Royal Tyrrell Museum

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If you’re traveling with "Jurassic World"-minded children, you should consider a day trip to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in the rugged Canadian Badlands near the town of Drumheller, about an hour and a half from Calgary.

The badlands hold some of the richest deposits of dinosaur fossils in the world. The museum is named for Joseph Burr Tyrrell, a geologist who discovered Albertosaurus sarcophagus, a fierce meat-eating cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex, while searching for coal seams along the Red Deer River. Still encased in hard rock it is displayed in the Lords of the Land exhibit.

<i>Albertosaurus sarcophagus</i> skeletons dating from around 69 million years ago displayed in the Cretaceous Alberta exhibit - Courtesy of The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology
Various displays of skeletons and other remains in the Dinosaur Hall exhibit - Courtesy of The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology

With display areas the size of a football field, the museum contains more than 130,000 fossils, with more than 800 on permanent display. Thirty articulated skeletons stand in Dinosaur Hall, along with reconstructions of large plant-eaters such as triceratops and camarasaurus.

Guided hikes are offered through the sandstone hoodoo rocks. You can watch paleontologists at work in the lab, take part in a fossil search, learn digging techniques on a realistic excavation site and create a fossil cast to take home as a souvenir.

The museum operates an intensive collection and research program in paleontology, and new specimens are found each year in nearby Dinosaur Provincial Park.

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