Our little ones and kiddos is mostly the reason why every family has to take vacation to some place that has so many attractions appropriate for kids. Lots of kids love dinosaur. Take them to a dinosaur museum and your kiddos will sure love the sight of dinosaur skeletal and at the same time learn about it. Plenty of ways to enjoy your vacation with your kids. Besides the museum, you can also take them to a playground. Every states in the US has amazing playground for kids. The picture above was taken in our last trip to New York City and the gigantic dinosaur skeletal is found inside the American Museum of Natural History. Definitely a great place for children and adults. Check out also http://www.rareresource.com/ for interesting information about Dinosaurs.
Best Dinosaur Museums in the USA
1. Wyoming Dinosaur Center – Thermopolis, WY
Besides being a world class dinosaur museum which includes interpretive displays, dioramas and life-size dinosaur mounts, but it has over 60 identified dinosaur digsites in a 500-acre area. Program and activites include Digsite tours, Dig-for-a-day programs, and dinosaur digs for kids.
2. Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center – Woodland Park, CO
It hosts some of the most spectacular dinosaurs, marine reptiles, flying reptiles and fish of North America’s Late Cretaceous world. Each skeleton tells a tale of how they may have appeared in life, the environments they lived in, stories of the discovery and excavation of each specimen. Their dinosaur and marine specimens include: the world’s only Pachycephalosaurus, the world’s largest Mosasaur, the world’s first 3-D giant Xiphactinus and 2 Daspletosaurs (more rare than T-Rex, only 8 in the world)! Over 30 skeletons and life restorations on display.
3. Dinosaur National Monument – Utah and Colorado
The visitor center has a rock wall containing 1500 fossil bones, a paleontology laboratory, exhibits, and a bookstore. The monument which is run by the National Park Service contain a large deposit of fossil dinosaur bones that lived millions of years ago. Many people think that dinosaurs were big horrible lizards because some of the first dinosaur fossils ever found were huge bones and teeth, very lizard-like except for their size, and so the idea of monstrous lizards was born. Today, many ideas about dinosaurs are changing, and the fossils at Dinosaur National Monument continue to help us learn more about these fascinating animals.
4. Dinosaur Journey – Fruita, CO
Dinosaur Journey is a hands-on, interactive museum and is the perfect place to learn about your favorite dinosaurs! They have robotic displays of Dilophosaurus, Utahraptor, T-Rex and many other displays including real bones plus cast skeletons of Camarasaurus, Camptosaurus, Stegosaurus, Allosaurus and the Mymoorapelta.
5. Peabody Museum of Natural History – New Haven, CN
Peabody Museum of Natural History is in New Haven, CN at Yale University. This museum was founded in 1866 with a gift from philanthropist George Peabody, at the urging of his nephew, Yale’s O.C. Marsh, the first professor of paleontology in North America and the Museum’s first director. Marsh built many of the Peabody’s great collections, and today you can see some of his most famous finds and the dinosaurs he named, including Triceratops, Stegosaurus and Brontosaurus. Tthe Yale Peabody Museum is also home to Rudolph F. Zallinger’s murals The Age of Mammals. and he Age of Reptiles.
6. Museum of the Rockies – Bozeman, Montana
This modern museum is on the campus of Montana State in Western Montana. Dr. John R. “Jack” Horner, dinosaur advisor to the Jurassic Park films makes his scientific home at the museum, and its collections benefits from his amazing finds. You may not find many skeletons display, you will see dinosaur recreations and lots of fascinating insights on dinosaur behavior.
7. Field Museum of Natural History – Chicago, IL
This historic museum has attracted much attention with its permanent exhibits that include Brachiosaurus and many other skeletons, and a walk-through time machine experience that takes visitors on journey through prehistoric time.
8. Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History – Washington, DC
This Smithsonian dinosaur museum is full of real fossils, many historic, and has had a recent facelift as well, with additions that include a preparation station where visitors can see fossil workers working with actual bones.
9. Academy of Natural Sciences -Philadelphia, PA
This museum is the nation’s oldest science institution and has one of the newest dinosaur halls. Exhibition include an enormous Giganotosaurus skeleton, the largest predator yet discovered. In addition to the many dinosaur skeletons on display, visitors will venture into animated environments and kids can play in the best dig pit.
10. American Museum of Natural History – New York (tie)
One of the premier attractions in New York City is the Museum’s series of fossil halls, including its two famed dinosaur halls. The Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of vertebrate fossils, totaling nearly one million specimens. More than 600 of these specimens, nearly 85 percent of which are real fossils as opposed to casts, are on view.
10. Thanksgiving Point – Lehi, Utah (tie)
Sleep under the belly of a Brachiosaurus or the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex. Tour exhibits, watch a movie, participate in a paleontology class, and enjoy snacks, breakfast, and other activities. Bring the kids and spend a night at the world’s largest dinosaur museum.
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Listing of Dinosaur Museums throughout the United States
Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ – Website
Colorado University Museum of Natural History, Boulder, CO – Website
Denver Museum of Natural History, Denver, CO – Website
Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison, CO – Website
Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah – Website
Dinosaur Valley Museum: Museum of Western Colorado, Grand Junction, Colorado – Website
The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Woodland Park, Colorado – Website
Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, GA – Website
Honolulu Community College Dinosaur Exhibit – Website
University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology, Ann Arbor, MI – Website
The Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN – Website
The Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana – Website
University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska – Website
Hadrosaurus foulkii Leidy National Historic Site Haddonfield, New Jersey – Website
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC – Website
Dakota Dinosaur Museum, Dickinson, North Dakota – Website
Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, OK – Website
Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, TX – Website
Fort Worth Museum of Science, Fort Worth, TX – Website
Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX – Website
Texas Memorial Museum, University of Texas, Austin, TX – Website
Mill Canyon/Copper Ridge Dinosaur Tracks, Moab, UT – Website
College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum in Price, UT – Website
The Dinosaur Museum, Blanding, Utah – Website
Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Jensen, Utah – Website
Thanksgiving Point – Lehi, Utah – Website
Utah Field House of Natural History State Park, Vernal, UT – Website
Utah Museum of Natural History, Salt Lake, City, UT – Website
Burke Museum, Seattle, WA – Website
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution’s Dinosaurs, Washington, D.C. – Website
Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee, WI – Website