Museum of the Rockies

600 W. Kagy Blvd., Bozeman, MT 59717 - United States

406-994-2251

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Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

Museum of the Rockies (MOR) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, a college-level division of Montana State University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and a repository for state and federal fossils. MOR is recognized as one of the world's finest research and history museums. It is renowned for displaying an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils, including the mounted Montana's T. rex skeleton. MOR delights members and visitors with changing exhibits from around the world, regional and natural history exhibits, planetarium shows, educational programs & camps, insightful lectures, benefit events, and a museum store.

Exhibits

Taylor Planetarium - Visitors can enjoy a 25-minute show with topics focused on the earth and beyond.

The Little Star That Could (Children’s Show) at 10 a.m.
Join us for a story about an average yellow star on a search for planets of his own to warm and protect. Along his way, he encounters other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars can combine to form clusters and galaxies. Eventually, the Little Star finds his planets, and each is introduced to you along the way.

Supervolcanoes at 11 a.m., 12, & 3 p.m.
We are bringing back a popular show for the 40th anniversary of the Mount Saint Helens explosion (May 18, 1980). Explore the rare types of volcanic eruptions that marshal the energy that lurks beneath the surface of the Earth. The story of these big blowouts is a tale of havoc and mayhem: mass extinctions, climate collapses, and violence beyond anything humans have ever witnessed. In this unique and immersive experience, you will explore the impact of volcanism on Earth and other worlds in our solar system. Can a supervolcano erupt in our time? The answer to that question is surprisingly close to home. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe at 1 & 4 p.m.
Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, scientists are detecting and using tiny and elusive particles called neutrinos to explore the insides of stars and galaxies. These ghostly neutrinos give us an exclusive look into exploding stars and black holes. You will get stunning views of the most remote locations on Earth, to the unexplored regions of the cosmos on a journey you will never forget.

The Big Sky Tonight at 2 p.m.
The skies are full of bright stars and familiar constellations We will investigate winter and spring stars, planets, constellations, and a few fun, deep space objects for those who want to know where to point their optics. The winter version of our show will run through March 16 and you will see supernova remnants and planets. The spring version begins on March 21 and you will be looking at galaxies and asterisms. This is an original MOR production and includes live narration.

Siebel Dinosaur Complex
Museum of the Rockies is a center of active research and exploration into the ancient past. Fossils have been found across much of Montana and the paleontology department at MOR is dedicated to researching the deep past of the state and surrounding regions. Within the museum’s walls is one of the largest collections of North American dinosaurs in the world, including many examples of the gigantic carnivorous Tyrannosaurus rex and a growth series of the horned Triceratops which ranges from juveniles to giants.

Many of these fossils are on display in the museum’s Siebel Dinosaur Complex, where visitors can view Montana’s T.rex, one of the few mounted Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons in the United States, the bones of Big Al, a nearly complete Allosaurus that lived during the Jurassic Period, numerous dinosaur eggs and babies, and more. In addition to dinosaurs, the museum contains a large collection of prehistoric mammals that once roamed the state, including mammoths, rhinos, and bone-crushing dogs. These fossils and more are on exhibit in the museum’s Cenozoic Corridor.

Explore Yellowstone | Martin Children's Discovery Center
Based on the science in Yellowstone National Park and geared towards infants through 8-year-olds, the center is an excellent introduction to little ones about the wonders of Yellowstone. Kids can get hands-on here, with a variety of activities from fishing on the fishing bridge to setting up camp or cooking a meal in a miniature version of The Old Faithful Inn. The science of Yellowstone can be explored through interactive educational tools such as a geyser that kids can pump up themselves, a fire tower equipped with binoculars and even the sounds and smells one may encounter in the Park.

Welcome to Yellowstone, Enduring Peoples, & Paugh History Hall
Museum of the Rockies introduces its Paugh Regional History Hall with a Welcome to Yellowstone Country exhibit. This newly refreshed area will acquaint visitors to Yellowstone Country and its place in the northern Rocky Mountain region. Exploring the history of tourism and hospitality in Yellowstone National Park and beyond, this gallery features the stories of park entrepreneurs Charles A. Hamilton and F. Jay Haynes and the businesses they founded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibit transitions into Enduring Peoples, the museum’s look at the history and culture of the native peoples of Yellowstone Country.

The Paugh History Hall shares the compelling stories that connect us with the Northern Rocky Mountains, illuminating our lives and those who lived before us. From early exploration through World War II, this exhibition depicts the cultural and social changes experienced by those who called this region home, including Native Americans, fur traders, gold seekers, and white settlers. Historical artifacts, photographic wall murals, and pieces from the Museum’s extensive textile collection will add to your understanding of Montana’s past and the larger forces that shaped the nation. Included in the History Halls are the stories celebrating the Museum's history from its beginnings in a couple of Quonset huts on the MSU campus to the world-class institution we are today.

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