This month the Royal Tyrell Museum – Canada’s only museum dedicated solely to paleontology – received funding of $3,595,000. Although the museum is operated by the Government of Alberta under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, this is the first time it has ever received Government of Canada infrastructure funding. The money will help enable the museum to expand its facility for even more educational opportunities with outreach areas, multi-use rooms for meetings and school groups, and 1,300 square m dedicated to hands on activities to encourage exploration.
The funding comes from the Capital Plan which invests in infrastructure that will help stimulate the economy and keep people working. The Royal Tyrell Museum is already a renowned tourist destination, and the expansion will provide more opportunities to reach out to visitors.
The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre) had the following to say about the museum’s expansion:
“As Canada’s premier palaeontological 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.”
The Royal Tyrell Museum has already established a reputation for making learning fun, and we know that this expansion will further the museum’s mission to bring the past to life.