Dinosaur Museum curates rock-star science #DinoTrail


above: exterior of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, Wembley AB

Think of it as the Coachella of dinosaur attractions. The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Wembley, Alberta (County of Grande Prairie) arose out of one of the densest dinosaur bonebeds in the world. The Pipestone Creek Bonebed, to be exact, where a high school teacher uncovered the first of now over 35 Pachyrhinosaurus Lakustai in 1970. 

With stunning architecture, state of the art research, impressive exhibits and opportunities for amateur palaeontologists to get hands on with researchers in the field, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum elevates dino science to rock-star status. 

And this is your backstage tour into one of four #dinotrail destinations connecting northern Alberta and BC through prehistoric adventure; check out the #dinotrail expedition page to learn more! 

WATCH: hunt for dino fossils with rock-star scientists from the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

Watch Become a dinosaur fossil hunter at the Currie Museum Bonebeds #ExploreNWAB on YouTube.

Activities at Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum 

Follow this quick how-to guide to experience the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Feature experiences 

Beyond the museum itself, there is a whole world of dinosaur exploration to experience, and you can live the dream of being in the field with scientists from the museum. Two programs offer you a guided outdoor science experience like nothing else.

Secrets of the Wapiti

Float down the Wapiti River for sights you can't get to on foot—hidden gem sites, an active dig, and wildlife and natural history. Includes lunch and a stop at the dig site, with guides. Summer dates will book up fast so be sure to get your adventure locked in. 

Summer tour dates 
Jun 14 - 24, tours run Wed through Sat  
Jun 24 - Aug 27, tours run Wed through Sun 

Learn more and book here.

Be a palaeontologist for a day

Join a real palaeontological excavation, with researchers and field crews in the Pipestone Creek Bonebed!

On site at the Pipestone Creek Bonebed.

Summer tour dates
Jun 28 - Jul 1, tours run Wed - Sun 
Jul 12 - 16, tours run  Wed - Sun 
Aug 11  Fri 
Aug 21 - 23, tours run Mon - Wed

Learn more and book here

Explore the exhibits

More than the fossils, it's the stories they tell—and the stories of those who found them. Wander through a re-creation of the Pipestone Creek Bonebed, travel through early time in the Devonian Oceans and see amazing fossil discoveries in the main hall's Cretaceous Period display. 

You'll also learn about the connections between Alberta's oil and gas industry and palaeontology. Plus the museum hosts rotating feature exhibits. 

Find out what's new and coming up in the museum's exhibits.   

Photo: Chris Istace
One of the rooms in the main gallery at Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum.

The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum also offers volunteers the chance to get hands on. Find out about how you can get involved with fossil preparation in the lab.

There’s also a gift shop, restaurant and a dinosaur playground for the little ones where you can slide down the tail of a Maiasaura. 

Other things to do in the Grande Prairie region 

The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is located in Wembley, Alberta, a small town in the County of Grande Prairie, just 20 kilometres from the city itself. Read more about Wembley here.



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