The Montana Dinosaur Trail

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Old Trail Museum Upper Musselshell Museum H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum Phillips County Museum Makoshika Dinosaur Museum Two Medicine Dinosaur Center Museum of the Rockies Rudyard Depot Museum Blaine County Museum Dinosaur Field Station Garfield County Museum Fort Peck Interpretive Center and Museum Makoshika State Park Carter County Museum
 

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Carter County Museum,
Ekalaka

Exhibits

This is Montana's first county museum and the first to display dinosaurs found in the state. Its exhibits include a mounted skeleton of Anatotitan copei (one of a few nearly complete skeletons of this species found) as well as a complete skull of Triceratops. The badlands around Ekalaka have also produced pachycephalosaurs, mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, ankylosaurs, the first and most complete juvenile T. rex, and the only known pterosaur from the Hell Creek Formation. Mounts and casts of all of these are on display along with other real dinosaur bones.

 


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Makoshika State Park, Glendive

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Makoshika (meaning "bad land" in Lakota) is part of the late Cretaceous Hell Creek Formation; more than ten different dinosaur species have been discovered in Makoshika. Significant finds include a complete Triceratops horridus skull (on display at the park's Visitor Center), fossil remains of Edmontosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex and a nearly complete skeleton of the rare Thescelosaur.

  • Open year-round;
    camping sites available.
  • Hours of operation available at http://stateparks.mt.gov/makoshika/,
    406-377-6256.
  • Located 1.4 mi. S.E. of downtown on Snyder Ave., follow State Park/Dinosaur Track signs.

 


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Frontier Gateway Museum, Glendive

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frontier-gateway-museum-tmAn official county museum located in the heart of the Hell Creek Formation rich with Cretaceous fossil remains. Full size replicas of Stegoceras found in the Glendive area are on display along with fossils from Triceratops, Hadrosaurs, Thescelosaurus, aquatic, and plant fossils. Open Daily Memorial Day-Labor Day. Guided tour available upon request.

 


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Garfield County Museum, Jordan

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The Garfield County Museum features Cretaceous fossils from the Hell Creek Formation. The first T. rex ever discovered was found near Jordan in 1902! Free attractions include a full T. rex skull, full-size Triceratops replica, and a Pachycephalosaur domed skull.

 

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Fort Peck Interpretive Center
and Museum, Fort Peck

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The Fort Peck Interpretive Center's signature attraction is "Peck's Rex™," one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons ever found. The lobby features a life-size replica model of Peck's Rex, and the exhibit hall displays a full-size skeleton cast. A Cretaceous Sea display and several other dinosaur exhibits are also highlighted.

 

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Blaine County Museum, Chinook

Exhibits

The Blaine County Museum's Paleontology Department displays a dozen Judith River Formation exhibits including Hadrosaur, Gorgosaurus, and Ankylosaurus fossils from the area. Remains of gigantic marine reptiles Mosasaur and Plesiosaur are featured, along with invertebrates from the area's ancient ocean (75-500 million years ago). In the Look, Touch, and Wonder room guests can handle fossils of sea creatures, plants, and dinosaurs that roamed this area millions of years ago.

  • Open all year.
  • Hours of operation available at www.blainecountymuseum.com,
    406-357-2590.
  • Free.
  • Located 4 blocks off US Hwy 2,
    501 Indiana Street.

 

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Exhibits

Exhibits

Unique paleontology displays, interpretation, replicas or actual skeletons of dinosaurs and other fossils found in Montana.

Programs

Programs

Facility provides public/visitor education programs and/or guided tours of paleontology displays associated with the facility. Regularly scheduled or upon request.

Field Digs

Field Digs

Facility operates or is formally affiliated with organization(s) conducting paleontology field digs open to the public. Strict adherence to the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Code of Ethics is required.

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Phillips County Museum, Malta

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Phillips County MuseumThe Phillips County Museum features fossil discoveries from the nearby Judith River Formation (late cretaceous period, 77 million years ago). Features include a 33-foot long skeleton of "Elvis" the Brachylophosaurus, one of the best articulated dinosaur skeletons ever found, a complete T. rex skull, and a dynamically posed 28' skeleton of an early T. rex cousin, Albertosaurus. Pose with a 700-pound Apatosaurus femur and shop in the gift store.

 

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Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and Field Station, Malta

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Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and Field StationLocated in the heart of "dinosaur country," the museum features many extraordinary fossils: fish, invertebrates, turtles, plants, crocodile and a variety of Jurassic and Cretaceous dinosaur species, such as Triceratops, Stegosaurus, new species of Sauropod and raptor, and superbly preserved juvenile and adult hadrosaurs. Summer field dig programs are offered for adults and children. Preparatory lab, gift store.

 

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H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum, Havre

Exhibits

The museum's feature displays are 75 million year old dinosaur eggs and embryos found in area exposures of the Judith River Formation. Research suggests these eggs were laid by a Lambeosaur (a "duck bill" dinosaur) along the banks of an ancient river and estuary of the Bearpaw Sea that once covered this area. "Stygi," a skull cast of the rare Stygimoloch (a species of pachycephalosaur) and an Albertasaurus head mask are also displayed. The famed archeological treasure, the Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump Site, is adjacent to the museum.

 

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Depot Museum, Rudyard

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The Rudyard area has provided dinosaur specimens for the Museum of the Rockies (MOR) and other premier institutions for years. Now an MOR affiliate, the Depot Museum's signature display is the 'Oldest Sorehead,' a fully articulated Gryposaurus found near here. The facility's lifelike duckbill dinosaur and egg nest display places you right next to these ancient creatures, plus other permanent and changing dinosaur exhibits.

 

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Upper Musselshell Museum, Harlowton

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The museum's centerpiece is "Ava," the full-size skeleton replica of a "first of its kind" Avaceratops, found in the Judith River Formation near Shawmut. The museum also has a Hadrosaur tibia and fibula, numerous dinosaur leg bone and hip bone fossils, and fossilized ancient sea creatures.

 

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Old Trail Museum, Choteau

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Old Trail MuseumThe Old Trail Museum's Dinosaur Antechamber showcases discoveries from the Two Medicine Formation: Maiasaura and Einosaurus skulls, nestling, hatchling and adult Maiasaura skeletons and bones, and a Sauronitholestes skeleton casting. A prep lab display and geologic information about the Rocky Mountain Front and Willow Creek Anticline provide additional information about the area and its rich paleontology heritage.

 

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Two Medicine Dinosaur Center, Bynum

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See the first baby dinosaur bones found in North America, new species of locally collected dinosaurs and other spectacular dinosaur-related displays. The Center is famous for its public, hands-on dinosaur research and education programs ranging from 3 hrs to 10 days in length. Advance registration required; some programs available for college credit.

 

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Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman

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Called "Montana's most entertaining museum" by Lonely Planet, MOR's paleontology program is led by Jack Horner, scientific advisor to all of the Jurassic Park movies. MOR is home to one of the world's largest collection of dinosaur fossils as well as unique discoveries that include dinosaur eggs, nests, and embryonic specimens. The Tyrannosaurus rex exhibit, called The Tyrant Kings, features Montana's T.rex and skulls from its collections - from juvenile to the largest T.rex skull ever discovered.

  • Open year-round.
  • Hours of operation available at www.museumoftherockies.org, 406-994-2251.
  • Located south of MSU campus, 600 West Kagy Blvd.

 

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The Montana Dinosaur Trail

Carter County Museum Ekalaka

Montana's first county museum, its paleontological finds include a mounted skeleton of Anatotitan copei (one of only a few nearly complete skeletons of this species found), as well as a complete skull of Triceratops horridus (three horns), skull casts of Pachycepalosaurus wyomingensisi (dome head) and a Nannotyrannys lancesis (tiny Tyrannosaur) - all collected from the nearby Hell Creek Formation.

Makoshika State Park Glendive

Makoshika (meaning "bad land" in Lakota) is part of the late Cretaceous Hell Creek Formation; more than ten different dinosaur species have been discovered in Makoshika. Significant finds include a complete Triceratops horridus skull (on display at the park's Visitor Center), fossil remains of Edmontosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex and a nearly complete skeleton of the rare Thescelosaur.

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Frontier Gateway Museum, Glendive

An official county museum located in the heart of the Hell Creek Formation rich with Cretaceous fossil remains. Full size replicas of Stegoceras found in the Glendive area are on display along with fossils from Triceratops, Hadrosaurs, Thescelosaurus, aquatic, and plant fossils. Open Daily Memorial Day-Labor Day. Guided tour available upon request.

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Garfield County Museum, Jordan

The Garfield County Museum features Cretaceous fossils from the Hell Creek Formation. The first T. rex ever discovered was found near Jordan in 1902! Free attractions include a full T. rex skull, full-size Triceratops replica, and a Pachycephalosaur domed skull.

ExhibitsField Digs

Fort Peck Interpretive Center and Museum, Fort Peck

The Fort Peck Interpretive Center's signature attraction is "Peck's Rex™," one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons ever found. The lobby features a life-size replica model of Peck's Rex, and the exhibit hall displays a full-size skeleton cast. A Cretaceous Sea display and several other dinosaur exhibits are also highlighted.

ExhibitsPrograms

Blaine County Museum Chinook

The Blaine County Museum's Paleontology Department displays a dozen Judith River Formation exhibits including Hadrosaur, Gorgosaurus, and Ankylosaurus fossils from the area. Remains of gigantic marine reptiles Mosasaur and Plesiosaur are featured, along with invertebrates from the area's ancient ocean (75-500 million years ago). In the Look, Touch, and Wonder room guests can handle fossils of sea creatures, plants, and dinosaurs that roamed this area millions of years ago.

Exhibits

Phillips County Museum, Malta

Phillips County Museum

The Phillips County Museum features fossil discoveries from the nearby Judith River Formation (late cretaceous period, 77 million years ago). Features include a 33-foot long skeleton of "Elvis" the Brachylophosaurus, one of the best articulated dinosaur skeletons ever found, a complete T. rex skull, and a dynamically posed 28' skeleton of an early T. rex cousin, Albertosaurus. Pose with a 700-pound Apatosaurus femur and shop in the gift store.

Exhibits

Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and Field Station, Malta

Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and Field Station

Located in the heart of "dinosaur country," the museum features many extraordinary fossils: fish, invertebrates, turtles, plants, crocodile and a variety of Jurassic and Cretaceous dinosaur species, such as Triceratops, Stegosaurus, new species of Sauropod and raptor, and superbly preserved juvenile and adult hadrosaurs. Summer field dig programs are offered for adults and children. Preparatory lab, gift store.

ExhibitsProgramsField Digs

H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum, Havre

dinosaur skeleton

The museum's feature displays are 75 million year old dinosaur eggs and embryos found in area exposures of the Judith River Formation. Research suggests these eggs were laid by a Lambeosaur (a "duck bill" dinosaur) along the banks of an ancient river and estuary of the Bearpaw Sea that once covered this area. "Stygi," a skull cast of the rare Stygimoloch (a species of pachycephalosaur) and an Albertasaurus head mask are also displayed. The famed archeological treasure, the Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump Site, is adjacent to the museum.

Exhibits

Depot Museum, Rudyard

The Rudyard area has provided dinosaur specimens for the Museum of the Rockies (MOR) and other premier institutions for years. Now an MOR affiliate, the Depot Museum's signature display is the 'Oldest Sorehead,' a fully articulated Gryposaurus found near here. The facility's lifelike duckbill dinosaur and egg nest display places you right next to these ancient creatures, plus other permanent and changing dinosaur exhibits.

Exhibits

Upper Musselshell Museum, Harlowton

The museum's centerpiece is "Ava," the full-size skeleton replica of a "first of its kind" Avaceratops, found in the Judith River Formation near Shawmut. The museum also has a Hadrosaur tibia and fibula, a cast of a Gypsonictops jaw, numerous dinosaur leg bone and hip bone fossils, and fossilized ancient sea creatures.

Exhibits

Old Trail Museum, Choteau

Old Trail Museum

The Old Trail Museum's Dinosaur Antechamber showcases discoveries from the Two Medicine Formation: Maiasaura and Einosaurus skulls, nestling, hatchling and adult Maiasaura skeletons and bones, and a Sauronitholestes skeleton casting. A prep lab display and geologic information about the Rocky Mountain Front and Willow Creek Anticline provide additional information about the area and its rich paleontology heritage.

Exhibits

Two Medicine Dinosaur Center Bynum

See the first baby dinosaur bones found in North America, the Guinness Book of World Records largest, scientifically accurate dinosaur reconstruction - Seismosaurus halli (earth-shaking lizard), and other spectacular dinosaur-related displays. The Center is famous for its public, hands-on dinosaur research and education programs ranging from 3 hrs to 10 days in length. Advance registration required; some programs available for college credit.

ExhibitsProgramsField Digs

Museum of the Rockies Bozeman

Called "Montana's most entertaining museum" by Lonely Planet, MOR's paleontology program is led by Jack Horner, scientific advisor to all of the Jurassic Park movies. MOR is home to one of the world's largest collection of dinosaur fossils as well as unique discoveries that include dinosaur eggs, nests, and embryonic specimens. The Tyrannosaurus rex exhibit, called The Tyrant Kings, features Montana's T.rex and skulls from its collections - from juvenile to the largest T.rex skull ever discovered.

ExhibitsPrograms

The Montana Dinosaur Trail Prehistoric Passport

The Prehistoric Passport is your guide back in time – millions of years back – as you explore the Montana Dinosaur Trail.
Get yours now.Here's how

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Black icons indicate activity available at each location.


Exhibits EXHIBITS BACK

Unique paleontology displays, interpretation, replicas or actual skeletons of dinosaurs and other fossils found in Montana.


Programs PROGRAMS BACK

Facility provides public/visitor education programs and/or guided tours of paleontology displays associated with the facility. Regularly scheduled or upon request.


Field Digs FIELD DIGS BACK

Facility operates or is formally affiliated with organization(s) conducting paleontology field digs open to the public. Strict adherence to the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Code of Ethics is required.