Museum Tours

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.

National Recognition
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.”

Free Admission
Admission to the museum is FREE and includes a guided tour. Read below to learn more!

Complimentary Tour

Your FREE tour runs around 45 minutes and is led by a student paleontologist.

Beginning with a video that takes you to "The Dig", you'll have the opportunity to understand the steps and processes taken to excavate, catalog, and preserve these artifacts, peer through a window that provides a view of the massive 30,000+ fossil collection, and experience the scale and size of dinosaurs!

By the time you depart, you are bound to have an appreciation and understanding of the research and work that goes into preserving fossils.

 

 

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VIP Backstage Tour

Your VIP Backstage tour runs around 1 hour and is led by Dr. Jared Wood, paleontologist (featured in the 2019 documentary "The Dig" ) and curator of the Dinosaur Science Museum. 

In addition to the complimentary tour:

  • Meet & ask Dr. Jared Wood your questions
  • Clean your own fossils
  •  Walk through the vaults where one of America's largest collections of dinosaur bones are stored

 

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