Museum of the Rockies
Museum of the Rockies
4.5
Natural History MuseumsScience MuseumsObservatories & PlanetariumsHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University is a Smithsonian Affiliate, recognized as one of the world's finest research and history museums. It is renowned for displaying an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils, including a T. rex skeleton! MOR delights visitors with changing exhibits from around the world, permanent indoor and outdoor regional history exhibits, planetarium shows, educational programs, insightful lectures, benefit events, and a museum store. Snack and beverage vending machines are located in the lower lobby. There are numerous cafes and restaurants nearby.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Kathy Z
    246 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely outstanding museum showcasing local fossils and dinosaur bones.
    Outstanding museum, we toured on our way to the airport. My partner insisted on fitting this fabulous museum in and it was so worth it. What a marvelous collection and such excellent contextual labels and education materials. Our favorite part of the museum was the amazing display of Triceratops dinosaur bones, It was fascinating seeing all the different variations of skeleton and growth characteristics from the juvenile triceratops to the older with amazing changes in their neck shield. Also we so enjoyed seeing the palentologists from the University working on individual fossils. We just so enjoyed every bit of the museum, even the photos on the historic railroad near Bozeman. We highly recommend for an absorbing and fascinating morning or afternoon.
    Thank you so much for your outstanding five-star review of Museum of the Rockies! We're thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic experience during your visit, even though it was a brief stop on your way to the airport. We appreciate you taking the time to explore our museum and are delighted that it was worth the visit. It's wonderful to hear that you found our collection to be marvelous and that our contextual labels and educational materials were excellent. We strive to provide comprehensive information to enhance the visitor experience, so it's fantastic to know that you found them helpful. We're thrilled that the display of Triceratops dinosaur bones was a favorite part of your visit. The variations in skeleton and growth characteristics, from the juvenile triceratops to the older ones with amazing changes in their neck shield, are indeed fascinating. It's great that you also enjoyed observing the paleontologists from the University working on individual fossils. We take pride in showcasing the ongoing scientific research and discoveries in our exhibits. Furthermore, we're delighted that you appreciated the photos of the historic railroad near Bozeman. We believe in presenting a well-rounded experience that encompasses not just natural history but also the cultural and historical context of the region. Thank you for highly recommending Museum of the Rockies as an absorbing and fascinating destination for a morning or afternoon visit. We're thrilled to have provided you with an enjoyable and enriching experience. We hope to welcome you back in the future for more discoveries and memorable moments at Museum of the Rockies!
    Written 12 June 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Written 10 June 2023
  • Madelynn H
    Billings, Montana7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit!
    A great place to go learn! The exhibits were well put together and interesting. Overall a nice visit, the museum is kept clean and the staff is very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I would recommend checking it out on your visit to Bozeman if you haven’t seen it! Also a great place to take kids!
    Thank you so much for your wonderful five-star review! We're delighted to hear that you had a great time at our museum. It's fantastic to know that you found the exhibits to be well-crafted and captivating. We take pride in maintaining a clean and welcoming environment, and our friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff are always ready to assist visitors. We appreciate your recommendation to fellow travelers visiting Bozeman. It truly is a fantastic place to explore and learn, and we're thrilled to be a part of your positive experience. We agree wholeheartedly that it's an excellent destination for families, providing an enriching experience for kids and adults alike. Thank you for your support and for spreading the word about our museum!
    Written 16 June 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 June 2023
  • Michael A
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dinosaurs, Planetarium, Da Vinci. . . . . so much history
    The dinosaurs were amazing, throw on top if it an ample space for the march of time as it takes you through the movement of man in the area. We also got to see the Da Vinci exhibit. When my 4 year old had enough of the people and the walking we went to the third floor where there were children's exhibits that she could interact with. A great relief for the parents. Ohhh and even a planetarium, all very reasonably priced.
    Thank you for your enthusiastic review of Museum of the Rockies! We are thrilled that you had a fantastic time exploring our exhibits and attractions. The dinosaurs were amazing, and you appreciated the journey through the movement of humanity in the area. The Da Vinci exhibit was also a highlight. The children's exhibits on the third floor provided a great relief for parents, and the planetarium was a captivating experience. You found our offerings reasonably priced and enjoyed the interactive and historical aspects of the museum. We look forward to your return in the future to continue enjoying our enriching experiences.
    Written 11 July 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Written 8 July 2023
  • WrldTraveler1789
    Austin, Texas100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum. A must see if you like dinosaurs.
    The best dinosaur exhibit we have ever been to. The amount and detail of the different species is simply incredible. There are also other exhibits which are very interesting but the dinosaurs take the lead for sure. There is something for kids and adults alike.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your fantastic review of Museum of the Rockies! We are thrilled to hear that you had an enjoyable experience and found our dinosaur exhibit to be the best you've ever been to. We take immense pride in curating an extensive and detailed collection of different species, and it's delightful to know that it left a lasting impression on you. We are equally pleased to hear that you found our other exhibits to be interesting and engaging. Our goal is to offer a diverse range of displays that cater to visitors of all ages, and we're glad you found something that appealed to both kids and adults alike. Your kind words and positive feedback are truly appreciated. We hope to welcome you back to Museum of the Rockies soon for another memorable visit.
    Written 24 July 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Jeff7520
    Castle Rock, Colorado379 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Great Natural History Museum
    This is one of the best museums I've been to anywhere in the US and I wish we had had more time to enjoy ourselves and see all of the museum. Give yourself 2-3 hours, there is just a ton to see. The dinosaur exhibits are the best I've seen anywhere in the US. The number of T-Rex, triceratops, etc will blow you away. They have the deinonychus fossils which is really cool. The Living History Farm is fun and we talked to the re-enactor staff in the house. The traveling DaVinci exhibits were cool and interactive. We didn't have time to see things like the planetarium, the Yellowstone wildlife exhibits, etc. I definitely want to come back here.
    Thank you for your amazing review! We're thrilled to hear that you had such a wonderful time at Museum of the Rockies and that it ranks among the best museums you've visited in the US. It's fantastic that you enjoyed the extensive dinosaur exhibits, including the impressive T-Rex, triceratops, and deinonychus fossils. We're glad you had fun exploring the Living History Farm and engaging with our re-enactor staff. The DaVinci exhibits and interactive elements seem to have added to your experience as well. We're sorry you couldn't explore everything this time, but we're excited to welcome you back for another round of enriching discoveries. Your kind words and anticipation mean a lot to us, and we can't wait to have you back!
    Written 15 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • kates5283
    Cincinnati, Ohio176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dinosaurs!!!!
    *Disclaimer-we stayed in July 2022, but I kept getting busy with life and kids and kept forgetting to review, but they deserve the good review. Marked as Sept 2022, but we were there in July, early August. Dinosaur heaven! Oh my gosh! this was one of the best museums we have been to, at least for dinosaurs! Our son loves all things dinosaur and has since he was very little. We went on a multi day tour to Yellowstone and decided to add a day to our trip in order to stay in Bozeman to come to the museum. Our son was in Heaven! He loved seeing the original fossils of dinosaurs that we have seen casts of in Columbus at COSI. There were other parts of the museum and we enjoyed all of them, but spent the majority of our time with the dinosaurs. It is definitely the measurement used by our son when we go to other museums now. It was quite enjoyable and worth the time and money.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience at Museum of the Rockies! We're thrilled to hear that your son had such a fantastic time exploring our dinosaur exhibits. It's heartwarming to know that he found so much joy in seeing the original fossils and comparing them to casts from other museums. We're glad you found value in the other parts of the museum as well. Your kind words and recommendation mean a lot to us. We're honored to be a memorable part of your trip, and we hope to welcome you all back for more enriching experiences in the future!
    Written 15 August 2023
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    Visited September 2022
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Dawn C
    Washington, Illinois74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum- don’t miss it!
    Fabulous museum! The dinosaur exhibits were outstanding. It was great to see actual bones. A friend recommended we see this museum, and it was no disappointment! I would highly recommend it. They had a interesting hands on Leonardo da Vinci exhibit. I had no idea how much he has truly invented. We were on a time crunch, and spent two hours there. It was sufficient to see the majority of the museum and read as much as we wanted to read. They had a planetarium as well, which would have been nice to see but time restrained us. This museum is a NARM reciprocal museum, so if you are members at another museum, take your card.
    Hi Dawn! Thank you so much for your amazing review and for taking the time to visit Museum of the Rockies. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our Siebel Dinosaur Complex and our changing DaVinci exhibit. We hope the rest of your travels were exceptional as your visit with us, we hope to welcome you back soon!
    Written 28 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Laura K
    El Segundo, California43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go even if you only have 90 min
    We had a few hours before our flight and visited it due to all the excellent reviews. And very much the right decision. The website said to plan 4 hours. I had a teenager and a young adult son and found that 90 min was perfect. Even spent time in the lovely gift shop with some pretty jewelry at reasonable prices. Highly recommend.
    Hi Laura, thank you so much for visiting us before your flight! We're thrilled to hear that you found our website's recommendation helpful and enjoyed your time here. It's great to know that 90 minutes was the perfect amount of time for you and your family. We love that you were able to visit our gift shop! We hope that you come back to see us again here at Museum of the Rockies, thank you!
    Written 28 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 August 2023
  • cindy m
    Florida29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See
    WOW! This place is totally amazing!!!! My husband and I stayed in Bozeman for a few days before heading to Yellowstone and found out about the museum. What an incredible experience! The displays and information about each one are simply breathtaking. We were walking around in awe the whole time. We also watched one of the movies. We HIGHLY recommend!
    Hi Cindy! Thank you so much for your amazing review! We're thrilled to hear that you and your husband had a breathtaking experience while at Museum of the Rockies. It's great to know that our exhibit halls left you in awe. We truly appreciate your recommendation and hope to welcome you back to Museum of the Rockies soon!
    Written 7 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 February 2024
  • Mary J
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So Great!
    I really enjoy museums with dinosaurs and other ancient creatures. My daughter, grandson, and I stayed in Bozeman just so we could go to the museum. The Museum of the Rockies was absolutely great! We now follow it on Facebook and will definitely plan another visit!
    Mary, we are thrilled to hear that you and your family had such a wonderful experience at Museum of the Rockies! We appreciate you following us on Facebook and look forward to welcoming you back soon for another visit. Thank you for your support!
    Written 18 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 March 2024
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Gobeach56
Oak Creek, CO201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We needed to kill a half day in Bozeman before heading on to Yellowstone. After touring the town, we decided to visit the Museum of the Rockies. We started with a presentation of the “Montana Night Skies” in the Planetarium – which is part of your day ticket. A really excellent and informative experience. When they tell you to get to the Planetarium 15 minutes early, they mean it. It was almost completely full with 10 minutes to go. The dinosaur exhibits and fossils are hands-down the best I’ve ever seen. Truly an amazing presentation of a large variety of dinosaurs. There was also a photography exhibit "Conserving America’s Wildlands” featuring breathtaking images from Ted Turner’s conservation properties across the country. This was one of the most pleasant and fun surprises we’ve come across in our recent travels.
Written 12 March 2024
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Hi Gobeach56, thank you for sharing your positive experience at Museum of the Rockies! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our taylor Planetarium, Siebel Dinosaur Complex, and our current changing exhibit. Your kind words mean a lot to us. We hope to welcome you back soon for another amazing visit! Thank you for visiting while in Bozeman!
Written 19 March 2024
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Mary J
Burien10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I really enjoy museums with dinosaurs and other ancient creatures. My daughter, grandson, and I stayed in Bozeman just so we could go to the museum. The Museum of the Rockies was absolutely great! We now follow it on Facebook and will definitely plan another visit!
Written 6 March 2024
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Mary, we are thrilled to hear that you and your family had such a wonderful experience at Museum of the Rockies! We appreciate you following us on Facebook and look forward to welcoming you back soon for another visit. Thank you for your support!
Written 18 March 2024
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cindy m
Florida29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
WOW! This place is totally amazing!!!! My husband and I stayed in Bozeman for a few days before heading to Yellowstone and found out about the museum. What an incredible experience! The displays and information about each one are simply breathtaking. We were walking around in awe the whole time. We also watched one of the movies. We HIGHLY recommend!
Written 5 February 2024
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Hi Cindy! Thank you so much for your amazing review! We're thrilled to hear that you and your husband had a breathtaking experience while at Museum of the Rockies. It's great to know that our exhibit halls left you in awe. We truly appreciate your recommendation and hope to welcome you back to Museum of the Rockies soon!
Written 7 February 2024
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Sierra L
Raleigh, NC4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Amazing museum for all ages. It offers a great history of the area. The displays were top notch. I would put this museum next to the Smithsonian for their Dinosaur displays.
Written 15 January 2024
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Hi Sierra, thank you so much for your kind words! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Museum of the Rockies and found Siebel Dinosaur Complex to be top-notch. We strive to offer a great historical experience for all ages. Hope to see you again soon! Thank you for visting us!
Written 17 January 2024
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Miguel A
Cooper City, FL7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Dinosaur attractions make way museum of the Rockies is #1 they even show you a scientist sawing through the dinosaur bones.💯💯💯 Best dino museum ever.
Written 8 January 2024
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Thank you, miguelaU3657DN! We're thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic experience at Museum of the Rockies. Our team takes pride in providing engaging exhibits, including the unique opportunity to witness the scientific process up close inside our Bowman Dinosaur Viewing Lab. We appreciate your kind words and hope to welcome you back soon!
Written 9 January 2024
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Ellen V
Garden Grove, CA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
It’s one of the best museums I have ever been to. I highly recommend spending 2-3 hours there so you can see everything. Very educational and fun, too. They have a planetarium with shows, too.
Written 2 October 2023
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Hi Ellen! We're thrilled to hear that you had such a great experience at Museum of the Rockies. Thank you for recommending it and mentioning our Taylor Planetarium shows. We strive to provide both education and entertainment to our visitors. We hope to see you again soon, take care!
Written 4 October 2023
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Louise M
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This museum is an outstanding effort on the part of the university and several benefactors and very dedicated staff who produce a walk through the history of the universe in the planetarium shows through the history of the Earth and the life that emerged from the Mesozoic Era through lifestyles of the Native Americans and European settlers until post WWII. Well worth spending half a day if staying in the Bozeman area.
Written 28 September 2023
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Louise, thank you for your kind words about Museum of the Rockies. We're thrilled to hear that you found our exhibits and Taylor Planetarium shows informative and engaging. We appreciate your support and hope to welcome you back for another exploration of history and culture in the future. Have a wonderful day!
Written 2 October 2023
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53rb53
Prince George, VA259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
If you are in to dinosaurs you must go to this museum. They had many fully reconstructed skeletons and a large number of bones and egg nests. Also includes some good exhibit on history of the area.
Written 28 September 2023
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Hi 53rb53, thank you for your glowing review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our Siebel Dinosaur Complex, with our extensive fossil collection, and informative exhibits in our Paugh History Hall. We hope to welcome you back soon for more prehistoric discoveries! Thank you for coming to Museum of the Rockies!
Written 29 September 2023
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noel d
Thurles, Ireland39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Great experience definitely must see on visit definitely worth seeing customer service at start way in great too enjoy there job.
Written 20 September 2023
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Hi Noel, thank you so much for your positive review! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great experience with our Visitors Services members. We appreciate your kind words and hope to see you again soon. Enjoy your day!
Written 28 September 2023
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A2coolcity
Fishers, IN1,017 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, offers an informative and engaging showcase of DaVinci's works and inventions, providing remarkable insights into the creative genius of this ahead-of-his-time man. The museum's diverse exhibits, including the captivating dinosaur display and a collection of transportation and housing artifacts, add to the experience. The Living Farm exhibit at the Tinsley House offers a nostalgic journey into the past, perfect for photographers and those interested in history. With a range of displays and a 20-minute IMAX film, the visit can span 2-3 hours, allowing reflection on each exhibit. While the admission is $20 for adults, discounts are available for AAA, seniors, and children. With something for visitors of all ages, the Museum of the Rockies promises an enriching and enjoyable visit.
Written 23 August 2023
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Hi A2coolcity, thank you for your glowing review of Museum of the Rockies! We're thrilled to know that you found our exhibits, including the Siebel Dinosaur Complex, informative and engaging, and that you enjoyed the diverse range of displays. We appreciate your feedback and hope to welcome you back soon for another enriching visit!
Written 28 September 2023
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