North American Museums

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American Museum of Natural History, New York City

The AMNH houses the world's largest collection of dinosaur fossils.  What more do we need to say?  For more information click here.

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Carnegie Natural History Museum

The Carnegie Natural History Museum in Pittsburgh houses the 3rd largest dinosaur collection on Earth, and the largest collection of Jurassic dinosaurs.  It is home to the first ever Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered as well as a host of other unique fossils.  For more information on the Carnegie click here.

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Denver Museum of Nature & Science

If you live in the Rockies or surrounds then the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is your local museum.  It has over a million artefacts in its collection, some of which of course are fossils.    It is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate.

For more information on the Denver Museum click here

 

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Dinosaur National Monument, Utah and Colorado

This place is pure genius.  Instead of digging up all the bones and dragging them halfway across America to mount in some museum, they have left some of the bones in place and now visitors travel half way across America, and some half way across the world, to see them.  Dinosaur National Monument is a US National Monument located on the border of Colorado and Utah where the Green and Yampa Rivers meet.  Most of the park is in Colorado, but the important bit for us – the Dinosaur Quarry - is located in Utah. For more information on the Dinosaur National Monument, click here.

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Dinosaur Ridge, Jefferson County

Some of the most well-known dinosaur fossils were discovered at Dinosaur Ridge, including Apatosaurus, Diplodocus, Stegosaurus, and Allosaurus. It is part of the Dakota Hogsback and is underlain on its west side by rocks of that great treasure trove of dinosaur bones, the Morrison Formation.  The first bones were discovered back in 1877 by Arthur Lakes, which led to the opening up of 15 bone quarries along the Dakota Hogsback in the quest for more fossils.  For more on The Dinosaur Ridge click here.

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Dinosaur State Park, Connecticut

Dinosaur State Park claim to fame are its dinosaur tracks – the largest track site in North America.  The fossil footprints date back to the Jurassic – all of 200 million years ago.  The site is 80 acres (32 hectares) in extent near the town of Rocky Hill in Connecticut.

The tracks were found back in 1966 when a dozer operator noticed them when doing the earthworks for a new office building.  I am not sure what happened to the office block, but civilised people  were clearly in charge and in 1968 the site opened as the Dinosaur State Park. For more information on the Dinosaur State Park click here.

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Dinosaur Valley State Park, Texas

Dinosaurs once walked here.  One hundred and thirteen million years ago Dinosaur State Park was on the shore of an ancient sea.  Beautiful warm water, coral reefs, golden sand, and dinosaurs.  The coral reefs are now preserved as limestones, the beaches as sandstones, the deep water muds as mudstones, and in those ancient sediments are dinosaur footprints.  The Glen Rose Formation has now been eroded by the Paluxy River, exposing the footprints for us to see 113 million years later.  For more information on the Dinosaur Valley State Park click here

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Field Museum, Chicago

The Field Museum of Natural History, or Field Museum for short, is famous for being home to Sue, the largest, the most complete, and the most expensive Tyrannosaurus rex ever found.  It is one of the largest museums in the world and attracts up to 2 million visitors a year.  There are over 24 million artefacts in stored within those sacred walls, looked after by an army of professional staff.  For more on the Field Museum, click here.

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Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta

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Field Station Dinosaurs

Field Station: Dinosaurs is stuffed full of real dinosaurs – well almost – the animatronics is getting so good these days that it is hard to tell a fake dinosaur from a real one.  There are 32 dinosaurs living in the Field Station, where they have been residing since 2012.  It was voted Best Local Theme Park by Time Out New York and the second best dinosaur theme park in the world. For more information on the Field Station: Dinosaur click here

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Garden Park Fossil Area & Dinosaur Discovery Centre

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Museum of the Rockies

The Museum of the Rockies is most famous for its fossil collection, and that very well-known bone hunter, Jack Horner.  It houses the largest collection of dinosaur remains in the USA, the largest T Rex skull ever found, and a thigh bone of a T Rex with soft tissue preserved within the ancient cells.  The Museum is located in Bozeman, Montana and is affiliated with the Montana State University and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.  It is part of the Montana Dinosaur Trail and the repository of all fossils found within the state.  For more information click here.

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New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque

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Paleoworld Research Foundation, Montana

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Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Centre, Colorado

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Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

The Royal Ontario Museum, or ROM for short, is the largest museum in Canada, one of the largest in North America, and has a huge dinosaur collection,  a fantastic rock and meteorite collection,  as well as the largest collection (150 000 specimens) of fossils from the Burgess Shale anywhere on Earth.  The museum was established in 1912 and opened its doors to the public in 1914.

Dinosaur fossils are displayed in dynamic poses with additional displays of the landscapes and vegetation of the time when they lived. For more on the Royal Ontario Museum, click here.

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Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, Alberta

Wow, this place is really famous, and really amazing for it sits slap bang in the middle of the fossil bearing strata toe the Late Cretaceous Horseshoe Canyon Formation near Calgary, Canada.  Pure genius, much like its US counterpart at the Dinosaur Monument National Park.  It houses a collection in excess of 130 000 fossils, many of which are of flagship dinosaurs which we all love so much. For more information click here.

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Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington DC

The Smithsonian.  Words possibly are unable to describe such a place – it is indeed a house of wonders.  It is the third most visited museum in the world, the most visited natural history museum in the world, and the most visited in North America.  There are over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, human remains and cultural artefacts.  And it has more than its fair share of dinosaurs too, which is why we are here. Read more about the Smithsonian here.

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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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The Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University

Ah, the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Here because of a palaeontologist – none other than Othniel Charles Marsh of Bone Wars fame - who pestered his uncle, George Peabody, to stump up the money for the museum. So uncle George found the money and immortality in the museum, Marsh got the job of being the director and we got an amazing museum stuffed full of some of the most important palaeontological specimens ever found. For more on the Peabody, click here.

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Universal Studios, Orlando

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Wyoming Dinosaur Centre

The Wyoming Dinosaur Centre is home to one of the largest fossil collections in the world and has dig sites in amazingly rich fossil strata in the western United States.  It is also houses the only Archaeopteryx outside of Europe, so it is worth a visit if only for that reason.  But there are tonnes of other reasons why you should go take a look.  For more information on the Wyoming Dinosaur Center click here.

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