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Dinosphere®: Now You're in Their World


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. 

COVID-19 Safety Exhibit Updates:
To facilitate social distancing, entry to the  Dinosphere® gallery is one-way only, down the ramp from Level 1. Exit is through the Lower Level tunnel to All Aboard! Many low-touch interactive elements within the Dinosphere® gallery are open. Touchable elements are sanitized by staff frequently, and sanitizing wipes are provided for your use. The following high-touch elements are closed or have been removed for your health and safety:
  • The crawl-through viewing bubbles in the T. rex display are closed.
  • The Dinosaur Dig and Wall Dig are closed.
  • The Smell like a T. Rex interactives are closed.
  • Dinosaur costumes have been removed.
  • Touchable sculptures, the meteorite, and puzzles have been removed.

All Children's Museum exhibits will have capacity limits. Museum staff will monitor occupancy and if capacity is reached, staff will admit visitors to the exhibit when others leave.

The Dinosphere® gallery will be closed for cleaning several times throughout the day. Pick up a handout of the day's cleaning times when you arrive at the museum.

Paleo Art GalleryNow 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.

Significant Specimens

Leonardo: The Mummified Dinosaur

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 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

Dracorex Hogwartsia

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.

Mission Jurassic

Mission Jurassic

Mission Jurassic is a $27.5 million project that brings together more than 100 scientists from three countries to explore and excavate a fossil-rich dinosaur dig site in Wyoming, known as the Jurassic Mile™ dig site. The site is a treasure trove of Jurassic fossil bones, trackways, and preserved plant life from millions of years ago, which will lead to never-before-told stories about the Jurassic period. The Dinosphere® gallery will be closed Feb. 2021–March 2022 for a major expansion to add these giants of the Jurassic to the exhibit Click here to learn more.

Learn More 

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.