Best Dinosaur Museums in the USA

1. Wyoming Dinosaur Center - Thermopolis, WY
Besides being a world class dinosaur museum which includes interpretive displays, dioramas and life-size dinosaur mounts, but it has over 60 identified dinosaur digsites in a 500-acre area. Program and activites include Digsite tours,  Dig-for-a-day programs, and dinosaur digs for kids.
  
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Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center - Woodland Park, CO
It hosts some of the most spectacular dinosaurs, marine reptiles, flying reptiles and fish of North America’s Late Cretaceous world. Each skeleton tells a tale of how they may have appeared in life, the environments they lived in, stories of the discovery and excavation of each specimen. Their dinosaur and marine specimens include: the world’s only Pachycephalosaurus, the world’s largest Mosasaur, the world’s first 3-D giant Xiphactinus and 2 Daspletosaurs (more rare than T-Rex, only 8 in the world)! Over 30 skeletons and life restorations on display.

3. Dinosaur National Monument - Utah and Colorado
The visitor center has a rock wall containing 1500 fossil bones, a paleontology laboratory, exhibits, and a bookstore. The monument which is run by the National Park Service contain a large deposit of fossil dinosaur bones that lived millions of years ago. Many people think that  dinosaurs were big horrible lizards because some of the first dinosaur fossils ever found were huge bones and teeth, very lizard-like except for their size, and so the idea of monstrous lizards was born. Today, many ideas about dinosaurs are changing, and the fossils at Dinosaur National Monument continue to help us learn more about these fascinating animals.

 

4. Dinosaur Journey - Fruita, CO
Dinosaur Journey is a hands-on, interactive museum and is the perfect place to learn about your favorite dinosaurs! They have robotic displays of Dilophosaurus, Utahraptor, T-Rex and many other displays including real bones plus cast skeletons of Camarasaurus, Camptosaurus, Stegosaurus, Allosaurus and the Mymoorapelta.

 

5. Peabody Museum of Natural History - New Haven, CN
Peabody Museum of Natural History is in New Haven, CN at Yale University.    This museum was founded in 1866 with a gift from philanthropist George Peabody, at the urging of his nephew, Yale’s O.C. Marsh, the first professor of paleontology in North America and the Museum’s first director. Marsh built many of the Peabody’s great collections, and today you can see some of his most famous finds and the dinosaurs he named, including Triceratops, Stegosaurus and Brontosaurus. Tthe Yale Peabody Museum is also home to Rudolph F. Zallinger’s murals The Age of Mammals. and he Age of Reptiles.

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Museum of the Rockies - Bozeman, Montana
This modern museum is on the campus of Montana State  in Western Montana. Dr. John R. "Jack" Horner, dinosaur advisor to the Jurassic Park films makes his scientific home at the museum, and its collections benefits from his amazing finds. You may not find many skeletons display, you will see dinosaur recreations and lots of fascinating insights on dinosaur behavior.

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Field Museum of Natural History - Chicago, IL
This historic museum has attracted much attention with its permanent exhibits that include Brachiosaurus and many other skeletons, and a walk-through time machine experience that takes visitors on journey through prehistoric time.

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Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History - Washington, DC
This Smithsonian dinosaur museum is full of real fossils, many historic, and has had a recent facelift as well, with additions that include a preparation station where visitors can see fossil workers working with actual bones.

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Academy of Natural Sciences -Philadelphia, PA
This museum is the nation's oldest science institution and  has one of the newest dinosaur halls. Exhibition include an enormous Giganotosaurus skeleton, the largest predator yet discovered. In addition to the many dinosaur skeletons on display, visitors will venture into animated environments and kids can play in the best dig pit.

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American Museum of Natural History - New York (tie)
One of the premier attractions in New York City is the Museum's series of fossil halls, including its two famed dinosaur halls. The Museum is home to the world's largest collection of vertebrate fossils, totaling nearly one million specimens. More than 600 of these specimens, nearly 85 percent of which are real fossils as opposed to casts, are on view.

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Thanksgiving Point - Lehi, Utah (tie)
Sleep under the belly of a Brachiosaurus or the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex. Tour exhibits, watch a movie, participate in a paleontology class, and enjoy snacks, breakfast, and other activities. Bring the kids and spend a night at the world's largest dinosaur museum.

Honorable Mention

Museum of World Treasures - Wichita, Kansas
The Museum of World Treasures in Wichita, Kansas is the top-rated Kansas attraction by Yahoo!Travel offering visitors a chance to tap into their inner explorer with artifacts from around the world. Its feature exhibit—a battling dinosaur display includes a nearly 70% complete T.rex; one of the few this complete in the world standing approximately 15 ft tall, an Edmontosaurus, a Daspletosaurus, and a Thescelosaur. All are real. The museum offers self-guided scavenger hunts, educational programs for youth, guided tours for groups and camp-ins. The museum is conveniently located in the heart of downtown in a popular historic district full of variety for shopping and dining.
 


Listing of Dinosaur Museums throughout the United States

Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ -
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California
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Los Angeles, CA  -
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UC Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley, CA -
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Colorado
Colorado University Museum of Natural History, Boulder, CO  -
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Denver Museum of Natural History, Denver, CO -
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Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison, CO -
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Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah -
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Dinosaur Valley Museum: Museum of Western Colorado, Grand Junction, Colorado -
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The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Woodland Park, Colorado -
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Connecticut
Dinosaur State Park,  Rocky Hill, CT -
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Peabody Museum New Haven, CT -
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Georgia
Fernbank Museum of Natural History,  Atlanta, GA - 
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Hawaii
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Illinois
Burpee Museum of Natural History,  Rockford IL. -
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The Field Museum, Chicago, IL. -
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Kansas
Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Hays, KS -
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Museum of World Treasures - Wichita, Kansas  - Website

Massachusetts
Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Cambridge, MA -
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Pratt Museum of Natural History, Amherst, MA -
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Michigan
University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology, Ann Arbor, MI -
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Minnesota
The Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN -
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Montana
The Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana -
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Nebraska
University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska -
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New Jersey
Hadrosaurus foulkii Leidy National Historic Site Haddonfield, New Jersey -
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New Mexico
Mesalands Dinosaur Museum, Tucumcari, New Mexico -
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New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque, New Mexico -
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New York
American Museum of Natural History -
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Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo, NY -
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North Carolina
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC - 
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North Dakota
Dakota Dinosaur Museum, Dickinson, North Dakota - 
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Ohio
Cincinnati Museum, Cincinnati, OH -
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Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH. -
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Oklahoma
Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, OK -
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Pennsylvania
Academy of Natural Sciences at Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA -
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Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA. -
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Texas
Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, TX -
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Fort Worth Museum of Science, Fort Worth, TX -
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Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX -
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Texas Memorial Museum, University of Texas, Austin, TX -
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Utah
Mill Canyon/Copper Ridge Dinosaur Tracks,  Moab, UT -
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College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum in Price, UT -
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The Dinosaur Museum, Blanding, Utah -
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Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Jensen, Utah -
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Thanksgiving Point - Lehi, Utah -
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Utah Field House of Natural History State Park, Vernal, UT -
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Utah Museum of Natural History, Salt Lake, City, UT -
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Washington
Burke Museum, Seattle, WA -
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Washington, D.C.
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution's Dinosaurs, Washington, D.C. -
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Wisconsin
Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee, WI -
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Wyoming
The Geological Museum, Laramie, WY -
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Tate Geological Museum, Casper, Wyoming -
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Wyoming Dinosaur Center Thermopolis, Wyoming -
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This listing of the Top Ten Dinosaur Museums is constantly being revised as we experience and learn new things about new museums and as old museums get new exhibits. So, if you feel we are missing one, please email us and let us know!