Just in case you were unaware, today is a pretty special day. Today is Dinosaurs Day: the day that we remember those mammoth creatures that roamed the earth millions of years before we did. In fact, scientists believe that dinosaurs first appeared about 245 million years ago, only to go extinct about 66 million years later.
Still, 180 million years is a pretty impressive run, right?
Of course, if you're looking for some dinosaur action, you could just watch Jurassic Park—or, you could go and see some of the most impressive displays in the United States, and you don't have to go very far.
Just on the other side of Bobcat Stadium is the Museum of the Rockies here in Bozeman. The Museum of the Rockies hosts the largest collection of dinosaur bones in the country and has the distinction of having the largest Tyrannosaurus skull that's ever been discovered.
Of course, dinosaurs aren't the only thing worth checking out at the Museum of the Rockies. During the summer they also have the "Living History Farm," which allows folks to step back in time and check out what an actual Montana homestead would be like. There is an actual home from 1899, plus outbuildings, and many other displays that allow the visitors to get the full experience of yesteryear in southwestern Montana.
The Living History Farm is only open from Memorial Day through Labor Day and is included with admission to the Museum.
The Museum of the Rockies is open daily from 9 am until 5 pm all year round, with the exception of a handful of days. One of the highlights and something you most certainly want to explore is the Taylor Planetarium, which offers a variety of different features that are both educational and entertaining.
So, celebrate Dinosaurs Day in style, and head over to the Museum of the Rockies.
Montana's Museum Of The Rockies Is For Everyone! Check It Out
Museum of the Rockies
is nestled right next to Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman. The Museum is part of the American Alliance of Museums
, which means that the Museum of the Rockies is one of the 1,095 museums to hold this distinction. With over 33,000 museums nationwide, this is quite an accomplishment.
The Museum of the Rockies is also part of the Montana Dinosaur Trail
. What is that? It is a trail that runs through the state of Montana and has 14 locations. Each location will get you just a little closer to the history and knowledge of Dinosaurs.
Museum of the Rockies has current and rotating exhibits. Currently, (December 2021) here are some of my favorites that are on display: Siebel Dinosaur Complex
, Welcome to Yellowstone Country
, which digs into the history of Montana, Enduring Peoples Exhibit
, highlighting the American Indians of Montana, and the Paugh Exhibit
, illuminating the stories that connect us with the Northern Colorado Rockies. You can see all the exhibits here
to make planning your trip easier.
Museum of the Rockies is an independent 501 Non-Profit here in Bozeman. With that being said, they hold some of the most exquisite benefits throughout the year.
This gives the museum the opportunity to continue to be a highlight for the city of Bozeman. Another way to continue the success of the Museum of the Rockies is to become a member.
If you are considering donating to the Museum of the Rockies, you can check it out here
and decide which program works best for you. Help Bozeman keep this amazing learning tool open and available to everyone. Enjoy your time at the Museum of the Rockies
This Family Friendly "Montana Town" Is Frozen In Time
One of the coolest places to check out in Montana is the "Old Montana" town of Nevada City. Located just on the other side of Virginia City, Nevada City is the perfect example of what life was like back during the gold rush in the 1800s.
With several different buildings to tour and friendly folks to guide you through your visit, as well as tell you the stories of the times, Nevada City is not only educational but fun for the whole family.