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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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Great Way to See Local Animals

This is not a zoo, but a museum of taxidermy animals, many of which are almost impossible to see... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Deborah D
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Sydney, Australia
Interesting and educational place to visit

Nice way to spend an hour Plenty of examples of wildlife exhibits Friendly and knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
Trevor L
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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 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
CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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.

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

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

Reviewed 23 October 2017

We have always wanted to stop in at the Banff Park Museum & on this visit we were glad we did. Open 10am - 6 pm from May 15 to Oct 15, in 2017 it was free to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. There is an...More

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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Thanks so much for your fantastic review and for sharing your great pictures! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 22 October 2017

This is a good place to visit if you have an interest in the animal life in the area. There are also quite a few rock and fossil specimens.

Thank amarieslosser
CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Thanks for your feedback. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 20 October 2017

i think this is where the springs are that started the whole adventure in Banff. It was the first time our tour guide took anyone there and we told her to keep it on the list!

Thank John J
CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

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

Reviewed 15 October 2017

This is a fascinating FREE museum about the wildlife and the history of Banff. Staff are VERY friendly and helpful. However, the lighting is kept dim to a point where it is difficult to read exhibit details - why?More

Thank GeorgeFMarkhamON
CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Thanks so much for your review and your question. When the building was built (in 1903) it didn't even have electricity so all the lighting and fixtures have been added more recently. You may have noticed the windows are very dark and that's to not...More

Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

On completion of our hour long visit to the small museum, we appreciated the efforts in preserving and documenting a part of natural history in Banff and surrounding areas. The museum displays the taxidermied animals and birds that live and used to live in this...More

Thank AsisBandyopadhyay
CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Thank you so much for your great review. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit to Banff!

Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

The museum is very small and takes max 20 minutes if you look at every animal closely. It's very interesting though. Good that it is free this year. I wouldn't recommend it if you had to pay for it.

Thank Sebastian K
CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

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

Reviewed 7 October 2017

This museum offers lots of stuffed animals exhibits and is very informative re the natural and unique setting of these majestic mtns. Staff are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. If you are not familiar with the wildlife of this area and have interest in it then you...More

Thank tornillo2015
CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Thanks so much for your review. We're so glad that you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 29 September 2017

This free museum is well stocked with various stuffed wildlife from around the Rockies and it’s worth visiting, though don’t allow more than an hour as it probably won’t take that long. It might however be the closest you will get to either a Moose...More

Thank Alwaysonholiday53
CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

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

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