Experience Grande Prairie
As we hotfoot it over to our next stop at the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum (PJC) take a moment to cool your heels at Grande Prairie Museum and Heritage Discovery Centre. In the museum, the “Bones and Stones” exhibit features a replica archaeological dig site of the Edmontosaurus and aboriginal artefacts; Robert Cochrane collected the specimen featured in the exhibit in the 1950’s. Other gallery displays and exhibits include prehistoric stone artefacts used by Aboriginal people to settle this area, transportation artefacts, including a replica train station, and military displays.
A hop, skip and jump from the Grand Prairie Museum will take us over to the Heritage Discovery Centre. It portrays the history of the Peace Region from the Mesozoic Era, through to the last Ice Age, the Aboriginal and Metis settlement, the arrival of pioneers and the subsequent development of local resources. An animatronic model of a Pachyrhinosaurus called ‘Piper’ and a replica of a Pachyrhinosaurus skull are of interest to dinosaur enthusiasts. A number of other fossils are also on display, including some that are on loan from the local college. A program area is available for hands-on learning experiences.
Both sites are in Muskoseepi Park in Grande Prairie and are open year-round, 7 days a week. Please contact the museum for hours of operation for specific holidays.