Great Plains Dinosaur Museum

Great Plains Dinosaur Museum, Malta: Address, Phone Number, Great Plains Dinosaur Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Great Plains Dinosaur Museum

Great Plains Dinosaur Museum
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Closed for the winter. During winter we are only open by special appointment for school groups or groups of 5 or more adults. Please contact us to arrange a special tour date. Regular hours resume in May. Located on US 2 in Malta the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum showcases some of Montana's best preserved dinosaurs - you will see REAL fossil remains of Hadrosaurs, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Sauropods, raptor dinosaurs, and others who once roamed the great plains of Montana. Also displayed is a stunning variety of fish, invertebrates including ammonites, lobsters, rare crabs and plants. Don't miss the fossil prep lab and unique gift store onsite. The summer season also features digs and educational programs for youth and adults. See website for dig program details and scheduling. Please email or call with any questions!
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Anne K
Fullerton, CA178 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
We were traveling Hwy 2 and didn’t realize we were following the Dinosaur Trail. Stopped at the museum which is small but very nice with wonderful exhibits including a Guinness Book of World Records best preserved dinosaur. Young man was very knowledgeable about area geology and finds. Fun short stop right off Hwy 2.
Written July 16, 2021
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Erica J
23 contributions
Aug 2015
We came to Montana for the experience of fossil hunting and discovered that the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum has a dig program designed for children (one of the only ones we could find). In my daughter's words "it was one of my most favorite things I have ever done. I liked looking for and cleaning the fossils. I liked the digging at the dig site, that was awesome..it was one of my most favorite things in the whole world".
Written August 6, 2015
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Nolan P
8 contributions
Jun 2019
We were a group of five old men from Washington state who traveled for two days to get to Malta with little or no sleep. We loved the museum. We had to correct the curator on one small fact as she kept calling the mummy dinosaur Leonardo "he." Leonardo was obviously a she since she was a mummy. Duh! We had a great time
Written July 15, 2019
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Montanagirl1
Kalispell, MT99 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Spent 5 days doing the Montana Dinosaur Trail and while we loved them all, this one was extra Fantastic! The front desk gentleman /paleontologist (and Bobcat!!) was extra helpful explaining things to us and made it more personable. Both museums in Malta were great!
Written July 12, 2020
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bryonia2015
Brisbane, Australia720 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
The museum is an eclectic mix of dinosaurs found locally, Indian artifacts from local Plains Indians and another half dozen "rooms" or exhibits of settlers items or local inhabitants donations (like the now defunct Post Office) ranging from the 1700's to the 1950's. The lady running the museum generously gave us her time, information and lots of brochures to interest us in Montana, of which she is immensely proud. She showed us the difference between original Indian beading with Porcupine Quills and that made with beads which they traded for furs. (I always wondered why they would want coloured beads however once you see the enormous number of decorated clothing items, or the beading on halters and leads for their horses, it starts to become logical. ) A 1950's kitchen was packed full of useful items for the housewife and no doubt, in future years, the kids will laugh at the ice box and laminated tables. Upstairs is a large collection of musical instruments and medicals items. A book on the Geology of the Great Plains was a treasured find. Small towns like Malta are often blessed with volunteer historians who generously donate their time to create a gem like this museum for future generations.
Written August 21, 2017
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Raider R
4 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Passed through on our way to Wolf Point last week. While being a small exhibit, it is a very nice place filled with friendly staff and fun interactive displays.
Written July 26, 2015
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Shannon S
7 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
We visited the museum to take our daughter on the dinosaur dig program. This was an excellent program where we drove out about 15 miles outside of town and went looking for dinosaur fossils. The kids learned what to look for, found a variety of bones and mapped the larger ones they found. We then went back to the lab and learned how to repair the fossils and how they are studied and prepared for display. Our daughter was so excited to find real fossils and learn more about the geology of fossils and biology of dinosaurs. It was the best possible way to learn about dinosaurs and some science.
Written September 10, 2014
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MaltaMontana
Montana14 contributions
Sep 2012
You will find the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum very modern facility and attractive for a small museum. The folks will welcome you here will be happy to answer any and all questions. You may want to check out the worlds best preserved dinosaur - Leonardo- most all the internal organs and skin is preserved. This find has caused much of what they thought they knew about dinosaurs to be changed.
Written May 5, 2013
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Reba L
Tyler, TX1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Friends
It really sucks that it's closed during winter I would have loved to go and see it as I love dinasors and am stuck her for the weekend.

It's in a building so why be closed ???
Written January 7, 2022
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MinotGirl
Minot, ND208 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
We stopped by here on our way home to ND as we were driving through. I had heard about it from a friend who had stopped about a week before. What a great little museum. It’s pretty inexpensive, $5 per adult, $3 per child aged 5 and older, and kids 5 and under are free. The exhibits are wonderful. Many of them are touch exhibits and the majority of the fossils here are found locally. The lady at the front counter had a ton of information about their dinosaurs like where they were found and what made some of them unique. We loved it, and our son, who is absolutely in love with dinosaurs, was in his own little paradise. We will be back!
Written June 27, 2018
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