Before there was Jurassic Park, there was the Royal Tyrell Museum, smack dab in the middle of the Alberta Badlands, dinosaur country. The sheer magnitude and quality of the exhibits in this museum will earn a hearty nod of approval from even the pickiest paleontologist. But let’s face it, dinosaurs are just freaking cool, whether you are a scientist or a toddler. The Tyrrell knows this, and doesn’t disappoint with its exhibits and activities. They don’t just have static exhibits but lots of hands on activities like fossil casting, archeological digs, even hikes on the museum grounds to explain how the skeletons were preserved. So whether you are a geologist or simply a kid who likes to dig in the sandbox, you will love this. The museum will take you 2-3 hours to go through not including any addtional activities or classes you might want to sign up for.
Be sure to check the website for activities on any given day. Some have agen limits, some require prebooking and have an additional fee. We did the fossil casting and it was a great way for the kids to learn about science in a hands on way and have a souvenir to take home from their visit. It books up quickly during busy times of year so try and prebook on line before you get there