Uncover prehistory at the Dakota Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson
You’ve probably heard about the Wild West, but do you know how wild it really was? Visit the Dakota Dinosaur Museum to meet the original settlers of the region and learn what went on millions of years before the buffalo roamed.
Mighty T-Rex guards the lobby, and full-scale models of an assortment of dinosaurs stalk the main gallery, including Coelophysis, Deinomuchus, Archaeopteryx, and of course the infamous Velociraptor. Full-scale skeletal casts include Allosaurus, Thescelosaurus, and Stegosaurus. See realistic baby dinosaurs hatching from eggs in an original sculpture, and view the beautiful hand-painted murals depicting the landscapes the dinosaurs knew.
You will also meet “Bill,” an authentic and complete triceratops skull excavated from nearby Baker, Montana by museum curator Larry League. And view the rhinoceros and bison bones – also excavated regionally.
The Dakota Dinosaur Museum boasts an outstanding collection that includes thousands of rock and mineral specimens from all over the world. Then, step behind the curtain and you will find fluorescent minerals that glow in vivid colors when viewed under black light, but look just like ordinary rocks in daylight.
The featured exhibit for the 2014 season is “Rare Invertebrate Fossils of the World.” This stunning collection includes a tiny one-celled protozoa fossil from Alabama that is roughly the size of a pinpoint, and a multitude of other fossilized sea life, including shimmering Ammonite and Opalized Oyster.
Be sure to visit the gift shop, too, where you will find many of the rocks and minerals that are on exhibit for sale, as well as items created from these materials. There are also a wide variety of fun and educational toys, T-shirts and other souvenirs.
Uncover prehistory in the real Wild West at the Dakota Dinosaur Museum!