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“This is a MUST STOP for Dinosaurs Lovers!”

Museum of the Rockies
Ranked #1 of 62 things to do in Bozeman
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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12 reviews
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“This is a MUST STOP for Dinosaurs Lovers!”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Dinosaur exhibit is world class! We listened in on a tour and the guide was so knowledgeable. Best part, they have a children's learning/play area about Yellowstone. So while the kids learned hands on, I had a moment to read. And they have wonderful outside exhibits too, the Tinsley House was like stepping back in time. Our only disappointment was that the touch screens for the dino exhibit may need to be replaced but other than that we all learned a lot and had a wonderful afternoon here.

Visited August 2013
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“So impressed with "Scientific Method" explanations!”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

We were so impressed by the dinosaur exhibit at Museum of the Rockies. The curators of the exhibit don't just want to present their conclusions about each dinosaur fossil as "fact," they want to help the visitors see how each conclusion is drawn from various pieces of evidence. We loved this approach. For example: each piece of information posted on the wall next to a diorama or exhibit explains how the scientists drew their conclusions about the findings being displayed. If you take the time to read, you will learn about how scientists make hypotheses based on the information they got from each dig site, and then you'll read how a combination of hypotheses can lead to theories and conclusions being drawn.

We also caught one of the planetarium shows, and we thought it was better than what we'd seen at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago!

My husband and I budgeted 2 hours for this museum, but it was not enough time. We would love to return!

Visited August 2013
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Arlington, VA, USA
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“Great museum for families”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

The permanent exhibits focus on dinosaurs and geography. The displays are very impressive. The planetarium has shows every couple of hours and those are well worth seeing; we stayed for the show about stars/planets and the aurora borealis show. The museum is not big, and if you're an adult with an advanced degree in history or anthropology, you may not be too impressed with what it has to offer. But if you're bringing younger children (5-11) they will almost certainly enjoy it immensely.

Visited August 2013
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“History almost comes to life with interactive displays and exhibits.”
Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

The museum has permanent exhibits of prehistoric animals and geology. A section of Montana history includes a working farm and the Lewis and Clark discovery area. Both are outside and are only open during the summer months. Younger children will love the discovery area located inside the museum. The planetarium is always a great stop. The museum also features traveling displays which rotate every few months.

Visited June 2013
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Natick, Massachusetts
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“Need better introduction process for visitors, especially a map!”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

With so many outstanding exhibits, they really could make it a better experience for visitors by just doing some of the basics when a visitor comes to the front desk. In our case, it probably had something to do with what looked to be two students from the college manning the desk (one of who was playing on his smart phone). This being our first time to the museum, we were expecting at least a 30 seconds explanation of what was available. All we got was 'most people start at the dinosaur exhibit and work there way around. Not even a mention of the planetarium.

It would have especially been helpful to have either a map given to us or at a minimum a map at the front desk showing where the different exhibits were (it appears that even their web site does not have a map). In the exhibit area, it is not that apparent how to transition from one exhibit area to another. To get out of the dinosaur area, we actually backtracked to the front and started back through the space exhibit. Some discrete signs pointing the way would have solved this.

This is a shame because the exhibits are really good. Yes, school age children are their primary focus but older adults can learn something too (I learned what the word 'Neoteny' means).

We especially enjoyed the Montana homestead that was outside the museum but included in the admission cost. Here, they had interpreters dressed in period clothing and who were very helpful in answering questions. They also had a productive flower and vegetable garden with heirloom plants.

We would have rated this much higher if we had just had a better greeting and explanation when we started (and the people were polite, just not very informative)

Visited August 2013
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