Dinosaurs and MOR!

Dinosaurs and MOR!

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Dinosaurs and MOR! events April 12 - 14, 2024. 

Immerse yourself in this international gathering of top paleontologists, bringing together hundreds of enthusiasts. Join us for a paleo art contest, members-only evening kick-off, dinner and keynote by Dr. Steve Brusatte, family-friendly programs,  Jr. Paleontologist passport stations, and 18 presentations by renowned scientists from across the globe. Explore the exciting lineup of events during these dino-rrific three days!.

Special thanks to Vanguard Sponsor Oakland Companies - Gary and Melissa Oakland.

PALEOARTAPALOOZA 2024

Submission accepted January 2 – March 1, 2024
     Winners displayed April 12 – 14, 2024
     Free and open to the public to submit
     Limit one art piece per age per category
Click Here to Submit Your Art

Artists of all ages are invited to submit their best dinosaur-themed art for a chance to win special prizes and showcase their talent at Museum of the Rockies during Dinosaurs and MOR! Choose from categories such as ‘Most Scientifically Accurate,’ ‘Most Creative,’ and ‘Best Use of Materials’ in both 2D and 3D formats. You will be asked to select the age group that best describes you or your child: Pre-K - 1st grade, 2nd - 8th grade, 9th – 12th grade, Adult. No AI art.

A photo and description of the art must be uploaded by March 1 using the online submission form. Winners will be asked to mail or drop off their art pieces. Winners in each category will be recognized at the April 12 Member’s Appreciation Evening (travel at own expense) to receive special prizes.

3rd Annual Dinosaurs and MOR! Kicks Off with a Members-only Appreciation Night

Friday, April 12, 2024
5:30 – 8 p.m. | RSVP is not required
Light reception of drinks and snacks

  • Paleo-themed passport activity stations in the exhibit galleries. Some stations will have touchable material, microscope stations, short activities, and stamps for the passport. Participants will include Carter County Museum, Montana Dinosaur Museum, MOR’s Histology Department, MSU’s Dead Lizard’s Society, the Montana Dinosaur Trail, and many more.
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Book signings by Dr. Steve Brusatte, University of Edinburgh, paleontologist and author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs and The Rise and Reign of the Mammals, and Anne Brusatte, educator and author of Dugie the Dinosaur.
  • 6 – 7 p.m. Booth and book signings by author and illustrator Ted Rechlin.
  • Many of the weekend’s world-class paleontology guest speakers will be present to meet.
  • A couple viewings of the new Dinosaurs: A Story of Survival planetarium show will premiere to members.
  • 7 p.m. presentation by Michael Serio and unveiling of the newly 3D printed Troodon skeleton. QandA follows.
  • Many of the weekend’s world-class paleontology guest speakers will be present to meet.

DINNER and KEYNOTE WITH DR. STEPHEN BRUSATTE

Saturday, April 13
6:30 p.m.
$60/member, $75/non-member
Inspiration Hall inside MSU's Norm Asbjornson Hall
CLICK HERE to Purchase Your Tickets

Join us for an exciting evening filled with fun and learning! You are invited to a dinner event featuring a keynote speaker, Dr. Stephen Brusatte, a renowned paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh. He has discovered several new dinosaur species, authored best-selling books such as The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, and has appeared in many documentaries about dinosaurs. A special appeal for MOR concludes the evening. It promises to sell out and be a dino-riffic night, so don’t miss out!

Inspiration Hall is in Norm Asbjornson Hall at the intersection of W. Grant and S. 7th. Avenue. Paid parking is available in the attached parking garage.

All Access Lecture Package

Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Registration Link Coming Soon
Museum Admission included
Hager Auditorium

Click to Purchase the 1-Day Pass for Saturday
Click to Purchase the 1-Day Pass for Sunday

  • Member: $35 Youth, $50/adult
  • Non-Member: $50 Youth, $65/adult
  • MSU Student: $40/student

Click to purchase the 2-Day Pass

  • Member: $60 Youth, $80/adult
  • Non-Member: $80 Youth, $100/adult
  • MSU Student: $70/student

Over two days, 18 renowned paleontologists will present on topics ranging from trilobites to T. rex to fossil whales. Each presentation will be 30 minutes long with a Q and A, making it an informative and engaging experience for all attendees.

The lineup includes:

  • Dr. Thomas Holtz
  • Dr. Stephanie Drumheller
  • Dr. John Foster
  • Dr. Sabre Moore
  • MOR's Lee Hall
  • Dr. Robert Boessenecker
  • Dr. Eugenia Gold
  • Dr. Ray Rogers
  • Sarah Boessenecker
  • Dr. Julie Meachen
  • Dr. Karen Poole
  • MOR's Ashley Hall
  • Dr. Brenda Chinnery
  • Dr. Patrick Druckenmiller
  • Dr. Rhi LaVine
  • Dr. David Evans
  • Dr. Paige Wilson Debel
  • Dr. David DeMar
  • Dr. Caleb Brown

Throughout the weekend, there will be multiple opportunities to get books signed, bid on paleontology theme collectibles, fossil casts, unique pieces of paleoart, and more!

Family Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | All Ages
Included with membership/admission
Registration is not required

Enjoy paleo-passport activity stations throughout the Siebel Dinosaur Complex and view Dinosaurs: A Story of Survival in the Taylor Planetarium. Some passport stations will have touchable material, microscope stations, and short activities.

Participants will include Carter County Museum, Montana Dinosaur Museum, MOR’s Histology Department, MSU’s Dead Lizard’s Society, the Montana Dinosaur Trail, and many more.

Get your passport stamped at all stations and receive a Jr. Paleontologist Certificate signed by MOR's Dr. John Scannella once the passport is complete.

Workshops and Classes

Happy Hatchling Dino Party

Dr. Kalli Decker and Abby Sparks, Early Childhood Instructors
Anne Brusatte, Children’s Book Author
Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14
9 – 10 a.m. | Registration Required
Free/Member Child + 1 member adult,
$10/Non-member Child + 1 adult museum admission

Babies and toddlers (0 - 3 years old) and their grown-ups are invited to join us for a dino-mite party! We will be joined by children’s book author Anne Brusatte, for a reading of her book titled Dugie the Dinosaur: Scotland’s Sauropod. Children will have an opportunity to engage their senses in a variety of dinosaur activities and will have a chance to create some take-home art. The cost of materials is included in the workshop fee. Limited to 25 children.

Prehistoric Preschooler Playdate

Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Registration Required
Free/Member Child + 1 member adult,
$10/Non-member Child + 1 adult museum admission

Bring your preschool-aged child (3 - 5 years old) to join us for a morning of prehistoric dinosaur fun! We will be joined by children’s book author Anne Brusatte for a reading of her book titled Dugie the Dinosaur: Scotland’s Sauropod. Your preschooler will also have opportunities to dig for dinosaur fossils like a paleontologist, play dinosaur games, and create some take-home art. The cost of materials is included in the workshop fee. Limited to 25 children.

Drawing Megalodon with Ted Rechlin

Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14
1 – 2 p.m. | Registration Required
$25/member, $35/non-member + museum admissio
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Learn how to draw the mighty Otodus megalodon with expert paleoartist Ted Rechlin and unleash your inner artist! Ted is the author and illustrator of award-winning graphic novel-style books such as Sharks: A 400 Million-Year Journey. All supplies provided. Limited to 25 people.

Dinosaur Puppet Workshop

Keegan Kuhn, TRX Dinosaurs
Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.Registration Required
$50/member, $65/non-member + museum admission

Make your own scientifically accurate Triceratops head puppet out of specialized materials with TRX Dinosaurs owner Keegan Kuhn. Learn about his process of making a scientifically accurate puppet Triceratops and make your own to take home with you. The cost of materials is included in the workshop fee. Limited to 25 people.