The Royal Tyrrell Museum is a Canadian center of palaeontological research that is most famous for its massive collection of fossils. Currently housing more than 125,000 fossil vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, and other geologic specimens, the museum’s collections are among the most extensive in the world. There are ten signature galleries entirely devoted to paleontology — including 40 complete dinosaur skeletons. As an active scientific research facility, the museum is able to grow its collections annually (they add about 2,000 specimens each year). Some featured exhibits include ‘Lords of the Land,’ which highlights the museum’s most rare, fragile, and scientifically significant pieces; the ‘Preparation Lab,’ where locally found fossils are prepared by the museum’s technicians for research and display; and ‘Ice Age,’ where woolly mammoths, mastodons, and saber-toothed cats rule.
A visit to the museum is a dinosaur-lover’s dream, and an attraction that the whole family will enjoy. Insider’s Tip: plan your visit early in the day, as the parking lot gets full and the museum gets really busy with families. Did you know: The unusual landscape where the Royal Tyrrell museum is located was carved from melting glacier water more than 10,000 years ago. You can explore the badlands surrounding the museum from several trails that begin just outside the main entrance.
Give yourself 2-3 hours for a thorough visit of all the museum has to offer. Parking is free of charge, and during the summer there is a shuttle that can take mobility challenged visitors to the museum’s entrance from the parking lot. The museum is located in Midland Provincial Park, which is a day-use only park (though there are campsites and hotels nearby).