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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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" Historical museum"

It's located just right in Banff town. The building is old and historical. Lots of stuffed birds... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2017
Ann K
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Sydney, Australia
Time warp and interesting

Small but lovely Victorian/ Edwardian railway style building A lot of rare stuffed animals Nice... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
mgoodman1234567
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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 15 June 2017

It's located just right in Banff town. The building is old and historical. Lots of stuffed birds animals are exhibited here. Worth a visit to get an insight of all those local birds and animals that we didn't manage to see.

Thank Ann K
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Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Small but lovely Victorian/ Edwardian railway style building A lot of rare stuffed animals Nice to see them close up Better than you might think Was interesting to see the whole range of local animals and birds

Thank mgoodman1234567
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thanks for visiting. Glad to hear you enjoyed the museum. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip to Banff!

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Reviewed 10 June 2017

This national historic site is one of the oldest museums in western Canada. The building itself is very unique and is full of stuffed birds and animals that are native to the area. It has some unique things like a stuffed bird that is older...More

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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thanks so much for visiting! It's pretty amazing to see a bird that's older than Canada. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip to Banff.

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Reviewed 3 June 2017

Stuffed animals may be somewhat disturbing but keep in mind this is museum of the past in the area Many examples of local animals birds and rodents This is quite educational

Thank Terry E
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thanks for your feedback. We're glad you found the museum to be educational. The specimens are from the Victorian era so if you did find some to look a little aggressive, that's how they would have been positioned/interpreted at that time.

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Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

This place is very nice , full of exhibits . it has a lot of history hidden there , very educational, specially for the curious visitors. The entry is free for Canada 150 . There is 2 floors to go around , you can spend...More

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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thanks for your feedback. We're so glad you enjoyed the exhibits (and the free entry). Hope you come back again soon!

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Reviewed 29 May 2017

Even if you don't fancy looking at stuffed animals, go inside and see this buildings beautiful interior.

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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thanks for your review. We love our historic building and classic Banff architecture!

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Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

It was an interesting visit. Stuffed animals. It is In downtown in Banff! Stuff are helpful and friendly. I recommended for, kids very much! Some animals I didn't know even exist.

Thank Adriana M
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thanks so much for the message. We have to agree - with over 5,000 specimens, there are some very interesting animals that it's unlikely you'd ever see in the wild. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip to Banff!

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Reviewed 27 May 2017

The museum is one of the indoor things to do when the weather is not friendly outside, Very nice staff, welcomes you with a smile/greetings, wants to know where you have come from and input it on the PC. The live size animals on display...More

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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thanks so much for visiting. We're so glad that you and your kids enjoyed the museum. Thanks for signing the register!

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Reviewed 19 May 2017

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

Thank Sue S
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thanks for your review!

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Reviewed 17 May 2017 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...More

Thank John K
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thanks so much for you review and for mentioning our friendly staff! Although the museum is self-guided, you can always come chat with us at the front desk and ask questions/learn more about the site (it sounds like you learned quite a bit about the...More

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