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The Great Plains Dinosaur Museum (GPDM) is located in the rich land mass of Northern Montana where some the world’s most preeminent dinosaur fossils have been discovered.  A site and member of the Montana Dinosaur Trail, GPDM maintains permanent exhibits of dinosaurs and other prehistoric fossils to advance the visitors experience, allowing them to appreciate, enjoy and fully understand the rich prehistory  of this region.  The Museum also provides the rare opportunity for both youth and adults to explore, dig and excavate fossils with their staff and paleontologist partners in scheduled educational and dig programs.

The Great Plains Dinosaur Museum (GPDM) is governed and operated by volunteer board members of the Judith River Foundation, Inc.   The Foundation is an IRS exempt 510c3 non-profit corporation established in 2002.  The GPDM is not a municipal entity, is not affiliated with any higher education institutions, receives no general tax support, and is entirely self-funded through membership fees, admissions, dig and tour revenue and fundraising.

GPDM is guided by a mission to curate and prepare paleontological resources for use in educational programs, scientific research and interpretive displays in support of the advancement of knowledge and the benefit of all people.

405 North 1st St East | Malta, Montana (406) 654-5300 [email protected]


Harris Boekenheide

Director of Paleontology

Harris grew up in northern Virginia, just a few miles south of Washington, DC. In his youth, he made frequent trips to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, awed by the dinosaurs on display. Despite exploring other interests during his teenage years, he rediscovered his love of paleontology while enrolled at the George Washington University. He then went on to continue his studies under the guidance of Dr. David Varricchio at Montana State University, eventually earning his Master’s Degree in 2023 with a thesis on troodontid hindlimb ontogeny. He is excited to join the team at the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and hopes to further improve the museum for visitors and researchers alike.

  • Master of Science, Montana State University
  • Bachelor of Science, George Washington University
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (406) 654-5300

Dixie Stordahl

General Administrator & Merchandising

Dixie is a lifelong Phillips County resident and educator. As a science teacher, Dixie is passionate about dinosaurs and commits many of her off school hours to the museum. Dixie is an expert in all aspects of the museum and programs along with being an excellent guide.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (406) 654-5300

DollyAnn Willcutt

K-12 Programming & Guest Relations

DollyAnn is an experienced administrator of nonprofit organizations. She serves the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum as general administrator and our K-12 education programmer. She brings professional expertise along with a great sense of humor.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (406) 654-5300

Volunteer Judith River Foundation Board of Directors

Mardy Demarais

Jessie Domire, FNP

Dixie Stordahl

Randy Shores

David Rummell

Anne Boothe

Jay Brookie

Damien Austin

Lu Besel

Dollyann Willcutt

Emeritus Board of Directors

Sue Frary, JoAnn Hammond, Jeanne Icenogle, Sharon Icenogle, Michael Morser, Carolyn Schmoeckel

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