In the raw, unbridled expanse of Montana, where the land still echoes tales of brutes, beasts, and daredevils, the Museum of the Rockies stands defiantly, like a psychedelic trip through the state’s wild heart. It’s not just some stoic vault of ancient relics – it’s a visceral punch of Montana’s rebellious spirit. Dive in, and you’ll come face-to-face with the ghosts of gigantic dinos, embodying the very wildness of Montana’s sprawling terrains they once stomped upon. Amidst the shadows, hear the whispers of Native Americans and wild-eyed pioneers, those early road-trippers of the uncharted. Every corner of this madhouse pulses with the relentless energy of the Big Sky Country. To set foot inside is to ride shotgun on a high-octane journey through Montana’s veins, where history, nature, and sheer madness collide head-on. Strap in! It’s pure, unadulterated Montana, distilled and on display.
NUTSHELL: If you ever find yourself cruising through the wild expanses of Montana, with the wind in your hair and the scent of freedom in the air, there’s one stop that’ll twist your mind into a frenzy of fascination: the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman. This isn’t your typical stuffy museum with glass cases and yawning tourists. No, this place is a trip through time! Get ready to lock eyes with a damn T-Rex that’ll make your heart race faster than a bat out of hell. Dive deep into the lore of the Northern Rockies, dance with the spirits of the Native Americans, and shoot through the cosmos without any illegal substances. Whether you’re chasing the American Dream, on the hunt for knowledge, or just trying to escape the modern world’s madness, the Museum of the Rockies is your ticket. Strap in and let’s ride!
THE NUT: According to their mission statement, “Museum of the Rockies invites all people to discover natural science and cultural history. The museum’s exhibits, collections, programs, and research create a community resource that brings the world to Montana and shares the Northern Rockies with the world.” Awesome.
NOW SHOWING: Buckle up, you wild dreamers and art rebels, because “Da Vinci The Exhibition” is one hell of a trip! Dive into the frenzied brain of Leonardo da Vinci, a man who wasn’t content just shaping the art world – he was hell-bent on bending the universe. Navigate through 60 audacious, life-sized contraptions, from madcap flying machines to proto-tanks and underwater escapades. The guy scribbled out genius in a freaky mirrored style, and brave souls translated and crafted it into tangible insanity. And his paintings? Masterpieces like “The Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper” stand next to controversial wonders still driving art heads mad. The rabbit hole goes deeper with da Vinci’s raw, edgy delves into human anatomy. Gargantuan renditions of concepts like the “Vitruvian Man” punctuate this whirlwind. The whole shebang’s juiced up with multimedia trips and documentaries. Prepare for a full-throttle Renaissance rave!
COMING SOON: HAUNTED MOUNTAIN THEATER. From the MOR website: “Experience Northern Rocky Mountains’ spooky history and folklore brought to life through a production that blends live theater with the Taylor Planetarium’s state-of-the-art capabilities.
This year’s production will feature a horrific train crash, gruesome ghosts, and a chilling lake monster, all told by a mysterious cowboy with his own tale to tell. Real history, real scares, and gripping visuals displayed on the 360° Taylor Planetarium dome are bound to captivate and scare. Based on authentic research, the stories prove one thing, sometimes life is scarier than fiction.
Following the planetarium show, explore the historic Tinsley House by lantern light if you dare! Experience chilling campfire tales, encounter spirits, and enjoy a seasonal treat. Tickets will sell out, so don’t delay!” In case you haven’t guessed, it’s in October when all-things-spooky tends to happen.
GEOGRAPHY: The Museum of the Rockies isn’t just some dusty relic house; it’s a pulsating mecca of ancient mysteries and roaring giants. Dive deep into the heart of the paleontology department, where these mavericks are obsessed with unlocking Montana’s gnarly prehistoric tales. And let me tell you, they’ve got trophies – a monstrous collection of North American dinos that’ll blow your mind! There’s the behemoth T.rex, standing tall and defiant, and a lineup of Triceratops – from the punks to the elders.
Venture into the Siebel Dinosaur Complex, and you’ll be thrown into a realm where Big Al, a nearly-intact Allosaurus from the Jurassic, holds court. And just when you think the dinosaur trip’s climaxing, the Cenozoic Corridor hits you with mammoths and beastly rhinos. Peek into the Bowman Lab, and witness the unsung heroes chipping away at stone, unearthing stories millions of years old.
Every year, the MOR’s crazed paleo crew makes a mad dash into Montana’s rocky embrace, hungering for more secrets of our ancient world. The exhibits? Man, they’re a deluge of raw, unfiltered research, shaking up your beliefs about these Mesozoic monsters. Thanks to a cool $2 million donation from the Siebels in 2003, the Complex stands as a testament to the epic “Dinosaurs Under the Big Sky,” penned by the legendary Jack Horner. And keep your ears to the ground; the Cretaceous Crossroads is about to burst onto the scene, promising more adrenaline-filled dino tales. Dive in, wild ones!
DATE NIGHT: YES! Pour & Roar: Raptors & Romance.
INSIDER TIPS: Coming soon hopefully!
Museum of the Rockies
600 W. Kagy Blvd.
Bozeman, MT 59717
Child (Birth – 4) Free
Youth (Age 5 – 17) $12
Montana State University Student, Staff, Faculty, and Blue and Gold Forever Members (with valid ID) $13.50
Senior (Age 65+) $17
Adult (Age 18 – 64) $20
IMAGE CREDIT: Burley Packwood.