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Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller
(4.8/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web)
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 at the forefront of your travel plans using our Drumheller tourist route planner.
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  • Whether you go wander the trails for real Dino bones or teeth, or whether you go inside, you will be amazed at everything you see. They have done a great job bringing dinos to life and meaningful to p...  more »
  • Fantastic museum. Something for all ages. Can be quite busy in the summer. A little out of the way but well worth the drive. 
  • I found the museum a bit overwhelming. A lot to see and a lot to read. Children were running from exhibit to exhibit but to appreciate it properly I'd almost recommend not going with children or impat...  more »
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  • This is a world class museum, it's a must-see for anyone visiting the area, and you should really evaluate your life choices if you live in Alberta and you've never seen it. I've been a fan of dinosaurs since I was a kid, and now I bring my own kids here usually at least once a year. The coolest thing is they have a T-rex skeleton in the sandbox at the playground. It's like they have so many dinosaur skeletons here, they're just tossing them out into the sandbox for the kids to play with!
  • What a fantastic Museum! We went with our kids (ages 3 and 1) and the grandparents and we all loved it. It was breathtaking. I was fascinated with not only the visual display but with what I learned reading about the big bang, evolution and the different eras of life. They have themed rooms such as the ocean room with a clear floor and sounds to mimic underwater.The displays of dinosaurs, sound effects and plant life are fantastic and give you a feel of what it was like back then. Will be back for sure!
  • The Tyrrell is a must see when you visit Alberta. It's just a 90 minute drive from Calgary. The museum is a complete research facility with an excellent set of large displays organized by period. There are full size dinosaur skeletons of many different types. Many are very large and photogenic. You should allow for several hours. You can look through windows at the research area. The museum is adjacent to large regional "badlands" area where river action has created a huge canyon. It is there that literally tons of fossils have been found, studied, and reassembled. In the summer, tourist crowds, many from the orient can be large, but the place is still quite accessible I've found. Across town, you'll see the "World's Largest Dinosaur", a huge multistory replica in which you can climb to the observation area high up in the dinosaur's mouth. Drumheller has been labelled the "Dinosaur Capital of the World."
  • I visit occasionally to bring my two young sons who love dinosaurs. They love getting to roam around looking at dinosaurs, whether skeleton or model. Added bonuses are the live displays: 3 spiders, rainforest cockroaches, and a softshell snapping turtle named Shelly. I'm not much of a fan of dinosaurs myself but I love museums and learning things. There is plenty of educational material to keep me entertained, in a combination of formats: signs, videos, audio (with the option to rent an inexpensive audio guide). The museum has recently added a few more interactive displays; though geared toward older kids, the ones we tried out in the newly opened Foundations exhibit were fun. There was a globe to spin and watch the continents form; a stacking puzzle of time periods; a paleontology investigative table; and short movies to watch. Parking is free. Only service dogs are allowed in the museum and there's no shade in the parking lot, so don't leave pets in the car. The cafeteria is reasonably priced but you are welcome to bring your own lunch and eat in the seating area. In the summer, there is a large patio, as well as 5 picnic tables beside the playground. They get taken quickly though and during the summer days I've been there, the ground was muddy so I didn't want to sit on the grass. The playground is lots of fun but easily gets over run by big kids so keep a close eye on your little ones. Disappointingly, the sand pit for excavating the dinosaur fossil doesn't have any shovels or buckets. The Badlands Interpretive Loop is an easy 1 km gravel path through the hoodoos, so it's interesting and worth doing. Bring water in the summer, it can get very hot.
  • Royal Tyrrel is definitely one of the best museums I have visited - ever! I find it fascinating their exhibits, the way they tell the story along millions and millions of years, the big T Rex showed in the beginning, even the replicas they have made. All amazing!