It was back in 1884 that Joseph Burr Tyrrell discovered the skull of Albertosaurus near Drumheller, Alberta. His find sparked international interest among paleontologists, and the area has attracted dinosaur aficionados ever since. The Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology opened in 1985 to instant acclaim, and in 1990, Queen Elizabeth granted it "Royal" status. The building, which encompasses 11,200 square meters, has 35 complete dinosaur skeletons on display, the largest such assemblage in the world. The Museum offers far more than bones, however. It's packed with state-of-the-art multi-media displays and computer terminals where visitors can design their own dinosaurs or play simulation games. There are even a few live animals on display, including an unforgettable flock of giant tropical cockroaches and an unbelievably large millipede.
The Museum's programs extend far beyond its walls. As of 10/1/07, the museum provides over 20 hours each day of educational programming during the summer months as well as day and residential science camps offering fossil casting, hikes, prospecting and much more. During the winter months, the museum sponsors sleepovers in their Dinosaur Hall giving dinosaur enthusiasts the chance to catch some Zs with their favorite large critters.
For anyone who ever had an unrequited crush on a T. Rex, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology is a dream come true!
Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology
Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y0
Visit the Museum's Web site at: www.tyrrellmuseum.com