Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum opens new stomp­ing grounds

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The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum of Palaeon­tol­ogy’s 1,300-square

me­tre ex­pan­sion of­fers vis­i­tors en­riched ex­pe­ri­ences and ser­vices.

Come and get up close and per­sonal with the Al­ber­tosaurus in the new Learn­ing Lounge – an in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibit and dis­cov­ery area. The Learn­ing Lounge fea­tures a life-sized bronze Al­ber­tosaurus skele­ton and hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties about Canada’s first known car­niv­o­rous di­nosaur. The ad­di­tion also in­cludes im­proved spa­ces for ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams, meet­ings and con­fer­ences, and vis­i­tor ameni­ties.

“The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum pro­vides a unique and valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence to all peo­ple lucky enough to visit. We are proud to be the home of such a won­der­ful cul­tural gem, and this new ex­pan­sion will pay div­i­dends to all peo­ple for­tu­nate enough to visit for decades to come,” said Nate Horner, MLA Drumheller­Stet­tler.

The $9.3-mil­lion mu­seum ex­pan­sion was funded by the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta ($5.7 mil­lion) and the Gov­ern­ment of Canada ($3.6 mil­lion from the De­part­ment of Cana­dian Her­itage). “When you drive into Drumheller, you en­ter an en­tirely dif­fer­ent world. It sparks your imag­i­na­tion, and it is a mag­i­cal place for chil­dren to ex­pe­ri­ence. The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum is one of Canada’s most vis­ited mu­se­ums and I’m so proud that the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta has in­vested in its fu­ture,” said Leela Sharon Aheer, Min­is­ter of Al­berta Cul­ture, Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and Sta­tus of Women.

“Our gov­ern­ment is proud to sup­port the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum, as it pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for cu­ri­ous minds to learn about pa­le­on­to­log­i­cal history and Al­berta’s rich fos­sil her­itage. I am thrilled that this in­vest­ment has al­lowed the mu­seum to ex­pand its fa­cil­ity, reaf­firm­ing its lead­er­ship in pa­le­on­tol­ogy and cre­at­ing greater op­por­tu­ni­ties for all Cana­di­ans to learn about our pre­his­toric past,” said Pablo Ro­driguez, fed­eral Min­is­ter of Cana­dian Her­itage and Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism

“The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum of Palaeon­tol­ogy ex­pan­sion pro­ject is an im­por­tant ex­am­ple of gov­ern­ment’s in­vest­ment in key in­fra­struc­ture that sup­ports Al­ber­tans’ quest for in­for­ma­tion and brings our history to life. In­fra­struc­ture projects like the mu­seum ad­di­tion are cru­cial for sup­port­ing Al­berta’s job cre­ators and help­ing to grow our econ­omy so we can build a pros­per­ous fu­ture for all Al­ber­tans,” said Prasad Panda, Min­is­ter of Al­berta In­fra­struc­ture.

Quick facts

-The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum of Palaeon­tol­ogy wel­comes over 430,000 vis­i­tors per year from across the prov­ince, na­tion and around the world.

-Since open­ing its doors in 1985, the mu­seum has wel­comed more than 13 mil­lion vis­i­tors.

-The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum houses one of the world’s largest dis­plays of di­nosaurs and is Canada’s only mu­seum ded­i­cated ex­clu­sively to the sci­ence of pa­le­on­tol­ogy.

-Joseph Burr Tyrrell dis­cov­ered Al­ber­tosaurus on Aug. 12, 1884 while map­ping coal de­posits in the Drumheller area.

-Al­ber­tosaurus sar­coph­a­gus was the apex preda­tor in Al­berta 72.5 to 68 mil­lion years ago.

-Al­though it lived ear­lier in time, Al­ber­tosaurus is closely re­lated to T. rex.

Photo con­trib­uted

MLA Horner, Min­is­ter Panda and Min­is­ter Aheer check out the Al­ber­tosaurus puz­zle in the new Learn­ing Lounge.

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