Province/Territory: Alberta

Dinosaurs Unearthed

  • 3.9 billion years of life on Earth explored
  • 01st feathered dinosaur in North America
  • 130,000 individual fossil specimens of plants and animals

Bring the prehistoric past back to life with an expedition to Alberta's premier attraction for all ages of budding palaeontologists - The Royal Tyrrell Museum near Drumheller, Alberta. Millions of years ago the landscape was immensely different. Huge land dinosaurs, massive sea creatures, thick tropical forests and tiny yet significant insects dominated the prolific area. Now they lay under crops and thick layers of sediment to slowly be discovered. The Tyrrell Museum is home to some of the most significant fossils on the planet—everything from a stunning Tyrannosaurus rex to a flying turtle to proof that some dinosaurs had feathers! Inside the museum thousands of fossils are displayed in realistic settings while outside on the trails, fossils tempt the palaeontologist who lead the hikes. The first fossil found here – the Albertosaurus sarcophagus - was found by a geologist looking for coal. Spend time in the Red Deer Valley to see how the two histories co-exist.

Why you should visit
  • See 200 million years of evolution go by in ten quick paces in the Terrestrial Palaeozoic exhibit. Try to design your own species on the interactive displays.
  • Witness the interaction of species as they battle for survival in the world’s largest collection of dinosaur skeletons in the breath-taking Dinosaur Hall.
  • See Canada’s largest collection of living prehistoric plants in the Cretaceous Garden, then watch as fossils are painstakingly preserved by palaeontologists in the lab.
  • Hike the badlands with a guide to see real dinosaur excavation sites.
  • Drive through the badlands to see spectacular vistas, beautiful plants, odd landscapes, coal mining relics and friendly ghost towns.
  • Climb to the top of the World’s Largest Dinosaur in the town of Drumheller.

Weather

  • No matter what time of year you visit, sunglasses are a must. This region of Alberta experiences more sunshine than any other part of Canada.
  • Summer days (May to August) are long with daytime temperatures reaching 30°C but cooling off in the evening. So always bring sun protection and a sweater.
  • Winters (December to March) are blanketed in a light layer of snow but still sunny with a daily average temperature of -9°C. Most precipitation comes in the spring as either snow or rain.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Hours and Admission Prices.
  • Closed Mondays during winter with reduced hours.
  • On-site food and beverage.
  • On-site gift shop.
  • Audio guides available in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German and Dutch.
When to go
  • July and August bring the warmest weather and the biggest crowds.
  • Beat the crowds by arriving early or during the summer, staying late.
  • Guided tours of the neighbouring trails available during summer season.
Need to know
  • Royal Tyrrell Museum is wheelchair accessible but most of the trails are not.
  • Complimentary manual wheelchairs and strollers that meet space restrictions are available for use inside the museum.
  • Playground for children in picnic area.
  • Arrive early and plan at least three hours for a thorough visit through the galleries.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and bring sun protection for the trails surrounding the museum.
Getting Here
  • Tucked into the badlands of Midland Provincial Park, 6 km northwest of Drumheller, Alberta.
  • Approximately 1.5 hour drive from Calgary (138 km).
  • Coach tours operate from Calgary and Edmonton all year long.
  • On-site parking for cars and RV’s.