Our History

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.

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    The Naming of...

    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.


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    A Brief History

    We opened our doors on September 25, 1985 and during our first year of operations we surpassed all expectations, attracting over 500,000 visitors.


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