Dinosaur Journey Museum

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Did you know that Colorado is the Stegosaurus State? That’s right, the Stegosaurus is the official state fossil – in fact, many of the first dinosaur fossils were found in western Colorado.

The Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita, Colorado, is a hands-on, interactive museum that the kids will love. It tells the story of the history of life in Western Colorado with real fossils, cast skeletons and robotic reconstructions of dinosaurs. The hands-on, interactive museum includes paleontology displays, a working laboratory where dinosaur bones are prepared for display, a collections room where scientists study dinosaurs and other animals, a simulated earthquake ride, a dinosaur library reading area, a sandbox for making your own dinosaur tracks and a “quarry site” where kids can uncover actual Jurassic dinosaur bones.

Among the exhibits are real bones of dinosaurs such as Apatosaurus and Allosaurus, along with robotic reconstructions of Dilophosaurus, Utahraptor, Triceratops and Stegosaurus. Visitor’s will also be able to see full-size cast skeletal mounts of Velociraptor, Camarasaurus, Allosaurus, Stegosaurus, Othnielia, Camptosaurus and Mymoorapelta. These exhibits plus dinosaur tracks, rocks, minerals, fossil fish and much much more are waiting at the Dinosaur Journey Museum.

The newest exhibit was unveiled in October of 2011 – a large Triceratops skull, perhaps one of the largest specimens ever found.

In association with the Western Museum of Colorado, dinosaur lovers can go on one of the many dinosaur dig expeditions! There are one-day, three-day (with raft trip) four-day and five-day expeditions that take budding explorers into western Colorado and eastern Utah in search of dinosaur bones. For more information on the expeditions, please call toll-free 1-888-488-DINO, ext. 212 on weekdays. If you would like to receive further information via email, please send your request gro.muesumoctsewnull@reinruofc anytime.

Summer Hours
May 1 – September 30
7 days a week • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Winter Hours
October 1 – April 30
Monday – Saturday • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday • Noon to 4 p.m.

Other attractions in the area include:
Colorado National Monument
The Grand Mesa
Rifle Falls State Park

Dinosaur Journey Museum
550 Jurassic Court
Fruita, CO 81521
Phone: 970- 858-7282

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