Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

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Royal Tyrrell Museum
Royal tyrrell entrance.JPG
Entrance
Established September 25, 1985
Location Highway 838
Midland Provincial Park
Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y0
Canada[1]
Coordinates 51°28′46″N 112°47′21″W / 51.479361°N 112.789278°W / 51.479361; -112.789278
Type Palaeontological
Visitors >400,000/year (2009/10)[2]
Director Andrew Neuman[1]
Website www.tyrrellmuseum.com

The Royal Tyrrell Museum is a Canadian tourist attraction and a centre of palaeontological research[3] noted for its collection of more than 130,000 fossils.[4]

Located 6 kilometres (4 mi) northwest from Drumheller, Alberta and 135 kilometres (84 mi) northeast from Calgary,[5] the museum is 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.[3]

The Royal Tyrrell Museum is operated by Alberta's Ministry of Culture.[6]

History[edit]

The Museum is named in honour of Joseph B. Tyrrell, a geologist who accidentally discovered the first reported dinosaur fossil in the Red Deer River valley in 1884 while searching for coal seams. The carnivorous dinosaur was later named Albertosaurus sarcophagus. The museum opened September 25, 1985 and was given "Royal" status in 1990.

Collections and exhibits[edit]

More than 4,400 square metres (47,000 sq ft) of the museum's 11,200 square metres (121,000 sq ft) is dedicated to exhibits[7] 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.[4] Other exhibits include "Lords of the Land", a gallery of some of the most dangerous theropods known from Alberta, "Burgess Shale", a diorama of dozens of creatures from Yoho National Park in British Columbia;[8] "Devonian Reef", a life-size model of a 375-million-year old reef;[9] the newly renovated "Cretaceous Garden", featuring representatives of the plants that lived in prehistoric Alberta,[10] and "Age of Mammals" and "Ice Ages" which cover mammalian life in the Cenozoic. Dioramas painted by Vladimir Krb. Also on display is the "Triassic Giant", a 1,700 square feet (160 m2) long specimen of the world's largest known marine reptile. The 21 metres (69 ft) long ichthyosaur Shastasaurus sikanniensis was recovered from the shores of the Sikanni Chief River in northeastern British Columbia by a team led by Elizabeth Nicholls, former curator of Marine Reptiles. This exhibit pays homage to the work of Nicholls, who died in 2004.[11]

A window into the "Preparation Lab" allows visitors to watch technicians as they prepare fossils for research and exhibition.[12] Additional offerings include guided and self-guided tours of the badlands, the hands-on "Science Hall" with interactive stations that introduce palaeontological concepts,[13] simulated fossil digs, fossil casting, school programs and summer camps.

Affiliations[edit]

The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.

Images[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Contact Us". Royal Tyrrell Museum. Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  2. ^ "2010/11 Museum Fact Sheet". Royal Tyrrell Museum. Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  3. ^ a b Naylor, Bruce G. (1997). "Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology". In Currie, Philip J.; Padian, Kevin. Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs. Academic Press. pp. p. 646. ISBN 0-12-226810-5. 
  4. ^ a b "Dinosaur Hall". Royal Tyrrell Museum. Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society. Archived from the original on 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  5. ^ "Getting to the Museum". Royal Tyrrell Museum. Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  6. ^ The Canadian Encyclopedia
  7. ^ "Museum Amenities". Royal Tyrrell Museum. Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  8. ^ "Museum Amenities". Royal Tyrrell Museum. Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  9. ^ "Devonian Reef". Royal Tyrrell Museum. Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  10. ^ "Cretaceous Garden". Royal Tyrrell Museum. Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  11. ^ "Triassic Giant". Royal Tyrrell Museum. Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  12. ^ "Preparation Lab". Royal Tyrrell Museum. Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society. Archived from the original on 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  13. ^ "Nexen Science Hall". Royal Tyrrell Museum. Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 

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