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History lives here

Drumheller boasts a wealth of museums and historic sites where you can relive history. As the Dinosaur Capital of the World, we like to live up to our reputation with rich abundance of dinosaur fossils and home of the world-renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.

Although we are known for dinosaurs, we have much more to offer as our Museums and Historic Sites listing will prove.

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  • Educational experiences

  • Fun for all

  • Enriching history

Immerse, Experience and Learn

Boasting a variety of unique, interesting and one-of-a-kind museums and historic sites, Drumheller has something for just about everyone. Take a ride on one of Alberta’s only ferries, climb the last wooden tipple in Canada at Atlas Coal Mine, and discover the many different exhibits and tours Drumheller has to offer.

Museums and Historic Sites

  • Royal Tyrrell Museum

    The Royal Tyrrell Museum is Canada’s only Museum dedicated exclusively to the science of paleontology. In addition to housing one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs, the Museum offers a wide variety of creative, fun, and educational programs that bring the prehistoric past to life.

    1500 N Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller, AB

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  • Fossil World Dinosaur Discovery Centre

    A hands on dinosaur discovery centre for kids ages 2-12 and their parents. Our animatronic T.Rex is amazing. Dig up a dinosaur skeleton and take home a real fossil, learn to identify minerals and take home a vial of minerals. Come climb on our auto belay climbing wall. More than 200 real fossil specimens.

    1381 North Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller, Alberta

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  • Homestead Antique Museum

    The Homestead Museum features a comprehensive collection of over 10,000 antiques and artifacts from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Star exhibits include a two-headed calf and an entire house that was purchased out of a 1919 issue of the Eaton’s catalogue. Open daily from May 1st to the second Monday in October.

    901 North Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller, AB

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  • Drumheller Little Church

    This church was first erected by local contractor Trygve Seland, in co-operation with the Ministerial Association in 1958 and was reconstructed by inmates of the Drumheller Institution in 1991. It was designed as a place of worship and mediation and not just a tourist attraction. The Little Church has six one-person pews and a pulpit. At one time, it had stained glass windows and a brass bell in its steeple. A fun saying we use is “ the Little Church holds 10,000 people, but only six at a time.”

    Highway 838 North Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller, Alberta

  • Rosebud Centennial Museum

    The Rosebud Centennial Museum offers a guided walking tour that will teach you the rough and tumble cowboy past of the village of Rosebud. The museum is located on Main Street in Rosebud, Alberta.

    Rosebud, Alberta

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  • Rosedale Suspension Bridge

    Currently the bridge is closed for emergency repairs.

    Take a walk across the historic Rosedale Suspension Bridge in Rosedale, just 9 km from Drumheller. The bridge was once used by miners but is now a favorite among locals for fishing and to access great Badlands terrain.

    Mabbot Road, Rosedale. Alberta

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  • Bleriot Ferry

    The Bleriot Ferry links the two sections of the North Dinosaur Trail (Alberta Highway 838) as it crosses the Red Deer River from Kneehill County on the west, to Starland County on the east. It was built by Andre Bleriot, commissioned in 1913 and, in addition to providing an essential transport service, acted as a major social hub in the Drumheller Valley. The Bleriot Ferry only runs seasonally and is closed during the winter hours. It is a perfect detour that connects the roads that access the Horsethief Canyon and Orkney View point.

    Highway 838, Starland County, Alberta

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  • Haunted Johnston House Tour

    The only tour of it’s kind  the Johnston House Tour will usher you back in time where you’ll be granted an experience you’ll never forget –  being a REAL paranormal investigator; complete with the equipment and guidance needed to interact with the Master of the home… Dr. Bob. Tours book through the spring and summer (Fri, Sat and Sun evenings) and run approximately 2 hours. The cost is $40/person however, group rates (4 plus) are available. So do you have the nerve to talk with the spirits of the Johnston House?  **Note** Tours must be pre-booked in advance, and are not recommended for children under 14yrs of age.

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  • East Coulee School Museum

    “Life in a Coal Town Unearthed”. The East Coulee School Museum is an 11 room school built for the coal mining families of East Coulee. It operated as a school from 1930 – 1971. In 1985 it became a museum focusing on the home life and schools of the coal mining era of the Drumheller Valley.

    Fall Hours:
    Museum: Sat & Sun 10am to 4:30pm;
    Mon, Thurs, Fri 12:30pm to 4:30pm
    Cafe: Sat & Sun 11:30am – 4:00;
    Mon, Thurs, Fri 1pm to 4:00pm

    359 2nd Ave. East Coulee, Alberta T0J 1B0

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  • Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site

    Hike up the underground, climb the tipple, ride the train, explore amazing machines, and uncover Drumheller’s salacious past at the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site.  This site features the world famous guided tours, which run daily from May to October.  Dig up something different in the Valley! 15 mins east of Drumheller.

    110 Century Dr. East Coulee, AB, T0J 1B0

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