The Paleon Museum works to find, excavate, prepare and displays fossils found in Wyoming!
“The Paleon is an unusual place,” said ScottPeterson, University of Alberta Paleontologist in a January 2016 news article. “It’s not a big museum, but it doesn’t have to be because it’s got the badlands for a backyard. The working museum has dinosaurs on display,but also provides opportunities to experience paleontology in action.” Peterson says before he visited the Paleon Museum as a 13-year-old, dinosaurs were just images in a book.
It’s not unusual for the local dinosaur museum and the people who spend their time there to spark an interest among aspiring paleontologists, both young and old. A group of women, affectionately called the “Bone Biddies,” volunteer their time to support the paleontologist who manages the museum and its collections. While the Bone Biddies are helping prepare museum discoveries for exhibit, they become experts on the bones they are preparing and love to share their knowledge.
They have a public display area, a working prep lab and an active local dig site!
If you’re looking for a hands-on experience, the Paleon Museum offers dinosaur enthusiasts a unique opportunity to take part in a fossil dig! They offer one and two day and week long excursions to dig for dino bones in the field.
Inquiries can be made online at https://www.paleonmuseum.org or by calling the museum at 307-436-2667. The digs are a wonderful opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind memory with your family!
Open: Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.