A dinosaur museum? In North Dakota? Yes, you read that right. Dickinson, North Dakota, is home to the Dakota Dinosaur Museum. The exhibits at the Dakota Dinosaur Museum include both real skeletons and casts, as well as fossil and geology displays. It includes a full triceratops skeleton, which is considered one of the best ever found.
This is not so much a “Hey, kids, let’s go have fun with the dinosaurs!” type of musem as it is a scientific collection. In fact, the museum consists entirely of pieces owned by one couple, Larry and Alice League, who have been collecting specimens from all over the world for more than forty years. The Dakota Dinosaur Museum opened in Dickinson in 1994 to share the Leagues’ collection with the public.
While most of the museum is kept quiet and the exhibits are kept behind railings, the Dakota Dinosaur Museum does include a small children’s corner, consisting primarily of books, and there is a “please touch” table in the entryway. The museum shop includes gifts for dinosaur and fossil enthusiasts of all ages.
200 E. Museum Drive, Dickinson, ND 58601
Open May 1-Labor Day, 9-5
$7.00 – Adult
$6.00 – Senior
$4.00 – 3-12 years
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Linda (minnemom) writes about family travel at Travels with Children.