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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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Pretty building every thing was stuffed would be better with a guide

Bit of ok need a guide every thing is stuffed and the only place l got to see a beaver Was ok for the money filled in an hour

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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36 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bit of ok need a guide every thing is stuffed and the only place l got to see a beaver Was ok for the money filled in an hour

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

Thanks for visiting the Banff Park Museum. Glad to hear you enjoyed the exhibits. The museum is self-guided but you can always come chat with us at the front desk if you have any questions. Thanks! More 

Calgary, Canada
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38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Banff park museum is not what you may expect. It's a very unique collection of taxidermy animals from the largest predators to teeny tiny shrews. There is a nice area for children to explore with materials and some fun games. A must see for museum-goers and history buffs, perhaps a bit squeamish for animal lovers.

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

Thanks so much for your review. We're glad you to hear you enjoyed the museum! More 

Cranbrook, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

have tried to visit this attraction a few times over the years, but as yet have never succeeded! on three occasions visiting Banff in the last 10 years, this place has been closed for one reason or another. I know they need to renovate and paint and clear up after the summer crazies, but surely its not asking too much... More 

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Thank Andy C
CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your feedback. We have undergone renovations in recent years (and a few coats of paint) but we've completed our major projects for now. The museum is open daily in the summer and starting January 1, 2017, we'll be open in the winter on Saturdays & Sundays 11am to 5pm. Admission will also be free as part... More 

Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This small but very informative museum was very nice. They have so much taxidermy of all kinds of animals from local to different locations. The museum shows a lot of history of different animals as well as of the town of Banff and of the museum itself. If you like history and would like to see a variety of animals... More 

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

Thanks for your review. Glad to hear you enjoyed the museum! More 

Banff, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

I cycle past the Banff Park museum every day and only went in last weekend. The building itself is beautiful and the inside doesn't disappoint either. We got in free because we have a 12 month park pass so that was a plus. It's not big inside but it's great to see all the birds and animals that live in... More 

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Thank Leigh1980
CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the museum. Admission will be free in 2017 as well and we'll be open on the weekends all winter so feel free to get off your bike again and stop in and say Hello! More 

Chichester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

the building is lovely all wood and old, but personally no keen on stuffed birds and such which is mostly what is in there, its not very big.

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Thank dorothy m
CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your feedback. We love our incredible historic wood building. Thanks for visiting! More 

Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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93 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The building itself is a treasure. Old style display of artifacts and animals. Two floors, a nice quick visit. Very reasonable admission.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I love this as its original and you get information on history and development. Great products to buy and easy to walk too.

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Eye, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

All the museums are close together and all are worth a visit. We did them all. If you don't like stuffed animals and birds don't go here!

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ontario, canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We were lucky enough to drop by on the museum's last afternoon of operation in 2016. I had been several times before but my partner hadn't. The Park Museum is an absolute must-see in Banff: a museum seemingly preserved in amber from the first decades of the twentieth century. A panoply of animals, birds, fish, and fossils in glass display... More 

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Thank Ben B
CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Banff Park Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your eloquent review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the museum. More 

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