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Dinosaur Discovery Museum

Stan, 40-foot T. Rex at Dinosaur Discovery Museum
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gallery at Dinosaur Discovery Museum
gallery at Dinosaur Discovery Museum

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. This permanent main gallery features more than 20 meat-eating dinosaurs. Travel back in time 231.4 to 65.5 million years ago!

Also visit the permanent exhibit Little Clint: The Story of a Baby Dinosaur. This interactive exhibit follows five chapters of the journey of a juvenile T-rex (excavated in Montana), from birth, fossilization, excavation, into the lab for research, and finally making its way to a museum.  Along the way, kids can don feathered vests as they pretend to hatch in the nest, put goggles on and climb into the Dino Dig to excavate fossils, put on lab coats and look through microscopes, and create their own museum display.  Plus, there are puzzles and educational games. 

Check out the Carthage Institute of Paleontology’s paleontology lab. 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.

Also featuring a gift shop and free programs for adults and families are offered. Adult and school group tours welcomed.

Note: The Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Kenosha Public Museum, and Civil War Museum make up the Kenosha Public Museums.

Closed holidays.

Price:

Free Admission

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Kenosha Public Museums

The Kenosha Public Museums campus is comprised of 3 museums that are open to the public. The Dinosaur Discovery Museum, the Kenosha Public Museum and the Civil War Museum.

Events

Celebrate Grandparents Day

September 9, 2018

Dinosaur Discovery Museum Program Dinos in the Dark

October 26, 2018 – October 27, 2018

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