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Experience Royal Tyrrell Museum: Facts about the Museum

Visitors to the Royal Tyrrell Museum will have some new exhibits and some new territory to explore in 2019 as the 34-year-old facility prepares to open a $9 million expansion.

The expansion was approved in 2016 and makes space for more displays, student education, and other improved facilities for the more than 450,000 visitors annually.

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The expansion project, described as being on time and on budget, will add about 1,900 m 2 giving more space for the distance learning center, a handson discovery room as well as additional classroom and laboratory space. It also includes a large multi-purpose room that can be used for programming and conferences. In addition, this work will also provide for accessible washrooms, including a family rest area as well as a gender-neutral bathroom.

Facts about The Royal Tyrrell Museum

The Royal Tyrrell Museum is located 6 km west of Drumheller, just off Hwy 9. (See map pg 36)

Ranked as one of the top palaeontology museums in the world, the Royal Tyrrell Museum opened in September 1985. Figures for 2018 show The Royal Tyrrell Museum welcomed more than 450,000 visitors, delivered public programs to over 35,000 participants, presented more than 1000 school programs to almost 30,000 students, delivered 185 programs remotely to over 6000 participants through distance learning studios and also launched a museum gallery tour app in six languages.

The Royal Tyrrell, open year round, is reasonably accessible to everyone. The museum is located in the heart of the Canadian Badlands at Drumheller – about a 90 minute drive northeast of Calgary, and about a 3 hour trip southeast from Edmonton.

Along with reasonable admission rates for adults, seniors and youth, the facility offers free parking. Other visitor amenities include wheelchairs and strollers, a cafeteria and gift shop. With so much to see, it is highly recommended that you plan on a minimum two to three hour visit. For further information visit tyrrellmuseum.com