Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller

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#1 of 118 in Museums in Alberta
Situated in one of the richest fossil-bearing belts in the world, Royal Tyrrell Museum offers you the chance to inspect over a hundred thousand fossilized remains. Observe 40 full skeletons and appreciate the enormous scale of the prehistoric creatures on display. The museum also offers programs, such as dig experiences out in the field; with hands-on explanations of the archaeological process, it’s a worthwhile learning experience for children. Be sure to check out the gift shop, which sells a diverse range of dinosaur paraphernalia. Put Royal Tyrrell Museum into our Drumheller sightseeing planning website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Stretch your legs from the annual Canadian Rockies 10 nights this year, went to the Royal Tyrrell Dinosaur Museum in Drumheller. 3rd time I started, my wife. Seems surprised at its size. It's about 3 hours from Lake Louise, Alberta. It's about an hour from Calgary. After the evening meal and recommend the best morning from open until 9. ASIC's and no waiting time. Can be in and out all day long. Badlands trail is recommended.
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  • Amazing museum. This was my third visit. I highly recommend visiting. There’s fun for all people, young and old.  more »
  • Firstly not open Mondays. This museum on dinosaurs is the most comprehensive I have ever been to. It is educational and captivating and one could easily spend a full day in the museum. Exhibits are wo...  more »
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  • Very cool place to spend a few hours if not the whole day. Everything was fascinating, and the employees who walk around and share facts and information add to the experience. The viewpoint across the road from the outdoor bathrooms and pond is worth the stairs. I wish we had planned more time for this visit as we barely got through the whole museum and gift shop, having arrived about 3.5 hours before close. The only downside we experienced is in the cafeteria, which I'm sure is not a concern for a decent portion of visitors. I'm sure that it is operating as efficiently as it could, we had 4 adults and 3 kids ordering various meals and side dishes and it was a bit of chaos making sure we got it all. The cafeteria was very slow at the time, only two other tables and they had selected items from the coolers to eat. Perhaps writing down orders would help ensure the process was a bit smoother. In the future we may just pack lunches instead or eat elsewhere before we arrive.
  • Wow! This place is amazing! Shout out to Clement who answered all of our questions and helped us with our dinosaur name pronunciation. We toured the museum in 2 shifts as we had bigger kids and little kids with us. It helped go in the early afternoon leave for supper and a swim in the hotel pool and then return in the evening. Love that the museum is open until 9pm.
  • This is the second time we've visited. Unfortunately some sections were under renovation. It's still an awesome museum for the whole family. Especially since our kids are in the Dinosaur stage. I wasn't as in awe as before but I still remember the first time I visited where I just had to take several pictures of each display. I expect that other first-timers would be the same way. It's still nice though as I was a bit more relaxed this time. Just outside the museum, there was an elevated viewpoint and the Badlands Interpretive Trail. Visited May 2016
  • Great Place to really learn about all the life on the planet and not just dinosaurs. They have a great selection of fossils, casts and my favorite parts are the animated scenes. Great attention to detail. And the information boards are good for anyone and everyone due to their simplicity yet comprehensiveness. Definitely would recommend.
  • Fantastic experience. Always worth the drive from Calgary! So much to see; very well laid out displays. Beautiful museum. Highly educational. Our German guests used the German audio guide and loved it. Good stuff for kids in the gift shop as well. Great day trip.

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Where to stay in Drumheller

If you want to embrace the town's Jurassic obsession, stay in a fun--if somewhat tacky--dinosaur-themed hotel. Most of the town's accommodations sit along the main roads of South Dinosaur Trail and Railway Avenue East, with a few budget-friendly motels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, and cabins to the north of the river.
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