Paleontology Museum
Paleontology Museum
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Tobin
Edmonton, Canada18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
Unless you're a science student, you've probably never heard of this place before. It's a small museum (only 2 rooms) in the basement of the Earth Sciences Building at the University of Alberta. It's open to the general public, but not very busy so you have lots of time to examine all the fossils. You can even touch some of the dinosaur bones!

No need to buy tickets or sign in, it's free and you can just walk right in.
Written March 14, 2022
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada81,678 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I went inside the Paleontology Museum with students. It was fascinating.

Many people don't know about Paleontology. Paleontology is the study of animals, fish and more. Most of them were fossils.

It was amazing. They had lots of species and I learned a lot as well.

A must see!
Written December 20, 2019
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Noelene A
Port Moody, Canada39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This museum is free and we were the only ones there - you simply show up and go to the basement of the East Sciences building at University of Alberta! It is very small and can be covered in detail in 30-60 minutes, but it is really well done, with lots of information, and with some hands-on exhibits. Our dino-loving 10 year old was in awe and looked at every exhibit in detail. I would not recommend this for young children, as it is a more 'serious' museum, but very interesting if you take the time to read everything. Also, you can take in the mineralogy and petrology museum just down the hallway.
Written August 29, 2019
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robjustrob
Calgary, Canada1,935 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
while not as substantial or the same experience as visiting drumheller, the paleontology museum at the university of alberta sciences building was really interesting and our guests were amazed by it.
Written May 27, 2019
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Veronica
Brisbane, Australia52 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
I was really looking forward to this museum, got to the uni, paid $11 for parking and made my way to the basement, only to find a sign on the door saying it’s closed this week for moving/ cleaning cases. There was nothing on the website about this. Very disappointing. I went to the geological museum just down the hall which was good, but not dinosaur good :(
Written July 9, 2018
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Tom P
TEMPE12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
This is a free museum on campus with an excellent collection of fossils, well laid out and described. Just down the hall is another museum devoted to rocks and minerals. It is well worth visiting on a cold Edmonton day.
Written December 5, 2017
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Gazorninplat
Edmonton, Canada64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
Wish I had the kids with me but it was a great visit to see the collection. Quite a few items to touch too. Don't forget the mineralogy museum just down the hallway.
Written October 18, 2017
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Rock H
Kingston, Canada97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
An excellent place to visit. Who knew that Alberta is Dinosaur country? The museum is well laid out and easy to follow. I learned more during this visit about that era of the evolution of the world than I have ever before and, that Alberta is a key world area for Paleontology.

Definitely worth a visit. Give yourself a good three hours.
Written September 30, 2017
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Charles B
Montreal, Canada33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Solo
This museum presents highlights from the University of Alberta's vertebrate palaeontology collection. It is small, confined to one room, but is free, and there is a sister museum of geology (rocks and minerals) in another basement room down the hall. Between the two, you will likely spend about an hour seeing the exhibits, which are traditionally presented: skulls and skeletons in display cases with panels of text explaining evolutionary pre-history. There is not much here compared to the much larger exhibits at major natural history museums, including Edmonton's own Royal Alberta Museum or the Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, but while the RAM is closed for redevelopment in its new downtown location, this is the only publicly accessible palaeontology collection available in Edmonton. For enthusiasts of any age, there is much of interest; for people with small restless children used to the interactive and entertaining exhibits in modern "science" museums, this is probably not a good destination, unless you're in the area for other reasons and want to stop in for a few minutes. Beware the academic opening hours, which reflect the museum's main function as a teaching facility rather than a tourist attraction: M-F, 8-4; closed on weekends. You're very much on your own here: no guides or staff, and you will likely be the only person there, unless there happens to be a school group visiting. This makes for a quiet, peaceful and intimate experience, absorbing interesting information presented thoughtfully to an intelligent audience.
Written September 19, 2017
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Aaron S
Edmonton89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Not a huge museum but it's free. There are rock museums down the hall as well. Check out both while your there.
Written July 15, 2017
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