deposited in sediments that were deformed during the break up of Pangea. The bones are crushed and faulted, and could never be re-assembled in the same manner as the beautifully articulated skeletons (real and replicas) from the Late Jurassic and Cretaceous that are display elsewhere.

Nova Scotia's dinosaurs roamed the central portions of the super continent of Pangea over 200 million years ago. While they cannot compete in size with the more well known animals that appear in the fossil record 100 to 135 million years later, they are the oldest ones found in Canada. If they had not survived a major extinction event at the Triassic/Jurassic boundary 200 million years ago the dinosaur story we tell today could have been very different. Many of our visitors are being introduced to a new group of dinosaurs, which are related to the much larger animals that 4-year old's are more familiar with.

The museum gallery exhibits and our programs are intended to introduce the general public to half a billion years of our geological heritage, which does indeed include our dinosaurs. For many of our visitors the museum gallery is the beginning point for their exploration of our region, and an experience that keeps them returning to learn about the stories told by the rocks, fossil and minerals found in the cliffs along our shore.

Ken Adams
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Halifax, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
283 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Educational museum for all ages.”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

This would be a good school trip - educational, as well as lovely location in Parrsboro to observe the incredible Fundy Tides. A little restaurant located close by that serves pretty good seafood is a nice advantage of the location.

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