As of November 17, SWAU is temporarily restricting visitors on campus and tours are temporarily on hold
When you visit the Dinosaur Science Museum, you have the unique opportunity to interact with one of America's largest dinosaur fossil collection. It's here, on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University that over 30,000 dinosaur bones (excavated in Wyoming) are cleaned, cataloged, and preserved.
30,000 + Bones
With a world-class collection of over 30,000 bones that continue to grow each summer, we now house one of the largest dinosaur fossil collections in the United States! Come see our collection and learn how fossils are excavated, processes, and preserved. By registering for a VIP tour, you will have the opportunity to walk through the vaults and touch real fossils.
We were recently recognized in the Journal of Paleontological Sciences for our work on fossils from the Hell Creek and Lance Formations, which are some of the most fossil-rick bonebeds in the United States, located in Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota. In the article, which discusses a census of approximately 65 universities and institutions with dinosaur bone databases, we were named, along with the University of California Museum of Paleontology and Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, as providing “the most detail in the easiest and most aesthetic format.” Our museum, in particular, was distinguished for providing “photographs, historical and geologic context for just about every specimen in the large and mostly complete database.”
Admission to the museum is FREE and includes a guided tour. Read below to learn more!