Canada’s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, one of the world’s major dinosaur collections, is expected to receive a $9.3 million cash injection from federal and provincial governments in order to expand the facility.
Royal Tyrrell in the Badlands
Set in the heart of the Alberta Badlands, Royal Tyrrell is a paleontological museum and research centre. It houses over 130, 000 fossils. These include a 72-million-year-old dinosaur fossil discovered by Canadian geologist Joseph Burr Tyrrell in 1884. It is Canada’s only museum dedicated specifically to paleontology.
Its location, the Badlands, is one of the richest dinosaur fossil sites in the world. It is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dinosaur Provincial Park.
Upgrades to the museum will include the creation of a learning laboratory and extra classrooms. In addition the distance learning studios will be expanded.
The museum receives around 400 thousand visitors a year from 140 different countries.
Canada’s Premier Paleontological Institution
Andrew Neuman is the museum’s executive director. He said, “Through research, exhibits, education and hands-on programming, our visitors get an experience at the Royal Tyrrell Museum unlike any other.
“We look forward to continuing to build on that experience through the expansion. Also to providing our visitors with something new that draws them back here for years to come.”
The funding comprises $5.7 million from the Government of Alberta (Capital plan) together with a further $3.59 million from the Government of Canada (Canada Cultural Spaces Fund). Work on the project should be completed by 2019.
Calgary MP Kent Hehr said, “As Canada’s premier paleontological institution, the Royal Tyrrell Museum has become an important stop in the Canadian Badlands. This expansion will allow the museum to continue its tradition of excellence in programming and outreach to museum visitors.”
“I am thrilled that this investment will allow the museum to increase its programming and create greater opportunities for engagement, ” said Melanie Joly, minister of Canadian Heritage.