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Wyoming Dinosaur Center, Thermopolis

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#1 of 6 in Childrens Museums in Wyoming
Science Museum · Children’s Museum
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Wyoming Dinosaur Center boasts many mounted skeletons of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, in addition to fossils from across the state and the world. You will be able to take a peek into the preparation lab, where you can watch palaeontologists work their way through the past. Visit active dinosaur dig sites only minutes from the museum on a guided tour, or sign up for a Dig for a Day or Shovel Ready and experience palaeontology firsthand. Please be sure to check out the website for all further details about visiting. Plan my trip to Thermopolis with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • The displays and teaching resources were excellent. The staff came out and spoke personally to our small group of 8. Really appreciating the attention to detail in the specimens and replicas. good.....  more
    The displays and teaching resources were excellent. The staff came out and spoke personally to our small group of 8. Really appreciating the attention to detail in the specimens and replicas. good.....  more »
  • I have visited many science museums. This is one of the best. The collection of dinosaur fossils is comprehensive. I never realized so much was known about dinosaur evolution or that so many... 
    I have visited many science museums. This is one of the best. The collection of dinosaur fossils is comprehensive. I never realized so much was known about dinosaur evolution or that so many...  more »
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  • Absolutely wonderful. The museum is small enough that you can get through every exhibit within a couple of hours and the kids will not tire. Staff and volunteers are so helpful and sweet. We will be back next summer for another dig, too!!
  • The quality of exhibits is outstanding. Each display tells a story. This isn’t a museum just telling you the name of a dinosaur and where it lived. They tell stories about how species lived and interacted with the ecosystems. I learned a lot as did my kids. If I was just rating the quality of the museum it would be 4.5. It needs a few more hands-on kid centered activities to be a 5. The quarry is a separate tour and charge. We didn’t realize that until they announced the tour departing. By then it was sold out. So we missed out on that. Which leads me to the quality of staff greeting visitors as they enter. They two we encountered seemed detached and uninterested or poorly trained. We were not greeted, the ticket options were not clearly explained. I tried asking questions and it was like pulling teeth to get answers. And later when we tried to buy a pretzel the response was, “we have no idea if they are good.” I don’t even Know what that meant. If I judged the facility on the quality of staff I encountered I would give it a 1. Don’t let staff with bad attitude distract from the overall quality of the museum. Also, billboards advertise “kids dig” but it isn’t like you can just walk up and sign your kids up to dig. These are booked in advance, periodic events that cost a fair amount. I was pretty disappointed in that.

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