There are nine signature galleries on display at this museum -- which include the Lords of the Land dinosaur display and a giant recreation of an underwater reef from more than 350 million years ago -- that bring prehistoric monsters to life. The museum even has a living exhibit of the plants that thrived during the dinosaur age.
The Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology is recognized as one of the best of its kind in the world, and with good reason. One reason for its success lies in the thousands of fossils on display that characterize the nearly four billion years' worth of life on this planet. If you grew up fascinated with dinosaurs, then the good people at the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology have more than a few exhibits that will take you back to your youth. It's one of the best Canadian museums and it's just a couple hours outside Calgary. The museum is named in honor of Joseph Burr Tyrrell, the geologist who discovered the first dinosaur in the area in 1884. The museum opened September 25, 1985 and was given "royal" status as a significant resource by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990. Bruce Naylor was the Director of the Royal Tyrrell Museum from 1992 until his death in April 2007. Under his direction, an ambitious exhibit renewal program was established with 21,000 square feet (2,000 m2) of brand new gallery space completed in 2006-2007 alone.