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Banff Park Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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waited for the weekend so we could go see the Museum

surprised upon entering. I didn't know the museum was about all of the wildlife in the area and... read more

Reviewed November 11, 2018
Manteca, California
Otherwise Known at the Stuffed Animal Museum

This natural history museum, in a historic building in downtown Banff, is best known for its large... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
John M
Bainbridge Island, WA
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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...more
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93 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
+1 403-762-1558
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

surprised upon entering. I didn't know the museum was about all of the wildlife in the area and taxidermy was amazing. Small museum but informative when you make the time to read about the species of the area. The curators were very informative and friendly.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

This natural history museum, in a historic building in downtown Banff, is best known for its large collection of wildlife residents of the area, now stuffed and mounted. These old specimens, gathered back when there was an abundance of wildlife in the park environs, offer...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank John M
Reviewed October 12, 2018

Unless you are a local with a great knowledge of the fauna of the Banff area the display of taxidermically preserved specimens should help identify animals glimpsed or fully seen. The collection is historic, so acceptable. Thank goodness the building, dating from the early twentieth...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018

One of the oldest buildings in Banff (1903) the Banff Park Museum is only around $4 entry and was a good way to view at all the animals native to the area. If your not into stuffed animals I would give it a miss as...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LouiseO0611
Reviewed September 21, 2018

A well organised museum, very informative with a good selection of animals and birds. Good information about the reintroduction of Bison to the area.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank John B. D
Reviewed September 15, 2018

Lovely old building filled with birds and animals stuffed 150 years ago, but well displayed. Staff were friendly and helpful. Low admission price

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 13, 2018

Loved the animals there. Natural history of wild life in Canada. The men in our party really enjoyed this.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Stephanie H
Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this gem located in the Banff Park, next to the Main Street bridge and the river. First and oldest museum in Canada, filled with a treasure trove of natural history exhibits. Canada Parks staff are helpful and highly knowledgeable...be sure to interact with...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

This place is a gem! You can earn a junior ranger badge here too. It was a rainy day so this was a bit crowded. But, it is filled with so many exhibits and a really neat building. They have a room off to the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Heather K
Reviewed August 20, 2018

We enjoyed our visit very much. It was like spending time in my university zoology lab with the all the taxidermy specimens of species in the park. Lovely old building. Parking lot nearby...but parking can be an issue. Lovely park and river is adjacent. We...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Gerard M
May 16, 2018|
Response from CaveandBasin | Property representative |
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).