September 14, 2010

Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana

We decided to stop for a few days in lovely Bozeman, Montana rather than rush across this huge state. Bozeman is a wonderful college town, filled with coffee shops, fine eating establishments, and spectacular mountain scenary. It is one of the fastest growing cities in Montana, although the population is still only about 40,000 people. New neighborhoods are popping up all over the valley. It's hard to imagine the -20 degree temperatures of winter when it is 80 degrees there right now.

Today we went to the Museum of the Rockies which hosts the largest dinosaur collection in the state. Much of the dinosaur finds in Montana are sent to this facility for research. As you can imagine, the geology and paleontology departments at Montana State University are highly respected.

Hilina had an amazing time looking at the T-Rex's, tricerotops (largest collection in the world), and other dinosaurs. She wasn't afraid in the least, despite the knowledge that many of them "eat meat".

She definitely knows her Triceratops and that they eat plants

Hilina was extremely impressed with the idea of there being dinosaurs living in the ocean.

This is the largest intact T-Rex fossil ever found.
They did not even fully remove it from the rock. So, this is the In Situ view of it.

The museum also had a cool Discovery Room for the kids based on Yellowstone National Park.
Here Hilina is fishing in the lake. Although, I tried to explain to her she shouldn't stand on the water when there is a bridge there...But, it was to no avail.

Hilina caught a trout and is taking it to the kitchen to cook it!

They have some cool reconstructions of the geysers (this one you pump up the pressure yourself and then it explodes) and real bubbling mud pots.

Hilina and Linda playing at Yellowstone Canyon

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