Dinosaur Discovery Museum

Stan, 40-foot T. Rex at Dinosaur Discovery Museum
family visiting Dinosaur Discovery Museum
gallery at Dinosaur Discovery Museum
gallery at Dinosaur Discovery Museum

The Dinosaur Discovery Museum opened in 2006 in a renovated 1908 Beaux Arts historic landmark. Visit the only Museum to focus exclusively on the link between modern birds and meat-eating dinosaurs. See the largest collection of meat-eating theropods! Learn what these dinosaurs looked like, what they ate and how they behaved. See life-scale replicas of Tyrannosaurus rex, Gallimimus, Ceratosaurus, and much more.

Check out the Carthage Institute of Paleontology’s paleontology lab and the gift shop. Free programs for adults and families offered. Adult and school group tours welcomed.

Ask about our Junior Paleontologist Club.

In the lower level:

The Museum offers the opportunity for hands-on learning and fun at the Dino Digs every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm. Come and get your hands dirty! Dino Digs are designed for children ages four and up. Donning safety goggles and using paleontologist tools, children become amateur paleontologists and dig for dinosaurs at our simulated excavation sites. Experience first-hand the excitement of excavating a dinosaur fossil. There is no charge to participate.

The Kids Discovery Lab is stocked with coloring sheets and dinosaur rubbings for children and educational dinosaur books for all ages. Parents are invited to join their children in learning the fascinating history of dinosaurs.

More about the Carthage Institute of Paleontology: Vertebrate Paleontologist Dr. Thomas Carr is a Carthage College (located in Kenosha) faculty member and senior scientific adviser to the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, which houses the Carthage Institute of Paleontology (CIP) laboratory. Since 2006, Dr. Carr has led study tours to the Hell Creek Formation in southeastern Montana, which contains fossils of the last dinosaurs to live in the American West. The DDM is a federally designated repository for the fossils that the CIP collects from federal lands; DDM staff assists the CIP in collecting fossils and transporting them from Montana to Kenosha.

Note: The Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Kenosha Public Museum, and Civil War Museum make up the Kenosha Public Museums.


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Tu-Su 12-5pm. Closed Mondays and holidays.


Kenosha Public Museums

The Kenosha Public Museums campus is comprised of 3 museums that are open to the public. The Dinosaur Discovery Museum, the Kenosha Public Museum and the Civil War Museum.

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