Monday, September 25 was a special day for Drumheller's Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.
It was exactly 32 years since then-Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed cut the ribbon to open the province's first dinosaur museum.
"We've been so busy that this one kind of snuck up on us," admitted Executive Director Andy Neuman. "We don't celebrate necessarily every year, but we try to set something up every five years or so, or on the bigger milestones."
"I took a quick look at the total number of people that have come here (and) as of the Labour Day Weekend this year we've had over 13 million," he outlined. "That's somewhere around 400,000 people a year on average; and the last couple or three years have been exceptional years and I think we're going to have one of the best on record this year."
The museum staff are extra busy because of a $9.3 million expansion project that will add 1,300 square metres of learning and exhibition space. Work on that got underway in August.
"In October we're going to be opening our annual Fossils in Focus exhibit, which is the celebration of new things that have been discovered or new publications, that sort of thing," added Neuman. "We're working on all kinds of things associated with the expansion, including an upgrade to one of our exhibits upstairs."
The work isn't expected to be finished until February or March of 2019.