Sleeping with Dinosaurs ~ The best way to experience the Royal Tyrrell Museum

Sleeping with Dinosaurs ~ The best way to experience the Royal Tyrrell Museum

Hello and welcome!

If you missed out on Part 1 of our travels you can check it out HERE.

As I mentioned in my previous post,  we were travelling around a bit of Alberta.  A big part of Alberta culture is their paleontology and so what better way to immerse ourselves in the stuff than to sleep over in a dinosaur museum!  The Royal Tyrrell Museum to be exact.

Sleepover with dinosaurs.Best tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller Alberta.

 

Sleepover with dinosaurs. Best tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller Alberta.
Just hanging out, you know, walking with dinosaurs. 🙂

And I have to say, it was AWESOME! About a month prior to our travels I had gone on to their website to just look up hours and rates etc and discovered they have a camp-in program where you get to actually sleep in the museum for a night! Now, I have to mention that although dinosaurs are cool to most kids around our kids age, Nyla (our 13 yr old daughter) is obsessed with all things dino and paleological. To the point that she is already planning her university education to go into paleontology (she’s currently finishing gr. 8). We actually got to sleep in the big auditorium in amongst the dinosaurs! There were a bunch of families and even a scout group or two.I have to say the staff were very friendly and accommodating. We even got a bedtime snack!

Sleepover with dinosaurs. Best tour of Royal Tyrrell Museum!

Thankfully we didn’t have any experiences, a la Night at the Museum, and I’m pretty sure those dinos didn’t move during the night!

The evening of the sleepover we were treated to a few different activities and games.

Sleepover with dinosaurs. Best tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
Honing our fossil finding skills.

 

Sleepover with dinosaurs. Best tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
Nyla practicing her excavation skills.

The next day after breakfast (which was included in the sleepover package) we got to explore the whole museum at our leisure.

Sleepover with dinosaurs. Best tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller Alberta.
That is one happy girl! She was so proud to show off all her knowledge with us. I think she knew the names of almost all of them without reading the signs!
Sleepover with dinosaurs. Best tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller Alberta.
An ancient alligator or crocodile fossil. (can’t remember which!)

 

Sleepover with dinosaurs. Best tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller Alberta.
Gabe enjoying some smaller dino skeletons.
Sleepover with dinosaurs. Best tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller Alberta.
These two were fascinated with this cool waterfall wall.
Sleepover with dinosaurs. Best tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller Alberta.
I love this picture! Gives a little bit of an idea of the scale of these giants.

Sleeping with dinosaurs. Best tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller Alberta.

 

Sleeping with dinosaurs. Best tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller Alberta.
You really have to be there to appreciate the size of these fossils.

The pictures below are at a place, I believe, called Horseshoe Canyon (correct me if I’m wrong!) anyways it is a really cool view of part of the badlands.

Sleepover with dinosaurs. Best tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller Alberta.
I think this is Cady and Gabe’s favorite part of the day!

Sleepover with dinosaurs.Best tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller Alberta.

I hope you have enjoyed our travels so far. Obviously, pictures can not do justice to the amazing fossils and replicas that the museum curates so I hope if you ever get the chance to see it in person, check it out! And if your kid is dino obsessed, make sure you check out the sleepover option, it is totally worth it.

You can check out our first day of our travels where we stopped and checked out Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump here and our third part which we share our visit to the Calgary Zoo here.

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own, I have not been compensated in anyway for this post, I just think it’s a really cool place!



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