This first-class museum explains the history, geology, wildlife, and people of the Rocky Mountains all the way back to the Big Bang. The centerpiece of the museum is the fabulous new Siebel Dinosaur Complex, which is one of the premier paleontology attractions in the world. The Hall of Horns and Teeth is centered on a life-size Torosaurus model, next to the actual 9-foot skull (the biggest land-animal noggin ever unearthed) that served as a blueprint; other displays offer an in-depth look into dinosaur biology, ecology, and theoretical behavior. The Hallway of Growth and Behavior provides a look beyond the bones, and the Mesozoic Media Center allows visitors to get a closer look at dig sites via interactive touch screens. The Hall of Giants is populated with lifelike dinosaur models, including a diorama of velociraptor-like denonychs taking down a much larger sauropod. Visitors can also watch fossil preparers as they clean recently discovered bones.
But that's not all: In the Martin Discovery Room, young children can learn through play. The Taylor Planetarium is a state-of-the-art, 40-foot domed multimedia theater, with a computer graphics simulator that provides the illusion of flying through space in three dimensions. Outside, the Living History Farm is an early-20th-century homestead with costumed interpreters. There's also a restaurant and gift shop on-site.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010
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- tel: 406-994-3466
- 600 W. Kagy Blvd
- On the Montana State University campus
- Bozeman, MT 59772
- Mid-June to early Sept daily 8am-8pm; mid-Sept to early June Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12:30-5pm. Living History Farm mid-June to early Sept daily 9:30am-5pm
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