Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
Drumheller, Alberta Canada

The Royal Tyrrell Museum is a museum and a centre of palaeontological research known for its collection of more than 130,000 fossils. The museum is located in southern Alberta and situated in the middle of the fossil-bearing strata of the Late Cretaceous Horseshoe Canyon Formation and holds numerous specimens from the Alberta badlands, Dinosaur Provincial Park and the Devil's Coulee Dinosaur Egg Site. It also holds specimens from all over the world.

More than 47,000 sq ft of the museum's 121,000 sq ft 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 over 40 mounted dinosaur skeletons, including specimens of Tyrannosaurus rex, Albertosaurus, Stegosaurus and Triceratops.

A window into the "Preparation Lab" allows visitors to watch technicians as they prepare fossils for research and exhibition.

Driving around the town of Drumheller we see dinosaur statues in front of most businesses. They are painted various colors. It is hard to keep my eyes on the road.

We took about 100 pictures in the museum; don't worry I'll only show a few!


The dinosaur in front of the Post Office. (Canadian mail boxes on the street are red; hence a red dinosaur.)

Batdinosaur!

The museum entrance.

When you first enter the museum you see models of dinosaurs with skin. After leaving this small room you only see bones and more bones.
All of the walls throughout the museum have murals to go with the exhibits in front of them.


Like this skull - All of the exhibits are well documented and make for interesting reading.
I enlarged the poster which Terry is reading and cut it into the following three pictures.


All exhibits give the fossil's name, age, period, and where it was found.
Also if the fossil is original, a casting, or a composite. Some also give the date it was found.


This worker is removing soil from a fossil. In back of her is a diagram showing how the fossils are collected.

One of my many errors. I did not take a picture of the 8 steps.
When a fossil is discovered, the earth on top of it and around its sides is carefully removed.
A fiberglass looking material is placed over and around the fossil.
A plaster cast is poured over the fiberglass and left to set.
They then dig deeper around the fossil until they feel they are well below it.
Step 6: They cut under the fossil.
Step 7 & 8: They turn it over and send it to the lab to have the remaining earth removed.


This is a foot which is about 24 inches long. It is mainly original with several castings to replace missing or broken bones.
I forgot to take a picture of the discription!


This T-REX was found and uncovered as shown in this display. Most fossils are not found completely intact. A picture was taken and the fossil was removed and brought back to the lab. It was then set into the present wall to reflect the scene from the original picture. The head weighed too much so a composite head was used. The real head is in the lower right of the exhibit.

This is another interesting and different exhibit. I'll let the next two pictures explain.



The next one was so interesting I forgot to take a picture!


Its head (3 feet high and 2 feet wide) was mounted comming out of the wall. It really looked mean. Guess where it was found?

Who knew?

The next two pictures will explain this.





There were many more exhibits, all of them very interesting.
But I'll just end with two more pictures of T-Rex


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