Royal Tyrrell Museum is a popular Canadian tourist
attraction and a leading centre of palaeontological research noted for its
collection of more than 120,000 fossils.
Alberta and from Calgary, the museum
is situated in the middle of the fossil-bearing strata of the
Late Cretaceous Horseshoe Canyon
Formation and holds numerous specimens from Dinosaur
Provincial Park and the Devil's Coulee Dinosaur Egg Historic Nest Site.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum is operated by Alberta's Ministry of Culture and Community
. The museum's mission is to "collect, preserve, research
and interpret palaeontological history with special reference to
Alberta’s fossil heritage".
The museum is named in honour of Joseph Burr Tyrrell
, a geologist who
discovered the first dinosaur in the Red Deer River Valley in 1884.
The Museum opened September 25, 1985 and was given "Royal" status
by Queen Elizabeth
in 1990. Bruce Naylor was the Director of the Royal Tyrrell
Museum from 1992 until his death in April 2007. Under his
direction, an ambitious exhibit renewal program was established —
with of brand new gallery space completed in 2006–2007 alone.
In its first year of operation, the Museum attracted over 500,000
visitors. The average annual number of visitors is approximately
Collections and exhibits
More than of the museum's is dedicated to exhibits in a series of
chronological galleries celebrating the 3.9 billion year history of
life on Earth. One of the most popular is "Dinosaur Hall", with
almost 40 mounted dinosaur skeletons, including specimens of
. Other exhibits include
"Lords of the Land"; "Burgess Shale", a diorama of dozens of
creatures from Yoho National
Park in British Columbia; "Devonian Reef", a
life-size model of a 375 million year old reef;
a "Cretaceous Garden", with over 600 living species of plants, and
"Age of Mammals" and "Ice Ages" which cover mammalian life in the
"Triassic Giant" is a long specimen of the largest
known marine reptile. The long ichthyosaur Shonisaurus sikanniensis was recovered from
the shores of the Sikanni Chief River in northeastern British
Columbia by a team
led by Elizabeth Nicholls, former
curator of Marine Reptiles.
This exhibit pays homage to the
work of Nicholls, who died in 2004.
A window into the "Preparation Lab" allows visitors to watch
technicians as they carefully prepare fossils for research and
exhibition. Additional offerings include guided and self-guided
tours of the badlands
, the hands-on "Nexen
Science Hall" with interactive stations that introduce important
palaeontological concepts, simulated fossil digs, fossil casting,
school programs, summer camps for both children and families, and
much, much more.
is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of
Image:cleaning fossil.jpg|Cleaning and preparing a fossil at the
museumImage:the story of life.jpg|A detail of The Story of Life
, mural sculpted by
Canadian artist Lorraine Malach, just inside the museum's
entranceImage:Drumheller 150.jpg|An exhibit of Albertosaurus
MuseumFile:Konglong2.jpg|Royal Tyrrell MuseumFile:Royal Tyrrell
Museum- Alberta Canada.jpg|Royal Tyrell MuseumFile:Drumheller
- The Canadian Encyclopedia