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“Great little place”

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 older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Maple Valley, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Great little place”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

This was a fun little place that my husband and I went to. We took in one of the shows at the Planetarium "Supervolcanoes" Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch which was very neat, it's included with admission and would recommend it. They make an announcement about 5 minutes before they close the doors to the show, so make sure to hustle if you want to catch it, once doors are closed that's it. Lots of great things to see, a couple of ladies behind glass were cleaning some rocks to uncover the mysteries within. I recommend setting a couple of hours aside to walk around and really enjoy what the museum and a show. There's a little gift shop onsite if you want to bring back a trinket, it's located at the entrance to your left as you walk in.

Visited November 2013
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Pullman, Washington
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“Excellent place to bring your kids”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

What you should do is become a member of your local science center. You can then use that membership card to go to science centers and community museums all over the US. We did this, and when visiting Bozeman we stopped into the Museum of the Rockies, where we ended up spending three hours. It was 14 bucks each (kids 4 and under free), but it was free for all of us with that card! We saw a show in their planetarium. Very nice. Then did the whole circuit of the museum. There was an outstanding dinosaur exhibit. For the overall size of the museum, that was pretty amazing. There were all sort of other things wild west, Native American exhibits, and a great exhibit highlighting Dr. Caroline McGill. I turns out that Dr. McGill spent all her extra money and time collecting things from the region and saving them for the founding of this museum. She even lived in a former WWII quonset hut for awhile right on the Montana State University campus. Part of the quonset and her livingroom are on display in the museum. It's great to see how one individual who is far-sighted can make such a positive impact on a community.

Visited November 2013
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Bozeman, Montana
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Outstanding Museum for a small town!”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

Enjoyed the dinosaur exhibit, pioneer history and native american history. Planetarium was fun and exciting. Tinley house is great! Nice gift shop and children's interactive play area. Just wish their was a snack bar or espresso bar, but at least Sola Cafe is close by!

Visited September 2013
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Orlando, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Very informative with great displays”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

My husband and I spent part of our day here. It is not only a museum about dinosaurs and fossils- they have a museum about Yellowstone, a planetarium, and a museum on the native Americans. They are all included with your admission. The dinosaur displays were pretty cool and provided a lot of good information. The planetarium had a movie about Super Volcanoes which was pretty interesting. This is a great place for adults and older kids (there was a lot of reading with the displays and it seemed like the younger children lost interest quickly). We spent about 3 hours here.

Visited October 2013
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Harwich Port, Massachusetts
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Comprehensive presentation of Yellowstone park history and huge collection of dinosaur skeletons”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

Since we were locked out of Yellowstone Park we decided to visit the Museum of the Rockies. We were not disappointed. We enjoyed a large exhibit focused on the history of Yellowstone Park, an interpretive display of the formation of the United States and a huge exhibit of dinosaur fossils. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to view the planetarium show.

If you are in Bozeman and are interested in historical information (especially dinosaurs) go to the Museum of the Rockies. Note also that they have special rates for Senior Citizens and Children.

Visited October 2013
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