The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Drumheller, Alberta
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1420 North Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada
  • Drumheller is located about 90 minutes from Calgary, through the badlands of the Canadian Prairies, and it is most definitely worth the drive

    • by Jessie Bahrey
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      Most museums seek to entertain as well as educate visitors; some are more extensive than others, some have cooler exhibits, and some specialize in one era or one type of artifact. The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada, is known as ‘the Dinosaur Museum’, and it certainly specializes in dinosaur fossils and information.

      Dinosaurs, of course, are a huge draw for museum goers, and this museum does not disappoint.


      It is laid out in a people friendly way, so that one can travel through millions of years of artifacts in a chronological manner, which for me made everything easier to understand and fit together for a look at the ‘big picture’ of earth’s history.

      Drumheller is located about 90 minutes from Calgary, through the badlands of the Canadian Prairies, and it is most definitely worth the drive.

      En route, one can ...


      • stop and see the foothills where many dinosaur fossils have been unearthed.

        For me, what makes the Royal Tyrrell unique among museums is that many of the fossils on display are from the surrounding areas.

        I was amazed at the richness of the fossil finds very near to the museum, and there are details on just where they were located.

        I have never been to a museum before that was practically built on

        an ongoing excavation site.

        It is a great place to take kids of all ages.

        And as a bonus, when you leave, take a drive north of town on North Dinosaur Trail.

        After about 10 minutes, you will come to a small sign that reads ‘Clam Beds’; turn onto this road, and you will come to a vast area where you can dig up fossilized clams, and keep them as souvenirs-your own little prehistoric artifacts!




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