Montana has some of the richest dinosaur fossils, with some of the most critical discoveries of these prehistoric creatures. A great way to find these discoveries is by taking the Montana Dinosaur Trail. Explore these 14 locations across the state, offering a better look into historical discoveries.
Travel the state to take the full trail; many museums associated with the dinosaur trail have unique paleontology displays, like real skeletons of dinosaurs and other fossils found in Montana. Many of these museums and interpretive centers have replicas of prehistoric creatures and other programs about life on earth long ago.
Certain facilities have programs and guided tours for visitors regularly scheduled or requested upon request. Some of these museums are affiliated with paleontology field digs that are available for the public to see. The Montana Dinosaur Center in Bynum, the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta, and the Carter County Museum in Ekalaks have opportunities for public paleontology field digs!
One of the most well-known museums along the trail is the Museum of the Rockies, which has the largest collection of the Tyrannosaurs Rex and Triceratops fossils worldwide. The museum, located in Bozeman, Montana, also has other exhibits that explore other Montana history and pre-history. The former Curator of Paleontology at the museum, Dr. Jack Horner, was the scientific advisor for the Jurassic Park movies!
Below are the ten other museums part of the Montana Dinosaur Trail:
- Blaine County Musem
- Fort Peck Interpretive Center
- Depot Museum
- Frontier Gateway Museum
- Mikoshika State Park
- Garfield County Museum
- Old Trail Museum
- H. Earl Clark Memorial Museum
- Upper Musselshell Museum
- Two Medicine Dinosaur Museum
- Also known as the Montana Dinosaur Center
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