The Montana Dinosaur Center | Bynum, Montana
See hatchling bones from a fossil nest and join in active dinosaur digs along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front.
The Montana Dinosaur Center in Bynum, Montana is the home of the world’s first discovered dinosaur nest. The museum gallery houses the Guinness Book of World Records world’s longest dinosaur skeleton, Seismo the seismosaurus (137 feet long, 27 feet high at the hips). AS Montana’s only independent non-profit, non-governmental museum they are able to offer same day, hands-on dinosaur fossil expeditions.
In addition to the museum - public, hands-on dinosaur dig programs are offered throughout the summer. These programs run from a half-day site tour all the way to a two-week long Paleo Training Course. Advanced registration required. Programs available through the The Montana Dinosaur Center are designed to allow participants to work beside actual research professionals and staff. Such interaction allows participants to learn current principles and techniques of fossil preservation, leading to better reporting and documentation of fossil discoveries.
Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark
The Montana Dinosaur Center is located in Bynum, Montana, approximately half-way between Great Falls and Glacier Park on U.S. 89. Bynum is a small community of approximately 20 people (when everyone is home!) nestled in the heart of dinosaur country. The closest "metropolitan" area is the town of Choteau (population 1,800). Most overnight visitors to the area stay and do their shopping in Choteau.
The Montana Dinosaur Center is a non-profit research and educational institution. Traditionally, amateur discoveries have made up over 90% of the total significant fossils documented. The Center encourages the public to continue this important tradition and at the same time lessen the adverse impact of untrained amateurs in the field.
Historical Time Period for Site
The dinosaur era
*See Open Months for Hours Admission: Child (3 & under)- FREE, Children (4-12)- $3.00, Adults (13+)- $5.00, Seniors (55+)- $4.00, Veterans (and party)- $4.00
June- first week of Sept.: Open Daily, 9 AM - 6 PM, Sept. & May: Wed.-Sun., 10 AM - 5 PM, Oct.- Apr.: By appointment Mon.-Fri. 10 AM - 5 PM