Alberta, Canada ~ Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

August 4th ~ Drumheller, Alberta

“Black Beauty” – an original T. rex ~ 67 million years, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta

We decided to tell about our day hunting dinosaurs in two parts – where they are found, and where they are on display. In case you missed the first part of the story, you can click here to read about how we spent our morning visiting the Badlands and the Dinosaur Provincial Park..

When we finished up our tour at the Dinosaur Park, we made ourselves a quick lunch and headed toward the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller so we could see more bones…

I think this is how Canada says, “Brake for snakes”

Lush farming communities along the route

It is a 2 and a half hour drive between the two places, but if you start out early, you have plenty of time to get both places covered in the same day. It helps that the Royal Tyrrell is open until 9:00 pm and has a cafe on site where you can grab some dinner.

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Entrance to Royal Tyrrell Museum

This place is enormous, and has a fantastic display of a large number of different dinosaur bones, many of which are entire skeletons. I can remember when our son went through a stage as a youngster where he loved dinosaurs.

I know he would have been in awe way back then, perhaps even still today…

What a greeting!

Pachycephalosaurus – 67 million years, South Dakota

Brachylophosaurus canadensis – 77 million years, Milk River, Alberta

Original T. rex skull

Research and preservation room

A time line

A pair of Dimetrodon

Tim is 6’1″ to give you some scale for these dinosaur leg bones

Stegosaurus ~ 155-145 million years ago, Utah, USA

Confuciusornis ~ 125-120 million years ago, China

Chasmosaurus ~ 75-74.5 million years ago, Dinosaur Provincial Park

Euoplocephalus ~ 77 million years ago, Dinosaur Provincial Park

Gorgosaurus ~ 77-75.5 million years ago, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta

Gryposaurus ~ 77-75 Million years ago, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta

Anchiceratops ornatus ~ 72 million years ago, Red Deer River Valley, Alberta

Gorgosaurus standing over Centrosaurus

A variety of different fossils/skeletons/bones

Champsosaurs – resemble crocodiles, but from an extinct group

Tyrannosaurus rex ~ 67-66 Million years ago, Huxley, Alberta

I got a little closer to his head. Those teeth!!!

Pachyrhinosaurus ~ 73 million years ago, Grande Prairie, Alberta

Hypacrosaurus ~ 71-68.5 million years ago, Drumheller, Alberta

Ankylosaurus ~ 67-66 million years ago, Tolman Bridge, Alberta

Triceratops ~ 67-66 million years ago, Montana, USA

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And to bring things more current:

Sabre-tooth cat ~ Rancho la Brea, California

Mammoth ~ arrived from Asia 100,000 years ago, Wisconsin, USA

If you have kids, or are a kid-at-heart, I highly recommend a visit!

Can you guess where our day ended? Well, all the nearby parks were full, we were tired, and had been wanting to try this out, sooooo, we had our very first stay at Wal-Mart.

Ellie Mae and Jethro were right at home

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that we got to complete the dinosaur story from start to finish; from where they have been found in abundance, to where they have been preserved, reconstructed and put on display for all of us to enjoy.

NEXT STOP: CALGARY

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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19 Responses to Alberta, Canada ~ Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

  1. Did you notice the aquatic salamander display? When my husband I retired we donated our axolotl colony to them and they are on display somewhere in there. One of my favorite places! A great combination of good science, great public relations and value for the dollar. Plus when we visited to drop off the axolotls, they gave us a behind the scenes tour and donated a bunch of tickets to a large family of newly arrived dirt poor refugees we had become friends with so this entire family could come and see everything as well. I so want to go again!

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    • I’m sorry to say that we did not see the salamander display. What fascinates me about the axoloti is their ability to regenerate body parts – including their brain! What a wonderful thing you did in donating your colony where they can be studied and also hopefully aid in them not going extinct.

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      • They pretty much are extinct in the wild due to habitat destruction but there are a lot of place that have them as pets and there are a couple of axolotl colonies left int he USA so if the habitat can ever be restored they will hopefully still be around.

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  2. mike alesko says:

    So are all or most of these the original bones and not just reconstructions? I can hardly imagine these guys being found intact.

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  3. tippysmom2 says:

    Such a cool museum. I know lots of kids, and adults, who would love to see this. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait until I have the time to check out the posts I have missed for the last week or so.

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  4. Anabel Marsh says:

    Great pictures! What I loved about this museum was that you could enjoy it at different levels: from small children who just wanted to see dinosaurs to experts (I imagine – there was a lot of detailed info). I fall somewhere in between and learned a lot. It was also very well laid out with a clear route.

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  5. Widdershins says:

    We didn’t have time to get to see this, so it’s great to see it through your eyes. 😀 … definitely on our next trip east of the Rockies. 😀

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  6. artemisa99 says:

    Looks like fun! Great pictures!

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  7. I love this place and as you mentioned, it’s great for people of all ages. The snake sign is funny…Canadian politeness in all its wordy glory.

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  8. Terry says:

    So how was the night at Wal*Mart, slumming it?

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