The Museum of the Rockies is a division of Montana State University. Students, faculty, and visiting scholars use its collections and exhibits for classes, research, and other programs. Some museum curators teach on campus and some MSU professors hold appointments at the museum. The Museum houses one of the world’s largest and most important collections of dinosaur fossils. Visitors learn about startling new discoveries in dinosaur research, experience pioneer life at the living history farm, explore the greater Yellowstone region’s Native American heritage, and journey to the stars in the planetarium.
The Museum is most well known for its paleontology program. In the Siebel Dinosaur Complex there are over 10,000 square feet of displays and thousands of fossils. The Complex houses the exhibit Dinosaurs under the Big Sky, based on the work of world-renowned paleontologist and advisor to the Jurassic Park films, Jack Horner. Visitors to the Museum can see the world’s largest T-rex skull, the largest dinosaur skull ever found, and some of the rarest fossils in the world. The Dinosaur Complex features fossils and new research that have made headlines worldwide such as the discovery of 68-million-year-old soft tissue, blood cells and protein in a T-rex femur; and the discovery of one of the first identified female dinosaurs in the world — an ovulating T-rex.
The world-class Taylor Planetarium hosts a variety of presentations including feature shows for children and adults, the majority of which are original productions, as well as school programs, live narrated night sky programs, and laser shows. A restored 100-year-old homestead is the centerpiece for a living history farm. The museum offers a variety of educational programs for people of all ages including tours, classes, lectures, field trips, field schools, and special events. Admission and membership discounts are offered to MSU students.
Students may now pursue an undergraduate minor in Museum Studies through a cooperative effort between the Museum of the Rockies and the Department of History and Philosophy. The 24-credit minor helps prepare students for careers in the museum world or a graduate degree program.
During the summer, the Museum of the Rockies is open daily from 8 am to 8 pm. After Labor Day, the Museum’s fall and winter hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information visit museumoftherockies.org or call 994-DINO. The Museum of the Rockies is located at 600 W. Kagy Blvd., on the south side of the Montana State University campus in Bozeman. Visit www.museumoftherockies.org for more information.