One Of The World's Largest Collections Of Dinosaur Bones Is Hiding Out Here In Montana
It’s no secret that Montana was once a mecca for dinosaurs — in fact, we have an entire
dinosaur trail. And if you’re curious about our state’s prehistoric past, there’s no better place to be than Bozeman’s Museum of the Rockies. The museum holds one of the world’s largest collections of dinosaur bones.
The Museum of the Rockies is located at 600 W Kagy Blvd. in Bozeman.
The museum is a college-level division of Montana State University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
To say the collection of fossils is impressive would be a huge understatement...
...in fact, the Siebel Dinosaur Complex holds the country’s largest collection of North American dinosaur fossils.
And the fossils here consist entirely of discoveries made in and around Montana.
One of the most impressive exhibits is Big Mike, who greets visitors at the entrance.
In 1990, these fossils were excavated by the Museum of the Rockies paleontology crew. Using a mold created directly from the bones, the skeleton was cast in bronze, making it the first life-size bronze T. Rex in the world.
Researchers come from all over the world to study these fossils.
We're incredibly lucky to have this collection in our state.
The Museum of the Rockies is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Parking is free, and admission, which gives you access to the museum for two full days, is $14.50.
It’s important to appreciate Montana’s massive collection of fossils. At
this privately owned ranch, you can even dig for them yourself.
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