Today we had a phenomenal day at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. This is a museum dedicated to – wait for it – dinosaurs, many of them discovered right in the Pipestone deposit, which is very close to the museum itself.
We arrived just before 10 a.m. with a few other eager beavers. After a couple of hours just taking in the exhibits, doing the interactive things, staring at dinosaurs (that never gets old!) we went for a cup of tea and a snack. Then David got down to the serious business of photographing, and I hauled out the conte crayons and started drawing. I managed three drawings in the afternoon; Edmontosaurus (a duck-billed dinosaur without a bony ridge to its skull), Lambeosaurus (one with a bony crest) and Pachyrhinosaurus [PACK-ee-rye-no-SAUR-us](a ceratopsian with a big bony plate instead of a horn on its nose). I’ve loved getting back to my drawing, and just immersing myself in these three studies was wonderful!
This is the pachyrhinosaurus. While I was drawing, one of the staff, Tasha, came down and asked if she could take a picture of me all set up to draw, and if I would send her a photo of the finished drawing. When I was done I showed her all three and asked her if she would like to choose one. She enlisted the help of Terry and Jewel, and also Susan, the new CEO of the museum (and a Sault girl!). Together they decided on the pachy, to be framed and put up somewhere in the museum. I was floored, and thrilled!
From the left, Jewel, Terry and Tasha. They were so good to us, and I was really sorry to leave, but we had to get to Edmonton tonight – a whole other adventure in itself!
I would seriously recommend a visit to the Philip J Currie museum for anyone remotely interested in dinosaurs. It’s a small museum, but packed with great exhibits and lots of amazing interactive stuff. I loved the flock of pterosaurs!
Dr Fox was also impressed with the museum. He said hello to the pachyrhinosaurus…
…and reminds us all to wait one hour after eating before you go swimming with mosasaurs. If you go in too soon, then the mosasaur might get indigestion after it eats you. Be considerate when swimming with endangered or extinct species!
We got in rather late tonight, but we have an early start tomorrow for a second visit to the Royal Tyrrell in Drumheller. Time to sleep!