If you live in or are planning a visit to the Eastern United States, then make sure to check out one of these fun, educational dinosaur museums and science centers.
Anniston Museum of Natural History
The Anniston Museum of Natural History, located in Anniston, Alabama, has an exhibit called Dynamic Earth where you can explore the world of dinosaurs, fossils, and minerals. They also feature a life-size model of a Stegosaurus and life-size Pteranodon and Albertosaurus models.
For more information see http://www.annistonmuseum.org/.
Dinosaur World features more than 150 life size dinosaurs models. Dinosaur World has several locations, including Plant City, Florida, Cave City, Kentucky, and Glen Rose, Texas.
The location in Plant City, Florida is more than 12 acres of dinosaur fun, including a dig site for kids, several dinosaur-themed play grounds, and an exploration cave. They even have a picnic area so you can spend the entire day.
The Dinosaur World in Kentucky has a Mammoth Cave and a movie cave, in addition to a fossil yard and dig cave.
Dinosaur World is a very family friendly, fun place to spend the day with your family. You can even host your child’s birthday party there.
For more information see http://www.dinosaurworld.com/.
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History is located in New Haven, Connecticut.
This museum is known for the Great Hall, which has on display nine different dinosaur skeletons, which includes a 65-foot Apatosaurus.
For more information see http://peabody.yale.edu/.
Museum of Science
The Museum of Science, located in Boston, Massachusetts, features a life-size Triceratops fossil that was discovered in the Dakota Badlands in 2004.
They also feature a full-size Tyrannosaurus Rex model. Children can have fun exploring “bone dictionaries” and playing with scale models of the Coelophysis.
For more information see http://www.mos.org/.
American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is located at Central Park, in New York, New York.
One of their permanent exhibits is located in the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs. Here you will find one of the largest dinosaur fossil collections in the world, with almost 100 dinosaur fossils to explore.
Check out their dinosaur mummy, a fossilized imprint of a duck-billed dinosaur, or the life-size Stegosaurus or Triceratops fossils.
One fun feature of this museum is that they host a Night at the Museum Sleepover for kids, where children can explore the fossil museum at night by flashlight.
For more information see http://www.amnh.org/.
Academy of Natural Sciences
The Academy of Natural Sciences is located at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Academy has a life size Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil, in addition to more than 10 other dinosaur skeletons. More than 30 species of dinosaurs are represented.
Children can look at dinosaur eggs, dinosaur footprints, and paleontologist tools.
For more information see http://www.ansp.org/.
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Their dinosaur exhibit, named “Dinosaurs in Their Time”, features a fossil dig and 20 interactive touchscreens. They have 19 different dinosaur fossils on display, making it one of the largest collections of mounted dinosaur fossils in the country. Among the fossils you will find Diplodocus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Protoceratops, Stegosaurus, Allosaurus, and many more.
For more information see http://www.carnegiemnh.org/.
Kelley Palmer is a professional blogger that shares information and news on after school programs and child care. She writes for The Learning Experience, a leading child development center with locations nationwide.