Great Plains Dinosaur Museum

Great Plains Dinosaur Museum

Great Plains Dinosaur Museum
4.5
Visitor CentresSpeciality MuseumsHistoric Walking AreasScience Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
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
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
About
We are open and welcome your visit. Located on US 2 in Malta the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum showcases some of Montana's best preserved dinosaurs - you will see REAL fossil remains of Hadrosaurs, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Sauropods, raptor dinosaurs, and others who once roamed the great plains of Montana. Also displayed is a stunning variety of fish, invertebrates including ammonites, lobsters, rare crabs and plants. Don't miss the fossil prep lab and unique gift store onsite. The summer season also features digs and educational programs for youth and adults. See website for dig program details and scheduling. There is great access to the Trafton walking trail system, HG Robinson House Gardens and just across the parking lot is the Phillips County Museum. Adequate parking for RV's. Please email or call with any questions!
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Erin D
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Great museum! We did the dino trail and would recommend every single museum on the trail, the towns are great and the scenery is amazing!
Written August 8, 2022
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Yay - congrats on doing the Trail and thanks for the great review. Montana and Museums at their best, we're glad you enjoyed it all.
Written August 9, 2023
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Reba L
Tyler, TX1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
It really sucks that it's closed during winter I would have loved to go and see it as I love dinasors and am stuck her for the weekend.

It's in a building so why be closed ???
Written January 7, 2022
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Rebal 2019 - we're sorry for the slow reply. We have a new marketing effort and hope to be better at responding. We are closed in the winter for financial reasons. It's just not feasible for us to staff the museum during the off tourism season. We do however with at least a days notice try to accommodate visitors in groups of at least 3 all year. Please leave a voice message on 406.654.5300 or send us an email at dinosaur@itstriangle.com and we will make arrangements with one of our volunteer to make your visit happen. We appreciate your interest - we're an awesome place but we are also a self sustaining non profit. Hopefully someday, we can be open year a round.
Written July 13, 2022
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Anne K
Fullerton, CA181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
We were traveling Hwy 2 and didn’t realize we were following the Dinosaur Trail. Stopped at the museum which is small but very nice with wonderful exhibits including a Guinness Book of World Records best preserved dinosaur. Young man was very knowledgeable about area geology and finds. Fun short stop right off Hwy 2.
Written July 16, 2021
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Montanagirl1
Kalispell, MT100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Spent 5 days doing the Montana Dinosaur Trail and while we loved them all, this one was extra Fantastic! The front desk gentleman /paleontologist (and Bobcat!!) was extra helpful explaining things to us and made it more personable. Both museums in Malta were great!
Written July 12, 2020
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Nolan P
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
We were a group of five old men from Washington state who traveled for two days to get to Malta with little or no sleep. We loved the museum. We had to correct the curator on one small fact as she kept calling the mummy dinosaur Leonardo "he." Leonardo was obviously a she since she was a mummy. Duh! We had a great time
Written July 15, 2019
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MinotGirl
Minot, ND212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
We stopped by here on our way home to ND as we were driving through. I had heard about it from a friend who had stopped about a week before. What a great little museum. It’s pretty inexpensive, $5 per adult, $3 per child aged 5 and older, and kids 5 and under are free. The exhibits are wonderful. Many of them are touch exhibits and the majority of the fossils here are found locally. The lady at the front counter had a ton of information about their dinosaurs like where they were found and what made some of them unique. We loved it, and our son, who is absolutely in love with dinosaurs, was in his own little paradise. We will be back!
Written June 27, 2018
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HalosTruth7
Malta, MT1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Business
Overall, a very interesting and educational establishment. I wish there was a little bit more for your buck. A good place to bring young children and families.
Written April 7, 2018
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bryonia2015
Brisbane, Australia726 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
The museum is an eclectic mix of dinosaurs found locally, Indian artifacts from local Plains Indians and another half dozen "rooms" or exhibits of settlers items or local inhabitants donations (like the now defunct Post Office) ranging from the 1700's to the 1950's. The lady running the museum generously gave us her time, information and lots of brochures to interest us in Montana, of which she is immensely proud. She showed us the difference between original Indian beading with Porcupine Quills and that made with beads which they traded for furs. (I always wondered why they would want coloured beads however once you see the enormous number of decorated clothing items, or the beading on halters and leads for their horses, it starts to become logical. ) A 1950's kitchen was packed full of useful items for the housewife and no doubt, in future years, the kids will laugh at the ice box and laminated tables. Upstairs is a large collection of musical instruments and medicals items. A book on the Geology of the Great Plains was a treasured find. Small towns like Malta are often blessed with volunteer historians who generously donate their time to create a gem like this museum for future generations.
Written August 21, 2017
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474lizr
Minnetonka, MN10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Found this gem on Trip Advisor and stopped for a terrific visit. Nice collection of fossils from surrounding countryside including major dino finds. Especially enjoyed the many stories and photos of the local people/families who in some cases discovered or donated these fossils -- they came from hunters, 4 year olds, local builders, etc.
Written August 4, 2017
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Larkeyskip
Snohomish, WA72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
If you visit this small but rich museum when Cary Woodruff is there, make sure you strike up a conversation with him. I just stumbled on the whole dinosaur thing, not realizing I had spent two weeks roaming in the Hell Creek Formation area (hey, I was there for the bison). I stopped in to the museum and learned all about the rich local area (they spit up dinos like crazy, including a T rex that will come to our Burke Museum in Seattle). I also learned about the (lack of) law protecting paleontological finds, and that there is a steady flow of fossils out of the U.S. to other countries with no science or public viewing before they leave. It's legal! I left deciding dinos needed an advocate, and included them in my comments on preserving national monuments.

I was bummed that my trip was well before the "Wine and Dino" event, and wish I had known I could sign up for a fund-raiser dino dig with the Museum (better than a commercial outfit, which will charge you to dig and then charge the dude overseas who buys the dino- see the museum Web for info).

Many thanks to the local families who have donated the right to dig up dinos on their properties to museums and universities. We get to see the dinos and learn from them.

It was a fun way to finally get geologic time periods to actually stick in my brain. Cool exhibits, gift shop to bring well-appreciated gifts to the young and old kids I know.

Make sure you get your prehistoric passport and get a stamp here and next door at the most wonderful Phillips County Museum.
Written July 16, 2017
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