The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology sees thousands of visitors in a season, and you never think about all the dirt and dust that comes with them.

"Today, we were doing our annual gallery clean, once a year we do a really deep clean of all of our exhibit pieces. So, opening up our cases, cleaning everything out, and RTMP GalleryCleaning2Courtesy of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Drumheller, Canadamaking sure that any dust bunnies that have been collecting over the last few months get removed," explained the Head of Preparation Lab, Dr Lorna O'Brien.

O'Brien goes on to say that it is a very big job. You would be surprised at the amount of dust that collects on the smooth looking dinosaur replicas.

"A lot of our cases are open, or not even in cases at all. So they will have open tops on them, or a lot of the exhibits in Dinosaur Hall are wide open. The landforms there can collect a lot of dirt and debris. In addition to the Dinosaurs themselves just collecting dust and need to clean them off," continued O'Brien.

The process takes the whole day, and DrumFM was told that no outside personnel were allowed inside because of safety concerns, stressing the magnitude of the job.

"We do the constant cleaning in the galleries, on an ongoing basis. In the fall and then again in the spring we will do a smaller clean before we get really busy the summer," concluded O'Brien.

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