Dinosaurs Rock at the Museum of the Rockies

Published: 10/13/13 4:05 AM in North America, Travel.

While we stayed in Bozeman, Montana we decided to spend a day learning about dinosaurs at the Museum of the Rockies! The Museum of the Rockies, also known as MOR, has a vast collection of dinosaur fossils and houses some of the most famous dinosaur specimens in the world. The museum is affiliated with Montana State University in Bozeman and the Smithsonian Institution. So it is safe to say that it is a quality museum.

The Exhibits at the Museum of the Rockies

There were quiet a few different exhibits to explore at the Museum of the Rockies, all of which contained a plethora of information and interactive displays. These MOR exhibits included the Taylor Planetarium, Welcome to Yellowstone!, the Siebel Dinosaur Complex, Martin Children’s Discovery Center, Paugh Regional History Hall, and the Living History Farm.

My main piece of advice to anybody visiting the Museum of the Rockies is to arrive early. There is so much see and do inside the museum that it is hard to see it all before the it closes. Since we went after Labor day, summer hours were over and the museum closed at 5pm which meant we had to rush through some of the exhibits because of the lack of time. During summer hours, the Museum of the Rockies if open from 8am – 8pm, giving visitors plenty of time to explore.

Also, be sure to leave yourself plenty of time for the gift shop because it is filled with interesting souvenirs and gifts. It is an absolute dream land for any adult or child interested in Dinosaurs!

Our Visit to the Museum of the Rockies

During our visit, we spent the majority of our time meandering through the Siebel Dinosaur Complex. This is probably the most well known part of the museum since it is so iconic of the area’s history in the world of paleontology. The displays were very extensive and included a digitally interactive area with videos and puzzles for children.

We also took a break from walking the exhibits and enjoyed a presentation in the Taylor Planetarium, The Big Sky Tonight – Summer. It was a very informative and interesting look at the stars as they appear in the night sky above Bozeman. The show included an explanation of the constellations and a peek deep into space at what makes up a globular star.

The Martin Children’s Discovery Center was also very cool and exceedingly cute. The creative displays allowed kids to play and learn about the nearby, Yellowstone National Park. The area even included an air powered recreation of Old Faithful.





The whole group narrowly escaped being devoured by the resident Tyrannosaurus Rex that stands in front of the museum of the Rockies, Big Mike. Luckily, we made it out alive and were able to visit the rest of the museum.




The Siebel Dinosaur Complex was filled with both casts and original fossils of varying sizes. The Museum of the Rockies is actually home to the largest fossil of a T. Rex skull, which is displayed proudly within the museum.



There is a part of the museum that allows you to peek into the working part of the facility. Inside, paleontologist are cleaning up fossils and casts to display within the museum.




The planetarium was a spectacular addition to the Museum of the Rockies. It was very relaxing to sit back and take a deeper look into the cosmos above Bozeman.




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