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“canada's exclusive palaeontology museum”
The Royal Tyrrell Museum is a Canadian tourist attraction and a centre of palaeontological research known for its collection of more than 130,000 fossils. Located 6 km (4 mi) northwest from Drumheller, Alberta and 135 km (84 mi) northeast from Calgary, the museum is situated in the middle of the fossil-bearing strata of the Late Cretaceous Horseshoe Canyon Formation and holds numerous specimens from the Alberta badlands, Dinosaur Provincial Park and the Devil's Coulee Dinosaur Egg Site. The Royal Tyrrell Museum is operated by Alberta's Ministry of Culture. More than 4,400 square metres (47,000 sq ft) of the museum's 11,200 square metres (121,000 sq ft) is dedicated to exhibits in a series of chronological galleries celebrating the 3.9-billion-year-history of life on Earth. One of the most popular is "Dinosaur Hall", with over 40 mounted dinosaur skeletons, including specimens of Tyrannosaurus rex, Albertosaurus, Stegosaurus and Triceratops. Other exhibits include "Lords of the Land", a gallery of some of the most dangerous theropods known from Alberta, "Burgess Shale", a diorama of dozens of creatures from Yoho National Park in British Columbia; "Devonian Reef", a life-size model of a 375-million-year old reef;[ the newly renovated "Cretaceous Garden", featuring representatives of the plants that lived in prehistoric Alberta, and "Age of Mammals" and "Ice Ages" which cover mammalian life in the Cenozoic. Dioramas painted by Vladimir Krb. Also on display is the "Triassic Giant", a 1,700 square feet (160 m2) specimen of the world's largest known marine reptile. The 21 metres (69 ft) long ichthyosaur Shastasaurus sikanniensis was recovered from the shores of the Sikanni Chief River in northeastern British Columbia by a team led by Elizabeth Nicholls, former curator of Marine Reptiles. This exhibit pays homage to the work of Nicholls, who died in 2004. In May 2017 the museum displayed an unusually well-preserved nodosaur. A window into the "Preparation Lab" allows visitors to watch technicians as they prepare fossils for research and exhibition. Additional offerings include guided and self-guided tours of the badlands, the hands-on "Science Hall" with interactive stations that introduce palaeontological concepts, simulated fossil digs, fossil casting, school programs and summer camps.
Wow, what a great museum. Many real and also a couple of replica fossils! Signs denote which are real. The space is perfectly curated and had many great explanations. If you have an extra day in... Read more
We decided to make a trip out to Drumheller during our visit to Calgary, specifically to visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum. I didn't know anything about Drumheller or the museum, so I literally had... Read more
During the said visit, my group didn't know that it is closed on Mondays. Instead of feeling disappointed, we walked at the view points and enjoyed the views. We got educated too. There are like... Read more
Royal Tyrrell Museum
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