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Wyoming Dinosaur Museum

110 Carter Ranch Road, Thermopolis, WY 82443
307-864-2997
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Thermopolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Science Museums, Children's Museums, Hot Springs/ Geysers, Tours
Activities: Dig (archeology), Arts and crafts
Owner description: The Wyoming Dinosaur Center displays over 30 mounted dinosaurs, hundreds of displays and dioramas, a preparation lab with visitor viewing and active... more » Owner description: The Wyoming Dinosaur Center displays over 30 mounted dinosaurs, hundreds of displays and dioramas, a preparation lab with visitor viewing and active dig sites. Take a one of a kind tour to an actual dig site and see dinosaur bones preserved in the ground. Go on an adventure and participate in our Dig for the Day program. This program is for families and individuals. There are no age restrictions however children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. We also offer a Shovel Ready dig for an afternoon of fun. « less
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Nashville, Tennessee
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We were trying to go on one of the Museum's all day digs, but unfortunately all the spots were reserved for the day. So, if you want to do this, plan/call ahead to get you a spot. I think it would have been amazing. The museum in itself is full of dinosaurs and other interesting artifacts. Well worth the $10/person... More

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Perth, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Whilst a little difficult to find this is a gem of a museum with a presentation of information and exhibits to rival many of its more well-known celebrity institutions (such as Chicago's Field). In particular the sheer number of actual fossils (not casts or replicas) impressed. What externally looked like an unimpressive large shed from the outside situated in an... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Apparently this is available in some areas of the country, but I had never heard of the ability to participate in a working dinosaur dig. As Andrew pointed out, this area is also unique in how close it is to the town (minutes from Thermopolis). Learned a ton, gained new insight into other museums (cast versus real bones), and worked... More

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spring city, ut
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

we had a couple of grandkids who were too young to appreciate it, but those over 6 enjoyed it. It has some very interesting specimens and you can watch volunteers cleaning bones.

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Buffalo NY
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Where else can one wander unmolested in an excellent natural history museum centered on paleontology of the area. And then participate in a real dinosaur dig? And have awe inspiring delights for both children fond of dinosaurs and amateur paleontologists anxious to "dig" a little deeper? A wonderful place to marvel once again at nature. Not to be missed!

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Bozeman, Montana
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We stopped here because we are interested in all dinosaurs. They have lots of skeletons and writeups about the different branches of dinosaur families. The gift shop was nice with a wide range of prices for a book or souvenir to take home with you. Large display and well worth the entrance fee as this is a private museum.

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Tustin, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great dig for a day! We dug as a family with our excellent guide for a day Angela. After a morning digging, refueled (sandwiches and snacks) then off to the lab to clean real bones with dental instruments and drills. Awesome museum tour at the end. Tremendous day if your family likes real life adventures and digging in the dirt!

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Thermopolis, Wyoming
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We don't have as much as a big city would, but if you want real dinosaur bones and fun things for kids to do, this is the place!

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Denver
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22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This site has a lot of good exhibits. Some replica's are displayed, but they are clearly marked on the signs. The fossil collections was pretty fascinating. We did not have the time for the dig site, but I hope to come back and try that.

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Bourbonnais, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The museum was great, but even better was the dinosaur dig. We had great guides, Angela and Nikki. We had a child who has Asperger's and they were accommodating for him. Who gets s chance to find dinosaur bones?!? It was awesome! We came away with many small Dino fragments. My daughter, found a camarasaurus tooth! We had to leave... More

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