One Dino-Mite Night at the Royal Tyrrell Museum


The Royal Tyrrell Museum is a popular Canadian tourist attraction in Drumheller, Alberta. The location also referred to as ‘the badlands’, the Tyrrell Museum is a leading centre of palaeontological research noted for its collection of more than 40 dinosaur skeletons with more than 110,000 fossil specimens.

While we have visited this museum many times as a family, my daughter went for the first time with her Girl Guides Troop, and also slept over as part of their Camp-In Program.

A pretty cool trip for kids, she came home raving about everything she learned and saw while there. She is especially proud of the soft fossil she made of a tooth, curently placed on her bedroom shelf with her most prized possessions.

Yet when asked how she liked actually sleeping there, she was a bit hesitant to say it was the greatest. Trying to sleep when a dinosaur Skeleton hovering above you was, “…different and a little creepy, Mom..”. Yet, an incredible experience to say the least.

For her trip, I gave Isabelle a digital camera to capture her own memories. Here is what caught my 8 year olds eye while at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. I love that I got to actually see what interested her the most, since I’m the one usually taking the photos.

A close up of a fish
This is Shelly, loved so much by Isabelle that she bought a stuffed turtle and named her Shelly!


tyrrell gift shop




royal tyrrell museum




A close up of a fish


A cat sitting in front of a window


A dinosaur on a table


dinosaur bones




A close up of text on a whiteboard


A dinosaur

Save on admission fees by using coupons found in the SUTP as well as their own discounts page online. There is a restaurant at the museum, yet you can pack a lunch, to make your day trip a little more frugal. Each time we go, we have new experiences at the museum, adults and kids alike!.




  1. How cool is that!! I have never seen a dinosaur fossil in person, I will defiantly have to bring my girls here when they start to learn about dinos to!

    1. We took the twins for the first time when they were around 2 years old, their eyes grew big with every turn! lol

  2. What an amazing Museum! My kids would have a blast. They love dinosaurs and are constantly begging to go to a dinosaur museum. We just don’t have one near us.

    1. It is! I need to look up more about this little guy, Isabelle still talks about this turtle all the time!

  3. My son is in a dino phase right now and I wish they had this exhibit in Vancouver. Looks amazing.

  4. We’ve been several times. It is an excellent museum!
    Glad your daughter enjoyed her time with the Girl Guides.

  5. What a neat place to take the kids. When I was younger my brother was so into dinosaurs. We spent a lot of time at places like this growing up.

  6. So very cool. I love the pictures she took. I think I would be a little disturbed to sleep there but I definitely want to visit there one day.

  7. I love taking my kids to the Tyrrell Museum as it is a place i loved going to as a kid. Its fun to take the kids to drumheller to explore all of my favourite attractions especially now that my son is into dinosaurs!

  8. I’ve only been to the Royal Tyrrell museum once, but I LOVED it! I am an archaeologist, but this museum *almost* made me want to switch to paleontology! lol! I love that your daughter bought a stuffed turtle and named it after a real one, that reminds me of when I went to Sea World as a kid and watched the dolphin show. One of the dolphins was named Jenny. My parents bought me a stuffed dolphin, and I named it Jenny! 🙂

    What a cool experience that they got to spend the night there!

  9. What a great museum! I’ve heard of it but have not had the chance to go there! We have a great museum here, thank goodness!

  10. It sounds like such a fun place to visit! I wish it was closer, I can imagine my son would love it so much! Maybe when my grandaughter is a little older, I will take her and my son there! It would be a memory that would last forever

  11. What a great day to spend the summer, at a day camp in a museum! Kids would think of this as a treat. I remember going to museums as a kid and was so fascinated with it all. Thanks for sharing about your trip to the Royal Tyrrell Museum! Good luck in future travels.

  12. When we were visiting Calgary a few years ago we drove to Drumheller to visit the museum and see the Dinosaurs.
    We were all so fascinated and I would reccomend everyone to go see it, the exhibits are amazing. To think these giant guys roamed the earth way back!

  13. Beautiful pictures! I’ve always loved The Royal Tyrrell Museum but it’s been a long time since I’ve been there. Time to go again!!

  14. Great Post. I remember visiting as a kid (and an adult), and the museums and surrounding landscapes rank as one of my favorite places in all of Canada. They are a breeding ground for imagination, and the perfect place for kids, and adults who are kids at heart, to explore. Love the blog!

  15. I have to admit, I still have this fascination with dinosaurs even though
    I’m 30 years old LOL this sounds like a great place to visit.

  16. This is one place I’d like to take our grandchildren. We loved it and the staff were excellent with other children

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