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“Must see in Bozeman”

Museum of the Rockies
Ranked #1 of 62 things to do in Bozeman
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University is a Smithsonian Affiliate, recognized as one of the world's finest research and history museums. It is renowned for displaying an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils, including a T. rex skeleton! MOR delights visitors with changing exhibits from around the world, permanent indoor and outdoor regional history exhibits, planetarium shows, educational programs, insightful lectures, benefit events, and a museum store.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Hatfield, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Must see in Bozeman”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

This is a beautifully designed museum with a planetarium, and living museum. There are many dinosaur fossils and local artifacts. It would definitly recommend a trip here. Also, stop in the gift shop., They sell a variety of the local huckleberry products. I particularly liked the tea!

Visited June 2014
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Roscoe, MT
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

It's not the Detroit Museum of Arts, but this museum has a charm all it's own!

From the old homestead that sits on the property, complete with the "family" serving the midday meal to the incredible astronomy show... This was a great experience for my family.

Bonus points for having the astronomy student running the show!

Visited June 2014
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Bozeman, Montana, United States
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Awesome place for kids”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Kids could speed so many hours in this Museum. There is so many HANDS ON actives and displays. we have gone a 3 times or so in the last 2 years and every time they have it set up as something different.

Visited November 2013
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Little Rock, Arkansas
Level 6 Contributor
216 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Make this a 2-day visit”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

The $14 admission fee (for adults) is good for a 2-day visit. Take advantage of this opportunity to spread your visit over two days because there's so much to see and your brain will need a good night's rest to take it all in. This museum is really wonderful! Check out the Taylor Planetarium, with shows on the hour. The temporary exhibit, "Geckos, Tails to Toepads", is fun and really interesting (thru 9/08/14). The Siebel Dinosaur Complex is amazing, as is the Paugh Regional History Hall and Enduring Peoples Exhibit. Outside of the facility is the Living History Farm, which closes three hours before the rest of the museum. As I understand it, if you get there first thing in the morning (it opens at 9:00 a.m.), the staff bake bread on a wood-fire stove, and visitors get to eat it. There were several different planetarium shows. We watched one about neutrinas and research at the South Pole that was interesting, although the others sounded better. The Regional History Hall is full of artifacts and exhibits from the early Rocky Mountain settlers. The Enduring Peoples Exhibit gives you a past- and present-day snapshot of the Native American culture and the different Indian reservations in Montana. The Dinosaur Complex is filled with fossils, dinosaurs and exhibits about archeological digs in Montana. Most importantly, this museum is extremely kid friendly. Children of all ages will have so much fun with the interactive displays that they won't even realize how much they're learning. My suggestion? Visit the dinosaur complex, watch a planetarium show, check out the Enduring Peoples Exhibit and the Regional History Hall, and then leave the museum. Return the next morning, check out the Living History Farm and then the Gecko exhibit, and you'll have a good taste of this museum and the wealth of information it offers.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Who Knew? Great Museum!”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

Oh, wow. I had no idea that this museum was here but now that I know, I can't recommend it enough. The dinosaur exhibit is second to none, and I say that having recently been to the main exhibits in the natural history museums in NYC and London.

No, this one is plainly the most up to date and thus features the most interesting information. We saw things here that no other museum even mentions.

The other exhibits are good as well, but it is the dinosaur exhibit that makes this museum stand out. A must see for kids and adults.

Visited June 2014
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