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Banff Park Museum

93 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
+1 403-762-1558
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Have a look, great

Have a look, as will give you an idea of the area overall, worth looking through, photos are great... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Brendon I
the Stuffed animals of the Rockies

I popped in here since it was raining and to get an idea about the animals that live in the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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93 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Have a look, as will give you an idea of the area overall, worth looking through, photos are great also of what went on years ago. All Free entry-have a look. Was on a tour and had time to look.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I popped in here since it was raining and to get an idea about the animals that live in the Rockies. Cost was $3.00 There was an array of stuffed animals that gave you examples of all the different types of animals. So it was...More

Thank Aussie135
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your thorough review and sharing your photos. Many of the animals in the museum have been there for over 100 years but we do understand that the experience isn't for everyone. We hope you were able to have some wildlife sightings...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved the old building and tje old school taxidermy. Only takes about 20 minutes to enjoy it. Free of you have an annual parks pass.

Thank Lyndafromsydney
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review and the great tip!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Calling this a museum is a bit of a stretch, it's more a collection of stuffed animals and various other objects (e.g. rocks) linked to the Banff National Park. The building is impressive nonetheless, all made in very well preserved wood and in the old...More

Thank marco
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your feedback. The building is from 1903 and was built before electricity, so although it's quite small by today's standards, it was quite impressive at the time it was built. We really appreciate you stopping by to visit and hope you...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was glad this only cost $3 to get it. It was ok, filled with 100 year old stuffed animals. It was interesting to see them close up, but some were showing their age.

Thank cyw
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the feedback. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had thought this museum explained the history re the Banff National Park - probably our fault for not doing research. However, it is basically a museum showing the wildlife via stuffed animals. Not our thing but could be yours?More

Thank Monica C
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the feedback. We're sorry about the misunderstanding. The Cave and Basin is more about the origins of the National Park and the Whyte Museum is more about the history of Banff itself. Ours is a 'natural history museum' that hosts a very old...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All the taxidermy brought back wonderful memories of my first museum visit. Very enlightening - beavers are larger than I thought.

Thank unwtrmy
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review. We're glad to hear you had a good time.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum warns you that it contains stuffed animals, so there is no excuse for entering if that isn’t what you want to see. It is a fantastic building which has a clear history of its origins and provides contemporary exhibits from the collections of...More

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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your excellent review and beautiful photos. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit to Banff!

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Reviewed 12 May 2018

Right on the main street in Banff, don't miss this historical and jam-packed museum. Up close and personal with all the critters that inhabited the area up to 100 yrs ago - the nominal entrance fee is worth all the beautiful exhibits. Kids will love...More

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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your excellent review. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

We visited after being told it was open all year round. It is but only on a weekend. We were disappointed but they are obviously struggling to import enough Aussies to help run the place.

Thank Tony K
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi. Thanks so much for your message. We are only open on weekends in the winter but starting May 10th, we're open every day until October 10th. We're sorry we missed you and hope you'll come back again soon.

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The entry fee is $3.90 for adults, $3.40 for seniors and free for youth 17 and under. It's also free to get in if you bring your Discovery Pass (aka annual Parks Canada pass).
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