Museum of the Rockies
Museum of the Rockies
4.5
Natural History Museums • Science Museums • Observatories & Planetariums • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University is a Smithsonian Affiliate, recognized as one of the world's finest research and history museums. It is renowned for displaying an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils, including a T. rex skeleton! MOR delights visitors with changing exhibits from around the world, permanent indoor and outdoor regional history exhibits, planetarium shows, educational programs, insightful lectures, benefit events, and a museum store. Snack and beverage vending machines are located in the lower lobby. There are numerous cafes and restaurants nearby.
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LABDRB
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Made a last minute decision to visit this museum in Bozeman, Montana. Next to, and affiliated with Montana State University and now apparently the Smithsonian Institution. Had no idea what to expect and thought it might be more geared toward children, but surprisingly it wasn’t. There were fairly in-depth exhibit, with well written out explanations as to who discovered the fossils and bones, and where. Theories were also discussed on the written descriptions. We didn’t realize Montana was home to many rare and extinct species that were millions of years old and discovered/uncovered in the 1980s and 1990s. The museum is known for its paleontological collections, but we were also surprised to see other areas of interest including artifacts from the Vikings, Yellowstone maps and stories from the 1800s as well as a surry, model T and a buggy manufactured in Columbus, Ohio. We spent about an hour and a half at this museum - the outdoor area was closed for the season. We spent about and hour and a half there, but if you really took your time, it might take up to three hours to read about all of the history and perhaps attend one or two of the Taylor Planetarium shows they have throughout the day. Two adults, with no discounts runs about $30. Parking was free. There was a kids focus area up on the second floor.
Written September 12, 2021
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radx4
Ellicott City, MD2,243 contributions
If you are visiting Bozeman Montana, I highly recommend visiting the Museum of the Rockies. The museum is in natural history museum featuring a large collection of dinosaur bones recovered from all over Montana and the western United States. It also contains an exhibit featuring Native American tribes of the region as well as the history and settlement of Western Montana and the Yellowstone area.

The dinosaur exhibits are the focus and centerpiece of the museum. I was surprised at the number of samples that have been collected by the museum and the quality with which they've been preserved and restored. There are plenty of displays to keep kids of all ages entertained.

I also enjoyed the exhibits detailing the history of the people who settled the area. It was interesting to hear what early life was like in the wild west. Even seeing the ordeal that a 6-day coach ride would have been like just to visit Yellowstone really puts things in perspective in contrast with the conveniences and technologies of our modern world.

I would highly recommend visiting the Museum of the Rockies if you were in the area. Is worth spending at least a few hours learning about the natural history of this region.
Written July 25, 2021
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donnaweaves
San Francisco, CA41 contributions
Couples
This is a wonderful museum! One of my favorites in the world! This was our second visit here and I highly recommend it. The entry fee is very reasonable. There is something here for everyone. But the dinosaur section is the best I have ever seen. The descriptions include the name of the paleontologist(s) who made the discovery and a citation of the paper about the discovery! Finally a museum who gives the scientists credit! Even if you are not into dinosaurs this exhibit is worth your time. And if you are into dinosaurs plan your Montana trip around this museum.

They have accurate descriptions of the scientific method and great explanations debunking a lot of the “fake science” found on the internet.

There are wonderful exhibits about Montana history, Native Americans and more. The traveling exhibit was about Vikings with some pretty amazing items.

The planetarium is included in the admission price and we went to two shows.

Plan to spend all day at this museum. It includes a children’s discovery center which we did not visit, but based on the quality of everything else here it will be great.

The only food at the museum are some vending machines in the basement, but there is a nice lunch spot at the big intersection nearby.
Written August 27, 2021
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Buckminster_Fievre
Wisconsin205 contributions
We stopped off at The Museum of the Rockies during our epic road trip across Wisconsin, Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Montana. While I'd been many times while a student at MSU, my wife had never been and I really wanted to share the place with her.

That said, my memories of the museum were a bit over-glorified. At $18 USD a pop, we were both pretty underwhelmed. Especially compared with institutions we've visited together like the Royal BC Museum in Victoria where $5 CAD gets you a whole lot more.

I'm not suggesting that you not visit this museum. For Montana, you won't do much better. Just don't expect too much, yeah?
Written September 23, 2022
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Nostalgiyeah
Bothell, WA1,823 contributions
The Museum of Rockies is a vibrant museum with a rich collection of artefacts. While the contents of the museum can be bucketed primarily to geological, anthropological and paleontological collections, it is certain to interest folks who are not necessarily connected to any of these domains. There is a planetarium at the entrance to the museum which hosts shows every hour, on the hour (and there is a long line to make it to the hourly shows!). The most impressive part of the museum, for me, was the section on dinosaurs. There are a number of fossils found in this part of the country, and the Museum of Rockies is an integral part of the study and exploration of dinosaur fossils. There are life size structures of some dinosaurs, including that of a T. Rex, reconstructed chiefly using fossils which are indeed unique and amazing! The full T. Rex display is accompanied by a number of T. Rex skulls at various stages of dinosaur growth and the discovery and excavation of T. Rex fossils in Montana is described in riveting detail! While the dinosaur displays are the eye-catchers, there are also a number of displays, fossils and pictorial depictions about other species that existed many millennia ago, which help paint a holistic picture of the evolution of life.

Most of the museum is dedicated to Jurassic era fossils, but worth mentioning are the other sections of the museum. One of them related to more recent history of Yellowstone National Park - the rise and popularization of the park. There was a life size replica of the bison, and a number of displays about the various shops and geysers of Yellowstone. The museum also features an exhibit of Indians in the area and the impact of settlers on the life and culture of Indian communities of the West. It was a well curated section of the museum. Also on display when we visited was a special section dedicated to Vikings, which contained some Viking related display items. There was a nice gift shop as well, located near the museum entrance. The presence of this wide collection of items touching a variety of fields makes this museum an ideal stop for anyone visiting Bozeman.
Written August 14, 2021
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harryatkck
Kansas City, KS936 contributions
This museum has a T-Rex, a large dinosaur exhibit area, a Yellowstone exhibit area, a Viking exhibit area & more. I'm glad we came here, but the $16.50 adult admission fee for adults is pricy. Also the web site states that most people spend 4 hours here. What do they do? My wife & I looked at everything in a little under 1 1/2 hours.
Written August 23, 2021
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iubitul78
Brooklyn, Ny12 contributions
The reason to visit is definitely the dinosaur exhibits with fossils from throughout Montana and neighboring states. Exhibits on Yellowstone and Native Americans were also informative but seemed dated and in need of refreshment to ensure more local voices and agency. There are also traveling exhibits and a planetarium with hourly shows. Note that masks are only recommended and many patrons seem to eschew this advice. If you are keeping to COVID-safety protocols, it may mean foregoing some areas of the museum like the Planetarium which may be disappointing. Perhaps the museum might consider requiring masking in the Planetarium since it is not possible to maintain a social distance or alternatively offer 1 or 2 shows per day where masking is required to ensure high-risk visitors can safely experience this exhibit?
Written February 5, 2022
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sashack
Knoxville, TN28 contributions
Couples
A visit to this museum was one of the highlights of our trip to the Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Bozeman area. The history section was quite informative. The dinosaur and fossil exhibits were one of the best I've ever seen and the visiting exhibit of Viking artifacts was an unexpected treat. I would highly recommend that anyone in the Bozeman area should take a morning or afternoon and visit this wonderful museum.
Written June 9, 2021
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Quiggles
Havre, MT7 contributions
My kids liked the dinosaurs, and the planitarium was really cool. But my favorite part was the living history farm and the people working there. Walking through an actual farm house with all the period appropriate items in it was really interesting - having some ladies and gentlemen there showing how things were done in that time while in period dress just really put it over the top. They were very ready to answer questions and make suggestions for things to search out - my son was asked to find the pig. I would make the drive again just for that little bit of history - thank you!
Written July 20, 2022
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eddi10c
Edinburgh, UK403 contributions
Couples
The museum bit really encompasses the dinosaur exhibit which is really interesting to young and older alike. It’s well put together and informative. The staging of the exhibit will excite children and educate adults.
The second major part covers the indigenous native tribes. As a foreigner to the US this was particularly interesting though it took the form of lots of infographic displays rather than exhibits. A fascinating and interesting insight which gives lots of pause for thought.
It’s a very modern building so well laid out. An hour is sufficient but more time deserved.
It’s a nice 35/40 min walk for the centre of town through the leafy historic district and university campus. Worth the effort.
Written September 24, 2022
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  • Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM