Royal Tyrrell Museum sees record breaking year for 2023 (The Drumheller Mail file photo)Amanda Ragsdale – Local Journalism Inititave Reporter

For the second year in a row the Royal Tyrrell Museum had over half a million people explore through the dino exhibits. In 2023, over 526,000 visitors paid admission to the prehistoric museum, surpassing the 2022 record of 501,000 attendees by over 25,000. 

 August long weekend is generally the busiest day of the year for admissions, with this past year being no different. 6,745 guests visited the museum on Saturday, August 5, 2023.

 On Thursday, October 5, 2023, a massive Triceratops skull was added to the “Fossils in Focus” exhibit. It is considered to be the most complete and best preserved Triceratops skull in Canada. With over seven years and 6,500 hours of careful preparation, the 69 million year old specimen is a must see for all who love dinosaurs.

 Jason Martin, Director – Operations & Finance, for the Royal Tyrrell Museum tells the Mail: “All staff and committed supporters of the Royal Tyrrell Museum contribute to our growing visitation. The Museum’s commitment to renewing our permanent galleries, expanding our offerings like senior programming and adult events help us engage a diverse audience to ensure that there is something for all ages at our facility.” 

By Amanda Ragsdale, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Jan 19, 2024 at 14:35

This item reprinted with permission from   The Drumheller Mail   Drumheller, Alberta

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