Sleeping with the Dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum Camp-in

Royal Tyrrell Museum Camp-in

Sleeping with the Dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum Camp-in

This year, knock off a ‘camp in at the Dinosaur Museum’ off of your bucket list. It’s one of those experiences of a lifetime, local edition, where you can spend the night at the Royal Tyrrell Museum Camp-in experience in Drumheller.

You’ll arrive at the museum after hours, getting an exclusive experience with museum programming, after scouting out your spot under the dinosaurs. In fact, choosing where you were going to sleep was one of the coolest parts of the experience. It’s not often that you’ll get to sleep under a literal dinosaur fossil, camping out in an area of the museum that you love discovering with the kids.

How much does the Royal Tyrrell Museum Camp-in cost?

The camp-in fees are $39/person. It includes the night’s accommodations, experience, four programming opportunities, bed time snack, breakfast and admission to the museum the next day. We were excited to learn how affordable the Royal Tyrrell Museum camp-in experience was, compared to a night in a local hotel.

Here’s what you should know before you go: 

  • Bring your own sleeping bag. We chose to up the comfort level, and also brought along cots, which were actually an easy way to set up with the kids.
  • Even during the warmer season, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is air conditioned and we found it quite cold throughout the night. Bring a sleeping bag, but also bring warm pajamas with you, and a sweater just in case.
  • There is no food allowed in the museum, but there is a bedtime snack. If you have dinner before you go, you won’t go hungry. The banana bread served was delicious!
  • The programming includes cool take-home fossil sculptures that you can paint, which are a really fun souvenir to remind you of your night sleeping under the dinosaurs!
  • This one is for parents, or even light sleeping children – bring earplugs. There are plenty of group bookings, like schools and clubs, and there are kids continually going to the bathroom all night long. Bring earplugs if you would like to sleep through the night

Booking Your Camp-in Experience

You can book the camp-in during the months of February, March, April, October and November and take place on Friday and Saturday nights.

The program fills up quickly, but you can get on a waiting list to be contacted when a space becomes available, by filling out Royal Tyrrell Camp in form.

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