Massive marine monsters have taken over the Museum of the Rockies as a part of their new exhibit, Savage Ancient Seas. Visitors will be able to dive into a world of vicious sea monsters from 70 million years ago. These carnivorous fish and giant reptiles use to swim the seas spanning North America and are on display in Montana for the first time.


As part of the exhibit you'll be able to see:

  • Over 30 prehistoric casts and fossils.
  • Vicious sea monsters of the Cretaceous Period.
  • A 45-foot-long Tylosaurus, the largest mosasaur skeleton ever found in North America.
  • Learn how these creatures lived and how most of them appear to have become extinct, along with the dinosaurs.
  • Archelon, an enormous sea turtle with a 17-foot flipper span.
  • Flying reptiles the size of hang-gliders (wingspans over 11 feet).
  • Educational kiosks throughout the exhibit.
  • Learn how the animals sank to the bottom of the sea when they died and how they became fossilized.

Xiphactinus, one of the fossils on display, was a gigantic fish that is nearly 20-foot-long and is the biggest bony fish of the Cretaceous Period. This predator fish, also known as the X-fish, would sometimes swallow entire fish almost half their body length.

Currently, at the Museum of the Rockies, all guests are required to bring and wear a face mask or face covering. There is also a limited daily admission capacity due to COVID-19 directives from the Gallatin City-County Health Department. Weekday visitation is typically walk-in, but reservations are suggested for weekends and holidays.

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