Must Visit: Royal Tyrrell Museum

As young professionals, continuously expanding our knowledge is just part of what we do. For that weekend when you are looking for a new adventure, but want to learn a thing or two along the way, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is just the place to check out. 

Did you know that Alberta has one of the richest deposits of fossils and dinosaur bones in North America? The Royal Tyrrell Museum, located in Drumheller, is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the science of paleontology. In addition to housing one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs, the Museum offers a wide variety of creative, fun, and educational programs that bring the prehistoric past to life.

Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Badlands in Midland Provincial Park, the museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, presentation, and interpretation of palaeontological history, with special reference to Alberta’s rich fossil heritage.

The museum has nine ever-evolving galleries that highlight some of the most rare, fragile, and scientifically significant pieces from the Museum’s collection. The museum even has a rare blackened T-Rex skull nicknamed “Black Beauty” on display.

After checking out the museum, there are several hiking trails to take advantage of as you explore the unusual landscape, including the Drumheller area hoodoos, which are striking geological formations that have become internationally recognized icons of Alberta’s Badlands. Curious about the history? The museum also offers guided hiking tours of the area. 

So grab some friends, pack a picnic and see for yourself what the Alberta Badlands are all about.

Photo courtesy Royal Tyrrell Museum