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Museum of the Rockies opens Tyrant Kings
Published: 2015/04/10
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Museum of the Rockies: Launching a lifelong love of learning in Montana.
Published: 2015/06/12
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Published: 2017/06/12
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Published: 2013/11/14
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A Day At The Museum Of The Rockies
A Day At The Museum Of The Rockies
Published: 2010/08/13
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Published: 2007/09/03
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Hidden treasures revealed at Museum of the Rockies
Published: 2017/12/15
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Published: 2017/04/05
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"Big Mike" The T Rex at The Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman MT.
"Big Mike" The T Rex at The Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman MT.
Published: 2015/07/27
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Hidden treasures revealed in Museum of the Rockies expansion
Hidden treasures revealed in Museum of the Rockies expansion
Published: 2017/12/18
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Published: 2013/08/21
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Published: 2011/12/21
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Published: 2012/07/26
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Published: 2008/10/07
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Crocs: Ancient Predators In A Modern World - Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman Montana
Crocs: Ancient Predators In A Modern World - Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman Montana
Published: 2017/03/28
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Museum of the Rockies to unveil new T-Rex exhibit this weekend
Published: 2015/04/07
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Thescelosaurus neglectus Fossil, Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana, USA
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Published: 2011/12/21
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Published: 2017/04/13
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Published: 2017/07/28
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Published: 2016/08/15
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Published: 2017/09/08
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Published: 2009/10/26
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Dino tour at The Museum of the Rockies
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Published: 2009/02/17
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Published: 2017/04/20
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Published: 2014/08/24
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Published: 2012/04/09
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Museum of the Rockies
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Museum of the Rockies front entrance.
Established 1957
Location 600 W. Kagy Boulevard, Bozeman, Montana, United States
Coordinates 45°39′32″N 111°02′44″W / 45.65881°N 111.0456°W / 45.65881; -111.0456Coordinates: 45°39′32″N 111°02′44″W / 45.65881°N 111.0456°W / 45.65881; -111.0456
Type Natural History Museum
Director Sheldon McKamey
Curator Dr. John Scannella, John R. Horner Curator of Paleontology; Michael Fox, Curator of History; Steve Jackson, Curator of Art & Photography
Website Museum of the Rockies

Museum of the Rockies is a museum in Bozeman, Montana. Originally affiliated with Montana State University in Bozeman, and now, also, the Smithsonian Institution, the museum is known for its paleontological collections, although these are not its sole focus. The Museum of the Rockies houses the largest collection of dinosaur remains in the United States, possessing the largest Tyrannosaurus skull ever discovered, as well as the thigh bone of a Tyrannosaurus rex that contains soft-tissue remains.[1] The museum is part of the Montana Dinosaur Trail and is Montana's official repository for paleontological specimens.

The museum's collections focus on the physical and cultural history of the Rocky Mountains and the people and animals who have lived there, and date back more than 500 million years. Permanent exhibits include: "Enduring Peoples", which chronicles the life of Native Americans on the Northern Plains and near the Rocky Mountains; "History of the Northern Rocky Mountain Region", whose inhabitants included Native Americans, fur traders, gold seekers, and white settlers from frontier days through World War II; the Living History Farm, which includes the Tinsley House, where costumed interpreters demonstrate life in a turn-of-the-century home; and the Taylor Planetarium, a 40 ft (12 m), 104-seat domed theater.

Overview[edit]

Cowboys and Indians exhibit

Museum of the Rockies preserves and tells the stories of Montana and the Northern Rockies; educating visitors about the region's rich history, which includes its paleontological roots.[2] The museum was founded in 1957, funded in part by a gift from Caroline M. McGill. The museum's collections have grown to include 300,000 objects that cover more than 500,000,000 years of history. In 1980, the museum acquired over 10,000 photographs and negatives from the heirs of Albert, Alfred and Chris Schlechten (now known as the Schlechten collection). These photographs chronicle the Bozeman and Yellowstone National Park areas over two generations (from about 1905 until the late 1970s).[3]

The museum offers symposiums allowing Native Americans whose tribes called the region home, to share their oral histories with visitors.[4] In 2005, the Museum became an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, which provided the museum greater access to the collections and programs of that institute.[5]

Traveling exhibits that visit the museum have covered topics as diverse as African American art,[6] television and film costumes,[7] the impact of weapons on the cultures of the Rocky Mountains,[8] King Tut.[9] View current and past changing exhibits on the Museums' website.

At the Museum[edit]

Tinsley House[edit]

The Tinsley House

The Tinsley House (45°39′29″N 111°02′41″W / 45.65798°N 111.0447°W / 45.65798; -111.0447) is preserved by the Museum of the Rockies as a living history museum. The 100+ year-old house was originally located in Willow Creek and it was moved to its present site (on more than 10 acres (40,000 m2)) in front of the museum in 1989. At the museum, visitors can learn about the life of the Tinsleys and others who lived at the time. Children can try on clothes and play with contemporary toys of the time. The house includes a functioning outhouse, water pump[10] and kitchen where food typical of the time is sometimes prepared.[11]

The Tinsleys migrated west during the American Civil War. William and Lucy [Nave] Tinsley met in Virginia City, Montana, where both worked. They relocated to the Gallatin Valley after they married. The Tinsleys built their house in 1889 when the original cabin became too small to accommodate their growing family. The house provides an overview of homestead life in the 1800s in the Gallatin Valley. The house was constructed of logs accumulated over the course of two years from the Tobacco Root Mountains. Many of the interior items are believed to have been ordered from the Sears catalog.[10] Most items in the house have been donated by Tinsley descendants.

Paleontology[edit]

Visitors have a window into the process by which fossil pieces are assembled together.

While not its sole focus, the museum is primarily known for its paleontological collections. This was not always the case, however. Specimens found in Montana had usually been taken out of state to other museums. This changed in 1990 with the discovery of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton that would remain in Montana and be exhibited at the museum.[12]

While fossils continue to be the property of the federal government, the museum has been able to increase its collection (due in part to Curator Jack Horner's agreement and work with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Federal Bureau of Land Management).[13] The museum is now home to 13 Tyrannosaurus rex specimens, including one of only two complete that have ever been found.[14]

Triceratops on display: "Yoshi's Trike" (MOR 3027) and a baby.

Apart from housing one of the largest collections of dinosaur fossils in the world and the largest in the United States,[15] the museum is also home to one of the world's largest Tyrannosaurus skull (MOR 008) – narrowly surpassing that of the Chicago Field Museum's center-piece, main rotunda display, Sue.[16] The museum's Siebel Dinosaur Complex, designed by curator Horner, is home to one of the first identified female dinosaurs, an ovulating T. rex.[1] Curator Horner, who served as an adviser to the Jurassic Park films,[15][17] was one of the lead scientists involved in the 2005 discovery of soft tissue remains in the thigh bone of a Tyrannosaurus,[18] which were later brought to the museum. The museum has also been involved in a number of other finds, including a baby Triceratops in Jordan, Montana, in 2006,[19] and "Yoshi's Trike" (MOR 3027), a large Triceratops specimen with 125 cm long horns, discovered in 2010.[20]

In June 2008, the museum formed part of a consortium that obtained a mobile paleontology lab that would assist researchers, allowing them to chemically analyze fossils while still in the field in order to help prevent degradation.[21]

T. rex specimen MOR 008.

With the completion of MOR's new Curatorial Center for the Humanities in 2017 and the removal of humanities items to this new storage facility, the MOR paleontology department will gain about 11,000 square feet (1,000 m2) of space in the museum's basement to expand the collection of fossils. The department will also add three research staff, who will be housed in the basement, bringing the total number of researchers to eight by some time in late 2018.[22]

Curatorial Center for the Humanities[edit]

On April 28, 2016, the museum broke ground on a new $4 million, 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) Curatorial Center for the Humanities (CCH).[23][24] The new building will provide storage and curatorial space for the museum's humanities collection, which includes art, archaeological, historic, Native American, and photographic items. [23] About 13,000 square feet (1,200 m2) of the building will be devoted to storage space, with the remaining 7,000 square feet (650 m2) containing office and work space.[23] Private donations paid for the entire cost of the structure, which meant that no state funds were used.[24][22] Slate Architecture of Helena designed the structure. Bill Walker was the lead architect. Civil and structural engineering, as well as planning for the electrical system, mechanical system, and plumbing were provided by Morrison Maierle, Inc., of Bozeman. The general contractor was Jackson Contractor Group of Bozeman.[25]

Curators at MOR began cataloging all the humanities items in storage in 2015.[22]

Construction on the building is expected to be complete June 2017. Humanities items currently on display and in storage will then be taken to the CCH for conservation and restoration. Moving the items is expected to take another year.[22]

MOR officials said that the history hall exhibits will be completely revamped after the move to the CCH is completed.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Take the State's Dinosaur Trail". Great Falls Tribune. 2008-06-02. Retrieved 2008-06-12. [dead link]
  2. ^ William F. Allman (1993-06-17). "The Real Jurassic Park Lies in Montana". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  3. ^ "Photo Archives". Museum of the Rockies. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  4. ^ "Montana Tribes to Share Living Histories at Montana State University". 2008-03-21. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  5. ^ "Museum of the Rockies to Become Smithsonian Affiliate". Helena Independent Record. 2005-08-06. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  6. ^ "Paul R. Jones Exhibit at Montana State". 2006-02-28. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  7. ^ "Costume Display at Bozeman Museum". Montana's News Station. 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  8. ^ Ron Franscell (2001-06-03). "Tools of War Create Lessons of Survival". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  9. ^ Rob Chaney. "Tut Exhibit Injects New Life". The Missoulian. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  10. ^ a b Chaundera Wolfe. "The Tinsley House". Outside Bozeman. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  11. ^ "Living History". The Deseret News. 2002-09-22. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  12. ^ "Montana's Bone Bonanza; Tyrannosaurus Rex Skeleton to Remain in the State". The Washington Post. 1990-08-28. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  13. ^ "Theories Evolve in T. Rex Discoveries". The New York Times. 2000-12-26. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  14. ^ Peggy Mihelich (2007-03-08). "Jack Horner Knows his Dinosaurs". CNN. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  15. ^ a b Claire Walter (2008-05-20). "'Dinosaur Highway' Rich in Dig Sites, Museums". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  16. ^ Andrew Herrmann (2006-04-12). "Head to Head, new T. Rex Beats Field's Museum's Sue". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  17. ^ Susan Gallagher (1993-11-21). "Maverick Dinosaur Expert Gets in His Digs in Montana Fossils". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  18. ^ Guy Gugliotta (2005-03-25). "A Major T. Rex Breakthrough". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  19. ^ "Baby Triceratops Found by Museum of the Rockies Researchers". 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  20. ^ ""Yoshi's Trike" on display at Museum of the Rockies - The MSU Exponent". 4 October 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  21. ^ "New Mobile Paleontology Lab Begins Work". UPI. 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  22. ^ a b c d e Elwell, Matt (March 6, 2017). "Museum of the Rockies looks to future with new building". KBZK.com. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  23. ^ a b c "Museum of the Rockies groundbreaking ceremony". KTVQ.com. April 28, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  24. ^ a b "Museum of the Rockies Plans New Curatorial Center for the Humanities". Mountains & Minds. Fall 2016. p. 6. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  25. ^ Drummond, Victoria (January 22, 2016). January 26, 2016, meeting of the University Facilities Planning Board (PDF) (Report). Bozeman, Mont.: Office of the University Planner. pp. 4–6. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Duck-billed dinosaurs and Triceratops skulls.

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