morrison natural history museum

If you’re ever near Denver and you like dinosaurs, I can’t recommend the Morrison Natural History Museum enough.  It’s small, but the staff are incredibly passionate and knowledgeable.  I got an essentially-private tour from a woman who was a working paleontologist and wanted to nerd out really hard over micro-fossils and mineralization processes and it was wonderful.  This is the connoisseur’s dinosaur museum.  Go there.


A monograph of lichens found in Britain being a descriptive catalogue of the species in the herbarium of the British Museum.

By British Museum (Natural History). Department of Botany.
Crombie, James Morrison, 1833-1906 ;Smith, Annie Lorrain, 1854-1937
Publication info London,Printed by Order of the Trustees,1894-1911.
Contributor:Cornell University Library


A large, herbivorous quadruped, Camarasaurus was among the most common of the giant sauropod dinosaurs found in the Jurassic Period in North America. With a name that means “chambered lizard,” this dinosaur was named for its partly hollow vertebrae, and reached up to a massive 60 feet in length.

Camarasaurus lived during the Late Jurassic, some 145 to 150 million years ago, and featured a long, thick neck which made its head appear small in comparison. It had sturdy, spoon-shaped teeth, indicating its diet probably differed from other large herbivores that lived in the same ancient environment, with Camarasaurus most likely feeding on coarser plant materials.

Real fossils of both an adult and a juvenile Camarasaurus discovered at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah are on view in the Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The juvenile is represented by a nearly complete skeleton that includes a full skull and even ear bones. The skeleton is displayed with its right side still mostly enveloped in sandstone belonging to a rock unit called the Morrison Formation.

Photo Credit: Joshua Franzos for Carnegie Museum of Natural History


I spent my last day of spring break exploring the Golden area (again) with my sister and dad. We went to the Morrison Natural History Museum, and I would definitely recommend a visit! The last picture is Kevin, Marsh’s Apatosaurus, whose body (the rest of it) is at the Peabody Museum at Yale. Also, I got to help prep Kevin (all visitors do!)

Is there a “dino-maniac” in your life that has a birthday coming up? Our two-hour long birthday program consists of an hour-long Museum tour with hands-on demonstrations with short discussions about local fossils, rocks, and reptiles. Participants touch real and cast fossils, pet a snake, chip stone from dinosaur bone, paint a small cast of a dinosaur track, and more.