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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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Lovely building

Worth a visit. Small admission fee payable. Interesting building, lovely woodwork. Helpful staff. Natural history themed exhibits plus historic information too.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 June 2016
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Powys, United Kingdom
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Powys, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Worth a visit. Small admission fee payable. Interesting building, lovely woodwork. Helpful staff. Natural history themed exhibits plus historic information too.

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Thank Nellietheelephant59
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

We go every time we visit Banff, kids love it! So much to see and take in. Very educational. And the building itself is a historical treasure,

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Thank Mrsgriswald2013
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

This is a quaint museum in the heart of Banff that offers fantastic and interesting historical information on the animals that live in Canada and the local areas. The building is fantastic and is apparently older than Canada. Definitely one for those that love architecture! As usual, the parks staff in the museum are very welcoming and knowledgable. A visit... More 

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Thank Martiniy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

we spend a hour+/- there...It was nice and having bought the park yearly pass it was free access..a must see if you have time to spare....

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

Lots of local history about Banff and the early settlers. Plenty of stuffed birds and animals that were quite impressive. Staff very informative, helpful and polite. Good rainy day activity.

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Cambridge
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

When we entered we were met with friendly staff who described the museum as Victorian era layout and preservation. They told us it's not so much about the individual displays but preserving the way Victorians curated their museums. If your looking to see exciting and unique displays then your missing the point. We are English so still have access to... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

Kids of all ages will enjoy this (if you are in the mood for history). Excellent setting right by the Bow River.

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1 Thank Bill K
Nova Scotia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

Selection of taxidermy animals to showcase what is in the park - no animals hunted for museum all where killed or died naturally and given for education purposes.

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1 Thank spazzygal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

this was our favorite of the museums in banff. a really cool building and some great historical info that tells how the park came to be and why it exisits.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

This centrally located museum is a gem. A beautiful and elegant building with an impressive collection of all kind of taxidermied animals. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. No matter what else you are doing in Banff, do not miss this museum. Children and adults will love it !

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