New Mexico has had a long and distinguished history in paleontology. The state has a number of great places to find fossils, including some of the world’s best sites for animals from the Triassic period. Many of these, and a good number of dinosaurs from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, are on display at the terrific New Mexico Museum of Natural History.
If you know about Darwin’s theory of evolution, the word “dinosaur,” or even just the poem, “She sells seashells by the seashore,” then the collection at the Natural History Museum of London (NHM) has impacted you. One of the world’s great museums, the NHM was until 1963 part of the world-renowned British Museum.
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The Field Museum in Chicago is one of a handful of truly world-class museums of natural history in North America. When you think of dinosaurs and The Field Museum, many people immediately think of the world’s most famous dinosaur, “Sue,” the Tyrannosaurus. Stalking the central hall on the main floor, Sue is one of the can’t-miss features of this wonderful museum.
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About twenty miles northwest of Colorado Springs lies a beautiful town in the Rocky Mountains called Woodland Park. Surrounded by gorgeous natural attractions such as Pike’s Peak and the Garden of the Gods, the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center is another place to admire the complex beauty of the natural world.
In 1909 Earl Douglass, a paleontologist working for the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, was searching for dinosaur bones in the rugged sandstone hills about ten miles east of Vernal, Utah. Having heard that fossils could be found nearby, Douglass spent a week combing the hills before he came across what would later become the most complete Apatosaurus ever found. But that was just the start: between 1909 and 1922, over 700,000 tons of fossil material was shipped from the quarry site to Pittsburgh, and the Carnegie Museum to this day has the most impressive collection of Morrison Formation Jurassic dinosaurs in the world. In 1915, President Wilson proclaimed the site as Dinosaur National Monument.
Located in the heart of campus in one of America’s great college towns, the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History features an amazing collection of fossils that span the entire history of life on planet earth. Featuring the state’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils, the museum also boasts an incredible array of exhibits and displays that will delight visitors young and old.
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If you have children, one of the best museums in North America to spend a day is The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Widely considered the top children’s museum in the world, there is such a wide variety of activities available that almost any child (or adult) will find something to love here. I love dinosaurs, and fortunately, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has a great collection.