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Dakota Dinosaur Museum Opens May 1st
Post Date: May 01 2014
dino.jpgThe Dakota Dinosaur Museum, celebrating 20 years of service, opens for the season on Thursday, May 1.

On May 13, 1994, the museum opened for public review with several thousand geological and paleontological specimens of the League collection donated to Dakota Dinosaur Museum, Inc. The collection includes several real dinosaurs and mammals, an outstanding mineral and rock collection, fluorescent minerals, vertebrate and invertebrate fossils and seashell collection.   

Although we have had visitors annually from all fifty states, the lack of motel rooms has contributed to a decline of out of state tourists the last few years. With the availability of more motel rooms for tourists this summer”, says Alice League, executive director, “we are looking for an increase in attendance this summer.  We host many school field trips in May. Openings are available if your class would like to schedule a tour.

As a nonprofit museum, our funding for the operation is derived solely from admissions, gift shop and membership contributions.  Thus with limited funding, the museum functions with a skeletal crew of Alice and Larry along with a couple of volunteers, Ann Bertie and Helen Hallowell from May 1 through Labor Day. 

“Although the museum is home to a wide selection of dinosaurs, the museum contains much more than dinosaurs” says Larry League, museum curator and museum founder. Even though the museum displays 11 full-scale dinosaurs, our feature exhibit for 2014 is rare invertebrate fossils of the world.  A wide variety of fossils and minerals is on display from all over the world in one of the finest displays seen anywhere. Visitors will want to view the smallest fossil in the museum and a selection of brachiopods, gastropods, cephalopods and pelecypods.

Other interesting invertebrates on display include sand dollars from England, complete, rare crinoids from Indiana and Iowa and nearly everyone recognizes our trilobites, ancient sea floor scavengers. We even have rare trilobite tracks made on an ancient sea floor eons ago. There is also a fossil crab from Italy and a fossil shrimp from Lebanon plus much more.    

Visitors may extend their museum experience by visiting the Dino Gift Shop where they will find an excellent selection of minerals, fossil specimens, t-shirts, books and educational items During the winter months, the Leagues attend a variety of rock and mineral shows to hand pick unique minerals and fossils for the shop. Your purchase will support the museum operation and make a great gift for a friend or new a home decoration.

See it all at the Dakota Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson, North Dakota in 2014. The museum is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, seven days a week from May 1 - Labor Day.

Admission: $8.00 – adult and $5.00 – 3-12 yrs. Annual memberships are available for both general and business members. 

For more information about museum exhibits and general operations, visit www.dakotadino.com
 
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