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What’s So Good About the Alberta Badlands?

Find out at Canada’s dinosaur museum, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.

Whether you’re five or 75, you probably think dinosaurs are fascinating creatures. You can see dinosaur skeletons in museums around the world, but the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta is unique. It’s situated in the heart of the rugged badlands, carved out 10,000 to 15,000 years ago by melting glaciers that exposed the sediments of the Late Cretaceous. That geologic period ended with a mass extinction 66 million years ago.

Alberta has the greatest diversity of dinosaur species on the planet. The badlands of Alberta contain countless fossils — from microscopic pollen to some of the mightiest dinosaurs. Through their fossils, the Museum scientists are able to gather more evidence to fully understand the environment to complete a picture of an ancient world. It is the only museum in Canada to be entirely devoted to the research and display of plant and animal life based on the fossil record and one of the largest palaeontology museums in the world.

The Museum experience begins from the moment you drop into the incredible Drumheller valley. Surrounded by hillsides that reveal remarkable treasures of the past, the building is situated right where dinosaurs used to roam. The galleries take you on a journey through time starting with the small creatures of the Burgess Shale in their underwater environment, see the remains of the world’s largest ichthyosaur (a marine reptile), wander through the Cretaceous Garden to see what Alberta looked like during the Age of Dinosaurs, and of course, be amazed at the 40 mounted dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes in the grand Dinosaur Hall. Be sure to give yourself at least two to three hours to go through the galleries.

There’s always something to look forward to at the Museum, including a new exhibit that opens in mid-May 2017. Grounds for Discovery is about the incredible fossils that have been discovered during industrial activities during recent years, and the workers who found them. This exhibit will also introduce a new type of almost perfectly preserved armoured dinosaur discovered in northern Alberta in 2011.

There’s a lot to explore outside the building as well. Take your own interpretive hike through the badlands along the one-kilometre trail just outside the Museum entrance, or participate in one of the many programs that are offered in the summer, suitable for all ages. For example, you can take a guided hike, dig in a realistic quarry, hold and discover real fossils or create a fossil replica that is yours to keep.

Discover your own adventure at tyrrellmuseum.com.

Hours:

October 1 – May 14
Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays, except holiday Mondays
May 15 – August 31
9 a.m. – 9 p.m. seven days a week, including holidays
September 1 – 30
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. seven days a week

 

Pricing:

Adult (18 – 64)
$18 (One-Day)
$27 (Two-Day)
Senior (65+)
$14 (One-Day)
$21 (Two-Day)
Youth (7 – 17)
$10 (One-Day)
$15 (Two-Day)
Children (6 and under)
Free

   
www.tyrrellmuseum.com
Toll free in Alberta
310-0000 then 403-823-7707
Toll free in North America (outside Alberta)
1-888-440-4240
Outside North America
403-823-7707
Highway 838 Midland Provincial Park
Drumheller, Alberta Canada T0J 0Y0

 

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