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Museum Displays

You can see Burgess Shale-related fossils, models and dioramas in North America at the Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, and in Europe  at the Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge (UK). The Field Museum in Chicago offers digital animations.


Some fossils are also presented at the Parks Canada Information Centre, in Field, British Columbia near the Burgess Shale itself, and in the headquarters of the Geological Survey of Canada in Ottawa.

Burgess Shale Webpages

These pages are hosted by holders of major Burgess Shale collections.

Royal Ontario Museum (in English only):
Geological Survey of Canada (in English and French):
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History (in English only):

Other Webpages of Interest

Parks Canada Burgess Shale information (in English and French): Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation (in English only): University of California Museum of Paleontology (in English only):
General sites about evolution and fossils (in English only):

General resources on trilobites (in English only)

More on the panoramic photographs of Charles Walcott at the Smithsonian Institution and the Vaux family fonds of photographs at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies (in English only).

TV Documentary

Sir David Attenborough’s documentary first released in the UK on BBC Two in November 2010, and as a two-hour program by Discovery Channel in the US, is about the earliest animals, including those from the Burgess Shale (in English only)

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