The Dinosphere® gallery will be closed Feb. 2021–March 2022 for construction. When it reopens, new experiences will include two giant sauropod fossils from the Jurassic Period and Mesozoic marine fossils. Click here to learn more.
Now You’re in Their World
Thundering footsteps. Unusual plants. A brilliantly colored sky and changing weather. Where are you? You’ve been transported to the land of dinosaurs—over 65 million years ago. Be on the lookout! Tyrannosaurs, Triceratops, Maiasauras, and more are roaming nearby.
- Come face to face with full-size dinosaur skeletons.
- Dig for dinosaur bones.
- See one of the largest displays of juvenile dinosaur fossils in the world.
- Touch an authentic T. rex bone.
This exhibit is located on the Lower Level and Level 1.
Jurassic Paleo Labs—Now Open!
The museum-led Mission Jurassic team uncovered nearly 500 new fossils from the Jurassic Mile™ dig site this summer weighing in at more than 15 tons! Now you can see some of those colossal fossils being prepped on your next visit to the Dinosphere® gallery.
The Jurassic bones found at our Mission Jurassic dig site are significantly larger than the Cretaceous bones that had been prepped in the museum's Polly H. Hix Paleo Prep Lab. Bigger bones require bigger equipment and a larger workspace. The museum built The R.B. Annis Mission Jurassic Paleo Lab in order to accommodate the bigger Jurassic bones. Now that both labs are complete, our scientists will have the proper room and equipment to tackle these extraordinary specimens.
Leonardo: The Mummified Dinosaur
Leonardo is arguably the most scientifically important dinosaur ever discovered. When this fossilized Brachylophosaurus was carefully unearthed in the Montana Badlands in 2002, researchers had their first real look at the skin, the scales, the foot pads, and even the stomach contents of the behemoths that roamed the planet 77 million years ago.
Bucky the Teenage T. rex
Bucky is the sixth most complete T. rex ever found and the first teenage T. rex put on permanent display in a museum. He’s also the first T. rex to be identified with a furcula, or collar bone. Bucky was named after the young rancher and rodeo cowboy Bucky Derflinger who discovered Bucky in 1998.
Dracorex hogwartsia is a dinosaur that is new to science, and it bears a close resemblance to a fairy-tale dragon, with its bony head covered in spikes and knobs. A team of museum scientists officially named the new dinosaur species Dracorex hogwartsia, the “Dragon King of Hogwarts.” to celebrate Hogwarts, the academy for wizards in the Harry Potter novels.
Leonardo: The Mummified Dinosaur and the Dinosphere website are presented by The Scott A. Jones Foundation.
Mission Jurassic is made possible through lead gift support from Lilly Endowment Inc., with major support provided by Susie and Jack Sogard.