In my last post, a review of Bones To Pick by Suzanne North, the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta was the setting for murder.
Set within the river valley winding through the Badlands just outside Drumheller the museum is in a perfect setting for a dinosaur museum. The striated valley walls show the geological history of the area for eons. The building is contured to the landscape.
Inside there are lifesize replicas of various dinosaurs who roamed the area millions of years ago.
When my sons, Jonathan and Michael, were young boys it was the one museum that entranced them. They happily spent hours looking at and reading about the dinosaurs.
The history and language of dinosaurs was learned far better by them during those visits than from any book or television show.
At the end of each visit they would pour over the miniature dinosaurs in the gift shop assessing which dinosaur they could take home with them.
It was like going into a hidden world as we ventured into the back rooms, workshops and labs. The description in the book of the storage area and work labs brought back memories of our backstage visit.
On our tour we were surprised by the extent of fossils stored for study and potentially future display. They will never run out of study material.
To see the workshops let us understand the imagination used by the staff in the creation of the wonderful exhibits.
In the labs we saw staff carefully working to extract fossils from excavated earth. We were seeing fossils emerge from the ground in which they had been buried for millions of years.
The museum came alive for us in ways never possible when we were limited to looking at the public displays.