The Great Plains Dinosaur Museum was formed as a non-profit organization in 2003 by a local group of community members in Malta, Montana in order to care for the unique dinosaur discoveries of Phillips County. This group of well-meaning individuals rented a tire shop in Malta and turned it into the Dinosaur Field Station, a preparatory laboratory where dinosaur fossils of the area were studied and cleaned.
For five years the makeshift facility housed various types of specimens and welcomed the general public and even scientists alike. The state of Montana approved funding for the creation of the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and the planning began in 2006. The Dinosaur Field Station closed in the spring of 2008 and the specimens were transferred to a new location. The GPD Museum and Field Station was launched to the public on June 6, 2008.
The museum houses a wide array of fossils from dinosaurs to lobsters. On display are some of Montana's well preserved dinosaurs, such as "Ralph," a long-necked sauropod; "Roberta," a large duckbill; "Carl," a triceratops; "Giffen," Montana's first stegosaurus; and "Leonardo," a rare mummy-dinosaur preserved in stone.
Other popular fossils found in the museum include prehistoric fossils fish, prehistoric plants, as well as specimens of rare marine invertebrates. For even the smallest child, the museum has entertaining hands-on educational and informative activities that make their experience memorable and engaging.
Other activities offered by the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum are Children?s Adventure, The Dinosaur Dig, Natural History, and Paleontology Tour. The museum also offers books and fun educational programs like the Junior Paleontologist In-House Program ? a 90-minute program that his open to all ages and where participants learn the basics of excavation, fossil discovery, preparation, research, and display, in addition to the museum?s gift shop, easy access for the handicapped and customer care.
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