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Thomas Condon Paleontology Center

Hwy 19, Dayville, OR 97825
+1 541-987-2333
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Kids Loved It!

Not a huge place to visit, but enough to keep the kids and us entertained for a while. They do a... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2018
Michael M
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Lebanon, Oregon
Very well appointed facility, nice rangers

We spent over an hour just inside the building going through the exhibits, very interesting. One... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2018
kemi991
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Redmond, Oregon
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Hwy 19, Dayville, OR 97825
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+1 541-987-2333
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Reviewed 2 July 2018

Not a huge place to visit, but enough to keep the kids and us entertained for a while. They do a great job showing the history of the area and explain the different species that roamed the land long before we did. The kids got...More

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

We spent over an hour just inside the building going through the exhibits, very interesting. One section has animal and nature sounds as you wind through the exhibits and it really lends to "getting lost" in the experience. Well done!

Thank kemi991
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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

This museum hAs a lot of fossils and a lot of information to learn about the history of the area and the geology. It’s very new and well laid out, but our only complaint was there wasn’t a lot for our young kids to do/touch/explore....More

Thank Crystal M
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

This a great place to start when visiting the John Day Fossil beds has lots of displays of fossils with paintings on the wall behind showing what the animals may have looked like organized by eras that the fossils are from. This is part of...More

Thank Ron D
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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Dive into the world of fossils at this unique center that unearths and explains the world of dinosaurs. Just visit the center or hike the surrounding hills to learn about life in the area 60 minion years ago. Very interesting for all ages.

Thank driscdt
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center was well done. Kids would love the sounds and images of dinosaurs, etc. Its focus was fossils of flora and fauna which was interesting. However, my favorite aspect of all 3 units of the John Day Fossil Beds is the...More

Thank britfan
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

We were in the area for the eclipse. This was a great place to stop. Lots of interesting things to see and learn about. They had fun eclipse things for the kids to make and learn about. The whole family enjoyed it...and it's free!

Thank jmcn80
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

While traveling through the Fossil Beds National Monument, we stopped at this wonderful museum. It was perfect for everybody in our group -- an 8-1/2 yr old all the way up to the grandparents. The exhibits were very informative, the 18-minute video was also excellent....More

Thank frequent_traveler290
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Reviewed 29 June 2017

A must see to understand the significance of the area and the various units. A well developed museum, a theater for short movies on the area, a gift shop, maps, and of course good information.

Thank EffStop
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Reviewed 14 June 2017

This Center is right up there with some of the best museums I have ever been to. INCREDIBLE displays of fossils and bones of creatures you just will not believe. I spent two hours in there being amazed. My kids are grown now, but this...More

Thank pallinurse
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