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The Museum Itself Is Historic

The idea of a museum changes over time: Should it be a "cabinet of curiosities" or a living, interactive display of nature? In the case of the Banff Park Museum, it's both. Established in the 1890s in the classic Victorian-era style of natural history museums, this wonderful, classic log structure holds over 5,000 specimens, from "bears to bees" as they like to say. Stuffed animal heads and glass cases abound; it's a view not only into the natural history of the park, but the ideal of what the founders of the park wanted to teach us.

Don't dismiss it as an old-fashioned museum, however, The modern curators have established a series of interactive exhibitions, giving modern visitors the latest information on what is going on in the park. The museum is located in downtown Banff; if you're in the area, be sure to visit.

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