Where to See Dinosaurs

Dinosaur Museum Displays

Here are some of the very best places to see dinosaur displays in North America.

American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York


One of the world's great museums. The entire fourth floor (about a city block in size!) is devoted to ancient life and the displays include two entire halls of dinosaur skeletons. A must-see for any dinosaur enthusiast.

National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution), Washington, D. C.


An excellent and highly impressive display of dinosaur skeletons and the skeletons of other extinct creatures. For once, your tax payer dollars have been very wisely spent! Don't miss it.

Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois


Yet another of the world's great museums. Many dinosaur skeletons to view as well as some very famous murals painted by Charles R. Knight. A highlight is the skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus named "Sue" on display in the center hall. The skeletons of many other extinct creatures are also on view. Another must-see.

Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta (Canada)


A museum located in Alberta's Dinosaur Country, where many dinosaurs from the Cretaceous Period were discovered. The museum houses one of the world's largest collections of dinosaur skeletons, beautifully displayed. Other extinct creatures are also on view.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Not to be missed when in the Pittsburg area. Boasts the original skeleton of T.rex and the most complete skeleton of Brontosaurus (= Apatosaurus) known. The exhibits have been recently renovated.

Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut


A relatively small museum, but with several large dinosaur skeletons as well as other displays. Well worth the visit if you are in the New Haven area. Parking may be a challenge. A highlight is the famous mural of dinosaurs painted by Rudolph Zallinger.

Pratt Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts


A small museum, but with some outstanding specimens and a truly excellent display of dinosaur footprints from the Connecticut Valley. Well worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood.

Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill, Connecticut


Dinosaur footprints in their hundreds as they were found in place. The rock outcrop containing the prints is protected under a large geodesic dome! Visitors can make their own plaster copies of some of the dinosaur footprints to take home!! Copies can be made from May through October only. Must bring your own plaster and materials.

Dinosaur National Monument, near Vernal, Utah


Jurassic Dinosaur skeletons from the Morrison Formation in situ in the rock. The outcrop containing the bones (which was once an ancient stream bed) is almost vertically slanted, giving an outstanding view from the visitor's gallery. Many skeletons, including large brontosaurs. Park Rangers answer questions and give occasional talks.