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Banff Park Museum

Banff, AB, Canada
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    The Banff Park museum was the child of the old Natural History Branch of the Geological Survey of Canada back in 1895. The present 1903 museum building is the largest and most elaborate example of the early phase of park design utilizing decorative cross-log construction. The resulting roof/walls, large windows, nice natural light, truss system, and Douglas Fir construction make the interior and exterior architecture of this "railway pagoda" half the fun in coming here.

    The other half of course are some of the most unique and "stuffed" natural history exhibits that I have seen, or really ever want to see. The collection itself is an OCD-inspired collectors dream (with more than 5000 specimens), and could have easily made a vegetarian out me.

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    Great place to visit for an hour or so

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The first thing that strikes you when you arrive at the Banff Park Museum is the architecture. The building, which was built in 1903, looks like the kind of old fort you would imagine being located throughout the Canadian wilderness during the 19th Century. But once you step through the museum's doorway, it is like stepping into a time machine that transports you back to a simpler time in Canadian history when people lived closer to the land. The museum is filled with displays featuring all the different kinds of animals you will find throughout this part of Alberta.

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4.5 out of 5
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207 people visited Banff Park Museum

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