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(Museums are listed alphabetically by state.)
Anniston Museum of Natural History
P.O. Box 1587
800 Museum Drive
Anniston, Alabama 36202
Direct Route: Located near Interstates 59 and 20, about two
miles north of downtown Anniston, at the intersection of U.S. 431
and state highway 21.
Highlights: The museum features an Albertosaurus (A close relative
of the Tyrannosaurus but smaller, with more backward-pointing teeth,
and a lower, longer-nosed skull.)
Discovery 2000 (Red Mountain Museum)
1421 22nd Street South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205-4199
Direct Route: Off Route 31 Red Mountain Expressway
Highlights: (Hands-on children's museum and picnic grounds).
University of Alaska Museum
907 Yukon Drive
Fairbanks, Arkansas 99775-1200
Highlights: Prehistoric exhibits include fossils and the remains of
a Blue Babe - an extinct Alaska steppe bison. Also featured are
the partial remains of a 21,000 year old mammoth.
Near Cameron, Arizona
Notes: Small area, located within the Hopi Indian Reservation. Tracks from
Dilophosaurus run along other dinosaur impressions. The spacing of a set
of tracks indicates that the dinosaur leaving those impressions was running
at a speed of 14.5 mph (23.3 kph).
Museum of Northern Arizona
Route 4, Box 720
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
Direct Route: North of Flagstaff on Route 180
Highlights: Dilophosaurus exhibit
Land of Kong Dinosaur Park
RR 2 Box 408
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
Direct Route: Located eight miles west of Eureka Springs, AR.
Go west on Highway 62 from Eureka Springs to Highway 187.
Highlights: Over 100 life-size replicas on 2 miles of road through
park that covers 65 acres. (Gift Shop)
California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California 94118-4599
Direct Route: Located in Golden Gate Park
Highlights: Exhibits include Deinonychus (small carnivores) and
Diatryma (eight-foot-tall flightless birds.) The academy also features
Museum of Paleontology,
University of California
3 Earth Sciences Building
Berkeley, California 94720
Direct Route: Located on the University of California, Berkeley
Highlights: Dinosaur collection features an exceptional cast of a
duck-billed dinosaur. Other features include fossil remains of an
Ichthyosaur and Plesiosaur.
Natural History Museum of
Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90007
Direct Route: Located in Exposition Park one block east of
Highlights: Extensive collection of dinosaurs including an Anthrodemus,
Stegosaurus, and a Tyrannosaurus (Gift shop).
San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado, Balboa Park
P.O. Box 1390
San Diego, California 92112
Direct Route: Within walking distance of the San Diego Zoo.
Highlights: A Nodosaurus and a full Allosaurus reconstruction are
featured at the museum. (Gift shop)
624 South B Street, Ste. A
Tustin, California 92680
Highlights: Order the skull of your favorite dinosaur. Call for
Wheel Inn Restaurant
Located northwest of Palm Springs on the north side of I-10, in Cabazon.
Hours: Open 24 hours
Highlights: Famous American roadside restaurant/attraction featuring great
food plus the restaurant's permanent residents -- two bigger-than-life
concrete dinosaurs. Both beasts, the 150 foot-long Brontosaurus, and the
65 foot-tall T-Rex have connecting stairs which lead into the giants. "Dinny,"
the Brontosaurus, houses a small museum and gift shop in his belly.
Denver Museum of Natural History
2001 Colorado Boulevard
Denver, Colorado 80205-5798
Direct Route: Located in City Park at the corner of Montview and
Highlights: Open fossil laboratories and gift shop.
South of Fruita, Colorado
Direct Route: Located on Highway 340 about 2 miles south of Fruita,
Hours: Open daily
Highlights: Hike a well- marked site of dinosaur finds.
Dinosaur National Monument
and Dinosaur Land Region
P.O. Box 210
Dinosaur, Colorado 81610
(Dinosaur Nature Association 1-800-845-DINO)
Direct Route: Located on Colorado Highway 6431 miles north
of Dinosaur, CO.
Highlights: Quarry and park with camping, canoeing, hiking and gift
362 Main Street
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501
Highlights: A seven-foot-long Brachiosaurus femur bone,
Dinamation robotic dinosaurs, and a paleontological laboratory.
5145 Harvey Tew Road
Plant City, FL 33565
Direct Route: Just north of I-4 at Exit 10 in Plant City, Florida. From I-4, turn North onto Branch Forbes Road. Take the first left to Harvey Tew Road. The Dinosaur World parking lot is on the left.
Highlights: Over 150 scientifically accurate, lifelike dinosaurs in a lush subtropical jungle
for visitor viewing. Dinosaur World also offers a museum, outdoor classroom, picnic areas, and a gift shop.
The park is open every day of the year. Group discounts and special programs available.
Garden Park Fossil Area &
Dinosaur Discovery Center
North of Cañon City, Colorado
Garden Park Paleontology Society
P.O. Box 313,Cañon City, Colorado 81215-0313
Bureau of Land Management: 719-275-0631
Direct Route: Located on County Highway 9 about eight miles north
of Cañon City, CO.
Highlights: Roadside monument to the famous discoveries of the 1870's.
The Garden Park Area is the oldest dinosaur quarry in the U.S. Many
fossils remain in the area, as possible new discoveries to be excavated.
The Visitors Center, planned for opening in March of 1995, will house
a Stegosaurus skeleton discovered from this historical site. The planned
Discovery Center will provide even more exiting educational opportunities
for visitors. For volunteer and membership info., please write to address
Purgatoire River Area
Purgatoire River, Colorado
Period: Late Jurassic
Notes: The world's longest continuous mapped trackway of dinosaur
footprints is located in an area along the Purgatoire River. A few of the
suspected dinosaurs leaving the prints are Iguanodon, Coelurus,
Apatosaurus, and Triceratops.
Rabbit Valley Quarry
Direct Route: Located thirty miles west of Grand Junction, Colorado
Hours: Open daily
Highlights: Self-guided tour through fossil site.
West of Grand Junction, Colorado 970-858-7282
Direct Route: Located at the intersection of Meadows Way and South
Hours: Open daily
Highlights: Well-marked trail of Elmer S. Riggs' Excavation site.
The remains of a Brachiosaurus were found here in 1900.
University of Colorado Natural History Museum
Broadway at 15th
University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado 80309
Highlights: Jurassic dinosaur remnants (Gift Shop)
Dinosaur Depot Museum
330 Royal Gorge Blvd
Cañon City, CO 81212
Toll Free: (800) 987-6379
Fax: (719) 269-7227
Dinosaur State Park
400 West Street
Rocky Hill, Connecticut
Direct Route: One-half mile east of Interstate 91 (Exit 23)
Highlights: Auditorium, discovery room, bookstore, gift shop, nature trails
and hands-on exhibits
The Peabody Museum of Natural History
170 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8118
Direct Route: Located at 170 Whitney Avenue (corner of Whitney Avenue
and Sachem Street)
Highlights: Many dinosaur skeletons including a Deinonychus, Apatosaurus,
Camptosaurus and Stegosaurus. (Gift shop)
Jacksonville Museum of Science and History
1025 Museum Circle
Jacksonville, Florida 32207
Highlights: The museum's main dinosaur exhibit is a complete Allosaurus
skeleton. (Gift shop)
Walt Disney World
(Universe of Energy)
P.O. Box 10,000
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Direct Route: EPCOT Center
Hours: Daily 9am-9pm
Highlights: The Universe of Energy brings the distant past to life with several
robotic dinosaurs in a realistic and dramatic surrounding. The exhibit's main
focus is on the natural creation of fossil fuels, and their use.
3737 Manoa Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday 9:30 am-5pm,
Highlights: Includes Dinamation's robotic dinosaurs
Idaho Museum of Natural History
Pocatello, Idaho 83209-0009
Direct Route: Located on the Idaho State University campus
Highlights: Robotic dinosaurs
Field Museum of Natural History
1200 S. Lakeshore Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Highlights: Dinosaur displays include a splendid Albertosaurus skeleton,
a Lambeosaurus and an eighty-foot long Apatosaurus skeleton.
Gift shop, bookstore and many other exhibits.
The Fryxell Geology Museum
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
Direct Route: Located in the New Science Building
Highlights: The museum's prehistoric exhibits feature ancient fossils,
and the skulls from a T. rex and a Triceratops. (Planetarium)
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Direct Route: Located near 30th and Illinois streets
Highlights: Gift shop and hands-on children exhibits.
Joseph Moore Museum
Richmond, Indiana 47374
Highlights: Prehistoric displays include the most complete known giant
beaver skeleton and a Mastodon. Gift shop, dinosaur fossils, Egyptian
mummy and live snakes are other attractions.
6500 Magazine St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
Direct Route: Located between St. Charles Avenue and the Mississippi River
Highlights: Hands-on museum and zoo.
National Museum of Natural
History Smithsonian Institution
Tenth Street and Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20560
Direct Route: On the National Mall between the Washington Monument
and the Capitol
Highlights: Full-scale realistic model of a Triceratops, and several additional
dinosaur displays including a Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus, and the longest-
known dinosaur, the Diplodocus. Gift shop, Insect zoo, films, lectures and
other special events.
The Museum of Comparative Zoology
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
Direct Route: Located on the Harvard University campus
Highlights: Skull of Triceratops found in Wyoming. Prehistoric exhibits include
a 42-foot Kronosaurus, and a Mastadon skeleton.
Museum of Science
Boston, Massachusetts 02114-1099
Highlights: Enjoy the completely remodeled and revitalized dinosaur
hall, with interactive exhibits and hands-on activities.
The T-rex model has also been redesigned according to most recent data available.
Theater and gift shop available.
01075 Amhurst Rd.
South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075
Direct Route: Located near the Granby town line
Highlights: Mineral and footprint gift shop, and quarry
Pratt Museum of Natural History
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
Direct Route: Located on the Amherst College campus
Highlights: Hands-on exhibits and gift shop.
Springfield Science Museum
236 State Street
Springfield, Massachusetts 01103
413-263-6800, ext. 322 or 472
Highlights: Full size replica of Tyrannosaurus rex, Hands-on exhibits
and gift shop.
Cranbrook Institute of Science
139221 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48303-0801
Highlights: Observatory, planetarium laser show and Gift shop.
1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1079
Direct Route: Located in the Ruthven Museum Building on the
University of Michigan campus
The Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
Highlights: Gift shop, Omni-theater, fossil preparation and mounting
St. Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
Highlights: Large models of T-Rex and Triceratops outside in Dinosaur Park.
Inside, dinosaur educational video and other prehistoric exhibits of local
interest. (Gift shop)
Carter County Museum
100 Main Street-Box 52
Ekalaka, Montana 59324
Highlights: Dinosaur specimens include a Pachycephalosaurus and Triceratops
skull, as well as a complete skeleton of a duck-billed Anatosaurus.
15 miles west of Choteau, Montana
Discoveries: Maiasaura, and other Hadrosaur nests and eggs discovered
in the area. Baby Maisaura bones also excavated from the site. The area is
the largest bone bed yet discovered in the world. An entire Maiasaura herd
appears to have died simultaneously from a volcanic eruption.
Museum of the Rockies
South 6th Street and Kagy Boulevard
Bozeman, Montana 59717-0040
Direct Route: Located on the south side of the Montana State University
Highlights: Full-scale models of Maiasaura and Triceratops. Also
on display is a Tyrannosaurus skeleton.
The Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, New Jersey 07960
Highlights: Model of a Stegosaurus, plus fossils, and Dinosaur tracks.
New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0530
Highlights: Gift shop, children's programs and summer fossil-collecting
Rutgers Geology Museum
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903
Direct Route: Located on the college campus, Geology building
Highlights: Dinosaur tracks, and a Mastodon skeleton.
Clayton Lake State Park
Clayton, New Mexico
Direct Route: Located about 12 miles north of Clayton, New Mexico
Highlights: Over 500 dinosaur tracks located
New Mexico Museum of Natural
History and Science
1801 Mountain Road N.W.
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
Direct Route: Located in Old Town Albuquerque
Highlights: Ice Age cave, saltwater aquarium, gift shop and
many dinosaur exhibits.
Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology
Ghost Ranch Conference Center
Abiquiu, New Mexico 87510
Highlights: Dinosaur displays from the Ghost Ranch quarry. A large
slab of fossil-laden rock is the museum's centerpiece. The Ghost Ranch
site has yielded more than 100 complete skeletons, which include Coelophysis.
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West
New York, New York 10024-5192
Direct Route: Located at Central Park West and 79th Street
Highlights: The American Museum of Natural History contains the largest collection
of dinosaur fossils of any museum in the world. Among the museum's displays are
the T. rex, Apatosaurus (formerly Brontosaurus), Stegosaurus and the world's largest
cast skeleton -- a Barosaurus, towering 55 feet above the museum floor.
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, New York 14211-1293
Highlights: A complete Allosaurus and Triceratops skeleton, hands-on
exhibits and gift shop.
North Carolina Museum of Life
433 Murray Avenue
Durham, North Carolina 27704
Direct Route: Located ten minutes from downtown Durham just off
Highlights: Gift shop and hands-on nature center.
North Carolina Museum
of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1029
Highlights: A Tyrannosaurus skull, a cast of an Archaeopteryx fossil, and a
Triceratops skull. Also at the museum are a fossil lab and gift shop.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
One Wade Oval Dr., University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-1767
Highlights: Skull from a Dunkleosteus terrelli ("terrible fish"),
a 70-foot-long Haplocanthosaurus delfsi (a sauropod related to Apatosaurus), and a skull
from a Nanotyrannus -- an advanced carnivore which could be a link between
dinosaurs and birds. (Gift shop)
Oklahoma Dinosaur Quarries
Kenton, Oklahoma 73946
Direct Route: Located on private property in Cimarron county, near
Kenton, Oklahoma. Please call Bonnie Heppard for appointments, directions and
Highlights: The quarries in Cimarron County have revealed bones
from an Apatosaurus, and Ice Age mammals. There are also Dinosaur tracks on
Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
2401 Chautauqua Ave.
Norman, Oklahoma 73072
Highlights: A baby Apatosaurus, and several prehistoric mammals
on display. (Gift shop)
The Prehistoric Gardens
36848 Highway 101 South
Port Orford, Oregon 97465
Direct Route: Located 12 miles south of Port Orford
Highlights: Dinosaur park with very large dinosaur sculptures, such
as a Brachiosaurus. (Gift shop)
The Academy of Natural Sciences
19th Street and the Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Highlights: Several magnificent dinosaur displays, which reflect
current scientific views of these creatures. Among the displays include a Deinonychus sculpture,
a T. rex skeleton, a Hadrosaurus skeleton and a replica of the recently
discovered Ultrasaurus leg -- 20 feet (6 meters) high! The academy also features dinosaurvideos.
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Highlights: The Carnegie Museum contains one of the finest collections
of dinosaur fossils in the world. Among the fossil displays are a 78-foot-long
Diplodocus, a Tyrannosaurus rex, an Apatosaurus, and a Stegosaurus. There are
hundreds of additional fossils, as well as pterosaurs, and Ice Age mammals.
Wagner Free Institute of Science
Montgomery Avenue and 17th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19121
Highlights: Fossils of Apatosaurus (formerly Brontosaurus), as well
as other fossils of historic significance.
Faith, South Dakota
Period: Late Cretaceous
Discoveries: The largest and most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus
rex was discovered on a ranch near Faith. Named after its discoverer, Susan
Hendrickson, Sue (the Tyrannosaurus) revealed new discoveries about skeletal
differences between males and female T. rex's. Since Sue's discovery in
1990, and the battle over her custody, two other T. rex specimens have been discovered
in the area.
Big Bend National Park
Direct Route: Located in southwestern Texas
Highlights: Remains of the largest pterosaur -- a Quetzalcoatlus
were found at Big Bend 1971. Other paleontological discoveries continue to be made in this
huge National Park.
Brazosport Museum of Natural Science
400 College Drive
Lake Jackson, Texas 77566
Highlights: Allosaurus skeleton, large shell collection, as well
as other Texas coastal fossils, lectures, tours, and fossil and shell identification services.
Dallas Museum of Natural History
3535 Grand Avenue in Fair Park
Highlights: The museum features fossils of Tenontosaurus, several
Ice Age mammal fossils, as well as a 31 foot (9.5 m) Mosasaur --a marine reptile from
the Late Cretaceous Period. (Gift shop)
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Glen Rose, Texas
Direct Route: Located about five miles north of Glen Rose, TX
Highlights: Along the banks of the Paluxy River are perhaps the
most well-known dinosaur tracks in the world. Three types of tracks can
be seen, left behind from large sauropods, two legged carnivores and
smaller two-legged herbivores. There are some footprints which resemble
human footprints, however, these have determined to be made from smaller,
bipedal dinosaurs. (Campsites available)
Fort Worth Museum of Science
1501 Montgomery Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Direct Route: From Interstate 30, take Montgomery Street exit and
go north on Montgomery Street. The museum is located about 3 blocks north
at the intersection of Montgomery and Crestline Avenue.
Highlights: The dinosaur specimens at the museum include skeletons
of a Tenontosaurus, a dramatic fossil display of an Allosaurus leaning over
its victim, the Camptosaurus. Outside is the children's Dinosaur Dig
playground, which is home to a realistic model of a Tenontosaurus. Also
outside is a very life-like (and ferocious) replica of an Acrocanthosaurus.
(Omni theater and gift shop)
Houston Museum of Natural Science
One Hermann Circle Drive
Houston, Texas 77030
Direct Route: Located near the Miller Outdoor Theater
Highlights: An excellent Diplocodus skeleton, robotic dinosaurs,
and mammal fossils. (Gift shop)
Museum of Texas Tech University
P.O. Box 43191
Lubbock, Texas 79409
Direct Route: Located at Fourth and Indiana Avenue
Highlights: Exhibits relative to west Texas paleontology, including
an Allosaurus display. Other exhibits cover prehistory to the present.
Robert A. Vines Environmental
8856 Westview Drive
Houston, Texas 77055
Highlights: An Allosaurus skeleton, Apatosaurus footprints, and
a Tyrannosaurus skull. Also at the center are an arboretum, bird
sanctuary and gift shop
The Science Place
1318 2nd Ave. Fair Park
Dallas, Texas 75315
Highlights: The Science Place features a robotic dinosaur exhibit.
Texas Memorial Museum
2400 Trinity Street
Austin, Texas 78705
Direct Route: Located on campus of the University of Texas at Austin
Highlights: Prehistoric exhibits cover an excellent pterosaur cast,
dinosaur tracks from Glen Rose, remains of a Diplodocus, Dimetrodon, and a
Glyptodon. (Gift shop)
Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry
A.B.Price, Utah 84501
Direct Route: Located on Highway 10, 10 miles south of Cleveland,
Highlights: Many fossils, covering several species of dinosaurs
were excavated from this area -- many were Allosaurus fossils.
(Visitor center and nature trail)
College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum
155 E. Main
Price, Utah 84501
Direct Route: Located in the back of the Municipal Building
Highlights: Dinosaur displays include an Allosaurus and a Stegosaurus.
The museum also has several dinosaur footprints. (Gift shop)
Dan O'Laurie Museum
118 East Center Street
Moab, Utah 84532
Direct Route: Located in downtown Moab, UT
Highlights: Dinosaur fossils and footprints.
Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail
Direct Route: Located 13 miles from Moab, UT. Turn off at Highway
Hours: Open daily
Highlights: The trails are self-guided through an area rich in dinosaur
fossils. A brochure obtained at the park explains what fossils can be seen.
Among the specimens in the area are: Allosaurus, Camptosaurus, and Stegosaurus.
Robert Rowley Dinosaur Tracks
305 South 100 East
Price, Utah 84501
Hours: Please call for times and information
Highlights: The dinosaur tracks are impressions which are protruding
from the ceiling in the Price River Coal Company mine in Spring Canyon, west of
Helper, Utah. Some of these footprint "stalactites" hang down the mine
ceiling about a foot.
Utah Field House of Natural History
and Dinosaur Gardens
235 East Main Street
Vernal, Utah 84078
Highlights: Fossils of Stegosaurus, Diplodocus, and Camarasaurus.
Dinosaur Gardens showcases several life-size dinosaurs (Gift shop)
Utah Museum of Natural History
At President's Circle
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Direct Route: Located on the University of Utah campus
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819
Direct Route: Located at Main and Prospect streets
Highlights: Plesiosaurus cast, Ice Age and other fossils. (Planetarium)
Virginia Museum of Natural History
1001 Douglas Avenue
Martinsville, Virginia 24112
Highlights: Age of Reptiles exhibit, which includes a robotic Triceratops
display, as well as other smaller dinosaur models. Guided tours to the Culpepper
Stone Quarry are available, allowing a view of dinosaur tracks. Dinosaur Please
call for reservations to tour the quarry.
Pacific Science Center
200 Second Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109
Highlights: Moving dinosaur exhibits, children's activities and
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1215 West Dayton Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
608-262-1412 (x 2399)
Direct Route: Located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus
Highlights: A mounted Edmontosaurus skeleton, a Mosasaur, Glyptodon,
a Mastodon, and other Ice Age mammas.
Milwaukee Public Museum
800 West Wells Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
Highlights: The museum in Milwaukee has a rare specimen remains
of a Torosaurus -- a relative of Triceratops. The skull is the world's largest
known dinosaur skull. Other fossils include rare skulls of the head-banging
Pachycephalosaurus. There are also Ice Age mammal exhibits, which include
examples of Mastodon hair. (Gift shop)
University of Wyoming Geological Museum
P.O. Box 3006
Laramie, Wyoming 82071-3006
Direct Route: Located at the University of Wyoming campus at the
S. H. Knight Geology Building
Highlights: Apatosaurus skeleton, a Maiasaura skeleton, and a cast
of fossilized dinosaur skin. Outside the museum is a copper sculpture
of a T. rex.