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Dinosaur Valley

Today is gonna be a day full of education and fun! Well I like to think so.

Welcome to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, one of the most respected research and display facilities in the world, and home to loads of dinosaurs. Located in Drumheller, Alberta, this museum is a must for anyone visiting the badlands since it’s where you’ll see the most actual dinosaurs!

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Now I know museums might not be everyone cup of tea, but there is just something about seeing such powerful creatures in person that will grab even the non-dino fans attention. Not only that, but there are hundreds, if not thousands of different types of fossils on display, plus loads of information and fun activities for the kids.

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The jewel of the museum, Black Beauty, with one of the best preserved T-Rex skulls in the world! Not a bad find for two high school students out fishing.

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Dinosite

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If you end up visiting the museum during the high season, which is April-Sept, there are a variety of outdoor interactive programs they offer to take you out into the badlands. Since I was feeling adventurous I decided to go on a Dinosite, which was a program to prospect for fossils and investigate real dinosaur remains.

Ideally I would have liked to go on The Dig Experience, which was more of an actual excavation of dinosaur bones, like what real paleontologists do, but alas, we arrived one week too late and they had already finished up that program, oh well.

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In the end Dinosite was okay, fun for kids and I did learn lots, it just wasn’t the thrill seeking adventure in the badlands I was hoping for. I did find some dinosaur fossils, amber and petrified wood. Pretty cool!

 

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4 Comments

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    JonathanT
    September 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Definitely something I want to see whenever I get out to AB. I’ve been a dinosaur fan all my life, I don’t care if some of it’s for kids or not, I’d enjoy it all the same. :)

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    Zack
    November 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Awesome Place. Haven’t been there in many years. Always been fun

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    Ingvild
    November 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Wow. I still cannot believe how something THAT old can still survive. Fossils have always fascinated me, it’s incredible how well the bones are preserved! I really want to go to Canada someday, and when I do I’ll definitely make sure to stop by at that museum! :)

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    Christina Humphries
    November 11, 2011 at 10:34 am

    wow! that was magnificent!

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