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Banff Park Museum

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Address: 93 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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+1 403-762-1558
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Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
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Western Canada's oldest natural history museum, Banff Park Museum offers...

Western Canada's oldest natural history museum, Banff Park Museum offers visitors a chance to browse some 5,000 vintage specimens - from stuffed bears to minerals and plants. A visit to this 'Museum of a Museum' is a great way to get an up-close look at Banff wildlife and see how natural history was interpreted a century ago. Plenty of interactive and kids' activities - including the Xplorers Club.

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Enjoyable visit to the museum, whilst other similar tourist sites offered free entry, we payed to enter this one. Nice historical museum where you can interact with some items in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is full of stuffed animals of all kinds and a great place to educate children . A great get up close experience

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Thank Sue S
Charleston, South Carolina
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305 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The 1903 building has been sensitively restored and houses the original collection of stuffed animals displayed as they would have been in 1914. The building is described as "railway pagoda" style with large upper windows (a lantern) designed to illuminate the interior before electricity. A delightful step back in time and super friendly staff. Well worth a visit.

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Thank John K
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45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyable visit to the museum, whilst other similar tourist sites offered free entry, we payed to enter this one. Nice historical museum where you can interact with some items in the collection

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Thank Alan G
Never the same place
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97 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Free (Spring 2017), but well worth an admission fee. Excellent historic museum displays with modern and relevant explanations. Rare opportunity to handle antlers and horns, and see some interesting aspects of the areas natural and human history. Excellent multilingual docent. Easy to spend 30 minutes or 3 hours, depending on your interest level.

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Thank CGJW
Victoria, Canada
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is a wonderful place to see the history of Banff. Stuffed wildlife from the surrounding area. So informative.

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Thank smg17
Edmonton, Canada
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

If you like to see wildlife this is the place.This building is historic and full of stuffed animals.This has always been a favourite stop for my family and has a room with interactive activities for the younger family members.Sure to not disappoint.

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Thank 48kent
Medicine Hat, Canada
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 26 March 2017

It is an interesting look into the wildlife of Canada, Up close catalog of birds and mammals. These animals are placed in the elegance of a 1900's museum.

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Great little spot to visit if you are in Banff, and on the occasion of the 150 of Canada, entry to all National Historic Sites is free in 2017. A great opportunity to see all the fauna of this part of the Rockies in one spot - you can get up close and personal and observe every detail of the... More 

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Thank Silvia K
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We often visit Banff in the winter and the museum is not open so we were excited to be able to take our boys this year with the museum open in the winter months for Canada's 150th. My most recent previous visit to the Banff Park Museum was 20 years ago and it has changed very little (but has been... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Very good exhibits, knowledgeable staff most helpful, lots to see very good visit and would certainly revisit ..

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Thank Rupert H
CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting - you can come back! The museum is open daily in the summer and free for all of 2017. More 

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