Dinosaurs Around Town – Find Dinosaurs in the Twin Cities

Toy Dinosaur Diorama - Dinosaurs Around Town - Find Dinosaurs in the Twin Cities

Do Dinosaurs live in your house? Is your floor littered with dinosaur toys? Do you find dinosaurs in your children’s beds? If so, you may want to consider taking your children for a dinosaur hunt around the Twin Cities! We have two places that can always be counted on to entertain your young paleontologists and traveling shows nearly every year.

Traveling Dinosaurs Exhibits in the Twin Cities

Ultimate Dinosaurs!

October 21, 2021-April 10, 2022
Science Museum of Minnesota 120 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102

Showcases dinosaurs from the Southern Hemisphere, featuring the most recent research. Learn more about Giganotosaurus, Amargasaurus, Suchomimus, Raptosaurus and more. Learn more here.

Budget Ideas:

  1. A family membership is $139.00/year and includes FREE entry plus Omnitheater admission all year long. That is less than $12/month to have a family night out at the movies any time and dinosaur access whenever you want!
  2. If your family is currently on EBT, MA, WIC or Free/Reduced Lunches, you qualify for a Limited Income Membership, which is only $49.50/year. That is less than $5/month for the whole family and qualifies for all the same benefits at the regular family membership.

Jurassic Quest

February 4-26, 2022
Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Walk among life-size dinosaur exhibits during this interactive event. Timed Tickets are required. Starting at $19.00.

Permanent Dinosaurs Exhibits in the Twin Cities

dinosaur skeleton

Science Museum of Minnesota

120 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102
The obvious place to visit to learn about dinosaurs is the Science Museum of Minnesota. Where else can you find full-size dinosaur skeletons, dinosaur books, dinosaur toys? I’ve spent entire visits in this section of the museum alone. While many museum dinosaurs are reproductions, the Science Museum’s Triceratops is one of only four real skeletons, as well as the largest specimen, on display in the world.

Current Dinosaur Exhibits at the Science Museum

  • Ultimate Dinosaurs – October 21, 2021 – April 10, 2022
  • Days of the Dinosaurs Live Experiences – includes permanent exhibits, new digital exhibits and in-museum experiences. Learn more here.
  • Dinosaurs and Fossils Gallery – Permanent exhibit near the cafeteria.
  • Dinosaurs of Antarctica – Showing at the OmniTheatre: October 21, 2021 – June 30, 2022

Budget Idea: If you have a pint-sized dinosaur lover and you don’t want to pay SMM admission for what could be a very short visit, you can still visit the T-Rex in the lobby and touch its tooth for FREE. Then walk over to George Latimer Library to read about dinosaurs together in the cozy children’s section.

The Bell Museum of Natural History

2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113
While the Bell doesn’t have any actual dinosaurs, they do have an Ice Age Exhibit in their Tree of Life Gallery. Mammoths are pretty cool, too. I list this museum because, in the Bell’s updated Touch and See lab, kids can pretend to be real paleontologists with identification guides, magnifying glasses, and other scientific tools.

Cool Fact: Did you know that many of the Dinosaur reproductions seen in museums all around the country are made right here in the Twin Cities by, Blue Rhino Studios in Eagan? See their work at the Bell Museum’s Ice Age exhibit.

Budget Ideas:

  1. A family membership is $95.00/year and includes FREE entry plus 1/2-price planetarium admission all year long. That is less than $8/month!
  2. If your family is currently on EBT, MA, WIC or Free/Reduced Lunches, you qualify for a Curiosity Membership, which is only $15/year. That is an amazing deal that you can’t beat.
Be a Paleontologist at the Bell!
Be a Paleontologist at the Bell!

Sinclair Gas Station in Champlin

120 Curtis Rd, Champlin, MN 55316
If you happen to be driving through Champlin, stop at the Sinclair Gas Station to visit their dinosaur mascot. See photos here.

Dinosaurs on the Playground

Goat Hill Park, Eagan

4391 Lexington Ave S, Eagan, MN 55123
For the younger dinosaur lovers, this park features a big blue dinosaur slide.

Elm Creek Park, Maple Grove

12400 James Deane Pkwy, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Elm Creek Park Reserve’s giant playground has a dinosaur skeleton kids can climb on and play around.

DINOSAUR FOSSIL HUNTING

Treasure Hunts for Fossils
Yes, we drove three hours both ways to find these, but it was the highlight of our summer!

Hill-Annex Mine State Park, 880 Gary St, Calumet, MN 55716

Did you know that there have been only three dinosaur bones found in Minnesota – ever? One of them was found in a Hill Annex mine, which hosts fossil hunt tours during the summer months. Here is Joy’s story of the Peters family dinosaur-inspired fossil hunt: Fossil Hunting at Hill Annex State Park.

For some fun home study to go with your hunt, you can learn more about what prehistoric creatures lived in Minnesota here.

 

READ ABOUT DINOSAURS

Catherine Thimmesh is a local Children’s Book Author who specializes in non-fiction. Her writing is interesting and accessible to both children and adults. One of her most recent books is, Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled: How do we know what dinosaurs really looked like? You and your kids can learn how these paleoartists try to accurately represent dinosaurs.

Gifts for Your Young Paleontologist

DINOSAURS AROUND THE COUNTRY

Some friends of ours have gathered similar lists for their own backyards. When traveling, check out these great dinosaur venues.

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