National Fossil Day

It's National Fossil Day at the Museum! Visit Prehistoric Journey to explore the history of life on Earth, watch volunteers clean fossils in the Schlessman Family Laboratory of Earth Sciences, and participate in exciting fossil themed activities throughout the Museum. Meet paleontologists from the Museum and see specimens from our Earth Sciences collections. Partner organizations including the National Park Service, Western Interior Paleontological Society, and the Minerals Education Coalition will feature fun activities for earth science enthusiasts of all ages.


Treasures from DMNS Earth Sciences Collections
Check out spectacular fossils from our Earth Sciences collections and learn about the Paleozoic time period.
Insects and Butterflies, Level 1


Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS)
Meet local paleontologists and explore local fossils with WIPS.
Level 3 Bridge


Schlessman Family Laboratory of Earth Sciences
Stop by the lab in Prehistoric Journey to check out recent DMNS fossil discoveries and watch volunteers at work cleaning fossils.
Prehistoric Journey, Level 3


National Park Service
Join the National Park Service in celebrating their 4th annual National Fossil Day. Discover what paleontological treasures our national parks hold and learn how you can become a junior ranger.
South Atrium, Level 1


Meet Prehistoric Pals in the Discovery Zone
Kids imagine they are prehistoric explorers and jump back in time to learn about three kinds of Cretaceous period animals. They use their new knowledge to help a baby Maiasaura find her mom!
Showtimes at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Discovery Zone, Level 2


Explore the Earth with the Minerals Education Coalition
Celebrate Earth Science Week and learn about the importance of mining in your everyday life with fun, hands-on activities.
South Atrium, Level 1


Cruisin’ the Cosmos: National Fossil Day Edition
Fly around the Earth visiting famous fossil locations in North America, Europe, and Asia.
12:30 p.m.
Gates Planetarium, Level 1


Become a Dinosaur Detective
Learn from Museum educators how to excavate dinosaurs. Put the pieces together to discover your dinosaur and solve the mystery.
Science Atrium, Level 1


Discover Rocks and Minerals
Observe and explore rocks, gems, and minerals at our Rocks and Minerals Exploration Station. Learn the difference between rocks, gems, and minerals and determine uses for minerals in your daily life.
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Coors Gems and Minerals, Level 1

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