Museum of the Rockies
Museum of the Rockies
Downtown Bozemanview website
600 West Kagy Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59717
Science & Nature Museum
Museum of the Rockies Description
Dinosaur fans, get ready to beeline for the Siebel Dinosaur Complex, where you can marvel at the world's largest Tyrannosaurus rex skull, gaze at intact dinosaur embryos and nests, see fossils and species that aren't on display anywhere else, learn about recent research, and see footage of dinosaur digs. There's more to love at this museum devoted to the natural science and history of the Rocky Mountains -- don't miss the Enduring Peoples exhibit, which has artifacts from the Plains Indians, or the Living History Farm, where you'll see how homesteaders made a life in the 1890s.
Babies: "Sensational Babies" (on the first Monday and Wednesday morning of each month) enables kids up to age two to experience interesting sights, sounds, and textures. Complimentary strollers are available for public use.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Head for the Martin Discovery Room for a fun climbing area with games and puzzles. "Tours for Tots" lets younger kids explore specific areas of the museum through hands-on activities (offered three times each month; check the website for the schedule and topics).
School-Age Kids: For an experience dinosaur-loving kids will remember forever, go first to the Hall of Giants, then the Hall of Horns and Teeth. During the museum's "Children's Programs," kids get up close and personal with bugs, dinosaurs, and worms (pre-registration required; check the website for topics and schedule).
Pre-Teens & Teens: After a cruise through the dinosaur exhibits, send teens to the Living History Farm, where costumed interpreters demonstrate blacksmithing, cooking, weaving, and other activities from Montana homesteading life in the late 1800s. Teens will appreciate their spacious bedrooms once they explore the cozy Tinsley House, built in 1889 for a family with eight children.
- No need to rush. Museum admission includes unlimited access for two consecutive days.
- Pack a picnic, or eat at the Pickle Barrel. There aren't any dining facilities at the museum, but the Pickle Barrel is nearby, which offers sandwiches, salads, soup, and ice cream.
- Take the challenge. During the summer, tackle the outdoor Lewis & Clark Challenge Course for a glimpse into the famous explorers' adventures. Outrun a grizzly bear, climb aboard a keelboat, load and pretend to fire a black powder muzzle loader, and chat with costumed interpreters.
- Check the website. It offers cool games, information, and activities (like the Bone Blog, Dino Hunter game, and an interactive night sky map). It's far more engaging than the usual print-and-color pages.
Just the Facts
Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day: Museum and planetarium: Daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Living History Farm: Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Lewis & Clark Challenge Course: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Labor Day-Memorial Day: Museum and planetarium: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12:30-5 p.m. Living History Farm and Lewis & Clark Challenge Course: Closed
Fees: Under $10
Recommended Time: Half day