The Royal Tyrrell Museum

As Time Goes By / Jimmy Durante

The Royal Tyrrell Museum

The Royal Tyrrell Museum / Drumheller, Alberta, Canada – opened 1985.

The Royal Tyrrell Museum is not really an inspiring piece of Architecture.
It appears academic and clinical. That’s because it’s a World Class research center for Paleontology
– housing several labs and research facilities
– apart from
it’s function as an amazing museum. 

There’s a few things to see outside though before you go in:
Albertosaurus –
An enthusiastic Greeter

Covid interrogation.
Didn’t used to be part of a Tour.
On normal (pre-Covid) days there will be a dozen tour buses out front.
People come from all over the world and the museum would usually be packed.
Sadly, much of the time right now the Museum is closed.
PachyrhinosaurusAnd child.

No riders.
Enthusiastic tourists have occasionally damaged the models.

So they must be protected. Incredibly for the first several years Admission was FREE! 
Then they went to a donation box.
Finally they realized that people would pay anything to get in here.
But it’s worth it.

See you inside …

 

 

The Sands of Fate …

“Tomb Raider Theme” (‘Tomb Raider I’ soundtrack) by Nathan McCree [1996]

Sky above, sand below, peace within.
– anonymous
It’s incredible how a single event can change the course of your life.As a young lad I dreamed of becoming an Archaeologist (Ancient History) or Paleontologist (Dinosaurs).Then one day somebody told me this would mean 8 years of University study.
I believed this meant studying 8 years in a classroom.
Such an idea was intolerable to me.
I didn’t know that much of such study takes place (outside the classroom) in the field.
His single statement crushed my dream.

Becomes the boulder of reality

Yet …
today, when I see Archaeologists or Paleontologists sitting in the dirt

digging around with trowels and brushes,
this doesn’t fit my once glamorous vision of discovery and exploration in exotic places.
So …
Did he do me a favor?
Was I saved from a lifetime of scratching in the dirt?
Or did he destroy my dream?

I really don’t know.

The Royal Tyrrell Museum

The Royall Tyrrell Museum / Drumheller, Alberta, Canada

Have my high dreams and wonder of ancient things diminished then?
Not a bit.
Without our dreams and wonders we are nothing.
Just mundane muggles.
Don’t let that happen to you.