Today’s entry for the travel theme of the A to Z Challenge is not a particular location but rather a theme. When I travel, one thing I love to do is visit museums. And if there are several museums and I have to choose but one, I will almost always choose to visit the dinosaur museum. So today, D is for Dinosaur.
I was one of those kids who knew how to pronounce every dinosaur name, and I could spell “paleontologist” before I could spell my own name. As an adult, I still get excited about dinosaurs, so I visit every dinosaur museum I possibly can. I’ve been to more museums that I can count, but I thought I would pick a few (okay, 5) to introduce. If you ever get the chance, I recommend these museums to bring out your inner dinosaur geek!
The Museum of the Rockies is located in Bozeman, Montana (US), and in addition to information about the rich cultural history of Montana, the MoR is noted for its superb collection of Montana dinosaurs. The Dinosaurs Under the Big Sky permanent exhibit contains an abundance of fossil specimens and is curated by world-famous paleontologist Jack Horner. This exhibit focuses on the ecology and biology of dinosaurs throughout the Mesozoic. Public tours are available during the busier summer season.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum is located in the town of Drumheller, in the province of Alberta in Canada. It is located in the midst of prime dinosaur territory, only two hours from Dinosaur Provincial Park. This museum has visually stunning displays that detail the history of life on the planet.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is in the city of Houston, Texas (US). In addition to an amazing mineral collection and too many exhibits to visit in one day, the museum boasts a huge fossil hall with impressive giant skeletons representing the history of life on Earth.
The San Diego Museum of Natural History is in San Diego, California (US). In addition to beautiful dinosaur panoramas, the museum details fossil finds from (primarily Quaternary) coastal California such as whales, walruses, and predators.
The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is located in the city of Katsuyama in Fukui Prefecture in Japan. This is the largest research museum in Japan, and it is located just a few kilometers from Japan’s largest excavation site.
So I still get excited about dinosaur museums, and I love to spend hours wandering the halls. I love fossils, but I also love reconstructions and to hypothesize about the ecology of these beasts. There’s just something incredibly fascinating about dinosaurs…
What is your favorite dinosaur museum to visit? Have you been to any of the ones on my list? Do you have any recommendations for future dinosaur museum trips? Let me know in the comments!