Despite being a relatively young facility, the Royal Tyrrell Museum has established itself as Canada’s authority of palaeontology. What we lack in age, we make up for with our growing list of accomplishments.
We are named for geologist Joseph Burr Tyrrell (TEER-uhl) (1858-1957) who stumbled upon the skull of Canada’s first meat-eating dinosaur while prospecting for coal on behalf of the Geological Survey of Canada.
We opened our doors on September 25, 1985 and during our first year of operations we surpassed all expectations, attracting over 500,000 visitors.
Watch as fossils found right here in Alberta are prepared by our technicians for research and display.
Passion for the Past
Meet our scientists and find out what inspires.
It’s the insatiable curiosity of our scientists that drives the Museum.