Our family made a trip to the Royal Tyrrel Museum last Friday. Renowned for its incredible collections of dinosaur fossils among many other things, the museum in Drumheller is world-famous. According to a short video we saw when we first got to the museum, Tyrrel has over 120,000 fossils. The process that must be followed to display them is quite unbelievable. First the fossils have to be found in the field. Once they are excavated, diggers wrap them in a layer of burlap and plaster called a field jacket. They are then carefully sent to the museum. Scientists then carefully remove them from the surrounding rock and make exact replicas using molds called casts. Casts are much lighter than the actual fossils and can be more easily displayed. Fossils are actually bones that have turned into rock through a lengthy, complicated process. The amount of fossils at the museum is astounding. The huge T-Rex in the first hall is beautiful and eerie. It is dimly lit and ferocious looking. It was certainly my favourite display there.
I was most impressed with my wife Shana who read most of the information available. She’s the kind of girl that encourages us to go faster at the zoo. (She always wants to get to the hippos) But it was her first time at the museum, and she liked it too.
We had to hurry back down beautiful highway 21 to Red Deer, where we had haircuts scheduled with our friend Michelle at 6:00. When it was Spencer’s turn, he told her he wanted a mohawk. Apparently, he was inspired by the crested duckbills at the museum.