Tyrrell Museum celebrates 10-Millionth Visitor

Drumheller - Just after 5 pm on Thursday, August 19, Dayton Stachniak of Edmonton was officially recognized as the Royal Tyrrell Museum's 10-millionth visitor since the facility opened in 1985. Staff of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, including Executive Director Andrew Neuman, welcomed nine year-old Dayton, his parents Lisa and Jeff Stachniak, and friend Anthony Chinni with a bouquet of balloons, commemorative t-shirts and an honour guard of two local RCMP officers.
"We were joking with my parents before we came here when we heard about the 10 millionth visit," laughed Lisa Stachniak. "And now that it's Dayton, I just can't believe it. It's fantastic." Dayton and the group received free admission, gifts from the museum gift shop and an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the museum. Dayton also receives a unique 'Discover Alberta' prize package offering free passes to more than 25 attractions across the province, enough to keep him and his family busy having fun for the next year.
"In the 25 years since it opened its doors, the Royal Tyrrell Museum has become renowned across Canada and around the world," said Premier Ed Stelmach. "Its scientific team has made many important discoveries and the museum staff has worked hard to make priceless memories for 10 million visitors. All Albertans can be proud of the Royal Tyrrell Museum."
"My heartiest congratulations to Dayton Stachniak as the Royal Tyrrell Museum's 10-millionth visitor. I am very pleased that he and his family were able to mark the museum's 25th anniversary with a special visit highlighting all of what makes the Royal Tyrrell an Alberta treasure."
The Royal Tyrrell Museum also invites everyone to anniversary celebrations September 17, 18, and 19 in conjunction with Alberta Arts Days and the official Royal Tyrrell Museum birthday party on Saturday, September 25.
For more information, visit the website at www.tyrrellmuseum.com or call 403-823-7707 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access in Alberta).