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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]
Kids Dino Dig in Montana

What?   Hands-On Junior Paleontology Experience for kids ages 5-11.

When?   Available May – September, M-F, by appointment only.

Cost?  $100 per child for a 2-3 hour program. No additional cost for parents or guardians.


Includes an extensive tour of the museum, guided by our Director of Paleontology. This tour includes collections and our prep lab, which are normally inaccessible to visitors.


Kids will learn about what goes on behind the scenes at museum, as well as what it’s like to be a paleontologist!


Learn to identify fossils! Groups of 1-2 kids can sort through screen-washed sediment. Groups of 3 or more kids can take a trip out into the field and look for fossils just like a paleontologist!

The world of dinosaurs and prehistoric life can spark an interest in young and old alike but it is particularly strong among children. For some children, this interest slowly wanes over time but for others it only grows and broadens to include the many forms and stories of life on our earth. These are the children who are always bringing home rocks and bones and sea shells. They can tell you the name of the earth’s biggest snake and the deadliest spider and how long you’d live if you were bitten by either! For these children, the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum offers a unique “Junior Paleontology Program.”

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