The Dinosaur Discovery Museum opened in 2006 in a renovated 1908 Beaux Arts historic landmark. Visit the only Museum to focus exclusively on the link between modern birds and meat-eating dinosaurs. See the largest collection of meat-eating theropods! Learn what these dinosaurs looked like, what they ate and how they behaved. See life-scale replicas of Tyrannosaurus rex, Gallimimus, Ceratosaurus, and much more.
Check out the Carthage Institute of Paleontology’s paleontology lab and the gift shop. Free programs for adults and families offered. Adult and school group tours welcomed.
Ask about our Junior Paleontologist Club.
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The Museum offers the opportunity for hands-on learning and fun at the Dino Digs every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm. Come and get your hands dirty! Dino Digs are designed for children ages three and up. Donning safety goggles and using paleontologist tools, children become amateur paleontologists and dig for dinosaurs at our simulated excavation sites. Experience first-hand the excitement of excavating a dinosaur fossil. There is no charge to participate.
The Kids Discovery Lab is stocked with coloring sheets and dinosaur rubbings for children and educational dinosaur books for all ages. Parents are invited to join their children in learning the fascinating history of dinosaurs.
More about the Carthage Institute of Paleontology: Vertebrate Paleontologist Dr. Thomas Carr is a Carthage College (located in Kenosha) faculty member and senior scientific adviser to the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, which houses the Carthage Institute of Paleontology (CIP) laboratory. Since 2006, Dr. Carr has led study tours to the Hell Creek Formation in southeastern Montana, which contains fossils of the last dinosaurs to live in the American West. The DDM is a federally designated repository for the fossils that the CIP collects from federal lands; DDM staff assists the CIP in collecting fossils and transporting them from Montana to Kenosha.
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Create dino ornaments to decorate the museum and your home. Free.
Aspiring young paleontologists can experience first-hand the excitement of excavating a dinosaur fossil. This is a fun, free activity for children ages 3 and up inside the free museum.
Join biologists, paleontologists and science enthusiasts for discussions and family activities during this international celebration of science, humanity and discoveries of Charles Darwin.
Enjoy free family programs at three museums: Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Ave.) on the 18th, the Civil War Museum (5400 First Ave.) on the 19th, and the Dinosaur Discovery Museum (5608 Tenth Ave.) on the 20th.
The 7th Annual Museum Crawl is a progressive after-hours party at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum (5608 Tenth Ave.), Civil War Museum (5400 First Ave.), and Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Ave.).