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Great Plains Dinosaur Museum Malta

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Great Plains Dinosaur Museum
405 N 1st Street E
Malta
MT
59538
Tel: 406 654-5300

Directions

They are located at 405 N 1st Ave East on Hwy 2 E in Malta, next to the Phillips County Museum. They are a short walk from Malta Amtrak station.

They also have RV parking.

Where are we going today?

Montana is a HAVEN for dinosaurs, so what better place to experience exactly what incredibly things have been uncovered than at Great Plains Dinosaur Museum!? 

Some of the most complete dinosaur fossils ever discovered were found in Montana - some even with stomach contents, tendons and fossilized skin! What do you think THAT would feel like to touch!

The Great Plains Dinosaur Museum have a number of vertebrate fossil animals on display, including triceratops, and the stegosaur! Just image with their size what they would have been like roaming this earth!

What do you think Montana would have looked like back in the Cretaceous period? Can you image ever having high water levels caused flooding in the Midwest? Well - it was! There was a patch of water that actually split the states in half!

That also explains why marine animals fossils are found in these parts! Lobsters, crabs, and cephalopods (they are like octopus!) have all been found. They have even discovered three new species - how awesome is that!?

Kids who just LOVE all things prehistoric, natural history and fossils, the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum offer Junior Palaeontology Programs just for them! There is the Junior Paleo Lab Program, which gets kids learning about basic geology, and how a fossil is formed. A fascinating 90 minute program!

Or for those outdoor loving kids they can undertake a 3 hour programs on basic discovery and excavation with the field experience - an incredible opportunity!

Kids....welcome....to Jurassic Park....

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsOver 13: $5
  • Children6 - 12: $3
  • Free Under: 5 and for members
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm.

May to October. Closed Sunday and Monday. By appt only Nov - April.

Teachers corner

They offer school field trips so just call to ask about them. A great way for kids to learn about natural history and geology. .

Need a little extra help?

They have handicap access so everyone can experience this incredible part of history!.

Can I get one of those?

Better save your pennies because from toddler toys to educational projects for teens, their gift shop has something for everyone! You can go Dino-mad! .

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    This museum advertises the presence of "Leonardo," a really well preserved hadrosaur found in the area and which has caused quite a recent stir in the scientific community. However, be aware the "Leonardo" display the Malta museum has is a cast, not the actual fossil - which right now is part of a traveling exhibit in Houston. (Neither the Houston Museum of Science website or that for the Great Plains Museum had updated information on this fact as of earlier this week.) I had come a long way - 1700 or so miles - to see that particular fossil,...Read More

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This museum advertises the presence of "Leonardo," a really well preserved hadrosaur found in the area and which has caused quite a recent stir in the scientific community. However, be aware the "Leonardo" display the Malta museum has is a cast, not the actual fossil - which right now is part of a traveling exhibit in Houston. (Neither the Houston Museum of Science website or that for the Great Plains Museum had updated information on this fact as of earlier this week.) I had come a long way - 1700 or so miles - to see that particular fossil, so it was a disappointment to find it not on view.

However, there's still quite a bit of neat stuff to see here, including another extraordinarily well preserved hadrosaur here and still another at the Blaine County museum next door. There are also a variety of smaller dino parts on view and a nearly complete neck and head of a sauropod dinosaur as yet unnamed.

When you visit, absolutely do not miss the bird walk out behind the Blaine County museum near the Milk River - I was on it literally two minutes before I saw two varieties of warbler species I'd never seen. It's just beautiful. There's also a nice display of Native American and early settler memorabilia at the Blaine County site.

The staff of these museums is really friendly and it's honestly not their fault the big attention draw, 'Leonardo,' isn't here, but I do think the advertising for the museum should mention the critter they have on display is a plastic recreation, not the real deal. I understand through a conversation with one of the staff that there are really no plans to get back the original fossil itself any time soon.

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