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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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Amazing museum

Brilliant museum! Every kind of animal and bird and all labelled and informative. Absolutely... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Eileen C
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Arbroath, United Kingdom
What a lovely museum

It is very fascination history and the museum is easy to walk to from most accommodation and price... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
nwickham2018
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Gold Coast, Australia
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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 weeks ago

Brilliant museum! Every kind of animal and bird and all labelled and informative. Absolutely loved the panelled walls. Lady on reception was very helpful and explained about the old lighting and the glass covering the displays. Great!

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

Thanks so much for your excellent review. We're so glad you enjoyed our historic building. We will pass on your excellent feedback to our team. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is very fascination history and the museum is easy to walk to from most accommodation and price is very reasonable and cafe's are close as well and near the river so you can have a nice walk to it along one of the best...More

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

Thanks so much for your review and for your fantastic photo. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

There isn't much to see here, but if you're interested in animals then definitely check this out! It has lots of birds and other species native to Banff and the surrounding area. I wish they would put up some descriptions of the different types of...More

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

Thanks so much for your review. We're sorry you didn't love your visit. The animal specimens are the history as most of them are over 100 years old. That being said, we do really appreciate your feedback and are putting a more interactive exhibit into...More

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Reviewed 7 February 2018

A completely different museum from any we had visited so far in Canada. It was free because of the 150 years but it is only about $5 anyway. Cabinets full of stuffed animals, also on top of the cabinets too. Both large and small. Some...More

Thank white0nes
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2018

Thanks so much for your review. The price in 2018 for the museum is $3.90 for adults and then free for 17 and under (so a little less than $5 :). We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 16 January 2018

We popped in here for a little after visiting in the farmers market in Central Park. Lots of cool specimens!

Thank Rachel L
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2018

Thanks so much for visiting. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

We popped in to warm up during our walk in Banff and were pleasantly surprised to find a great collection of local specimens of animals and history. The building is beautifully restored and there's a lot of history about its original curators and contributors.

Thank yolandakavita
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you so much for your excellent review. We're so glad you enjoyed the historic building and specimens and of course, our staff. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit to Banff!

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

From the outside, it looks much bigger than it is inside, but there is a lot of interesting information and plenty of taxidermied animals. It's worth a look around.

Thank Crissy B
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you for visiting and providing your feedback. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip!

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Reviewed 29 December 2017

It is well worth a visit, particularly in winter to escape the cold! It is small, but interesting and may be the only chance to see some of the wildlife from the area.

Thank Megan O
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thanks for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

This is not a zoo, but a museum of taxidermy animals, many of which are almost impossible to see easily in the wild. The museum is free and would only take about an hour to peruse. There is a small library in which you can...More

Thank Deborah D
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

Thanks so much for your fantastic review. We're so glad you found the staff friendly and helpful. We hope you'll come back and visit us again soon.

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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Nice way to spend an hour Plenty of examples of wildlife exhibits Friendly and knowledgeable staff My Only complaint is that the information signage for the exhibits is far too small to see, especially for those exhibits high above you on the wallMore

Thank Trevor L
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

Thank you so much for your review. That's great feedback about the signage. Many of the specimen labels are original (and some even in Norman Sanson's handwriting) so they are part of the historic collection. Still - great feedback and something we'll look into. We...More

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