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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Museum open year-round?
Museum of the Rockies is open year-round except for the holiday's listed on our Hours page.

What is the cost of admission?
Adults $14.50, Senior Citizens $13.50, Kids (5-17 years) $9.50, and Children 4 and under are free, MSU Students (with valid MSU ID) $10. View our Tickets and Pricing page.

Do you offer RV or Bus parking?
RV and Bus parking is free and available on the east side of our parking lot or on the overflow parking grassy area to the north of our parking lot if the east side is full. The overflow grassy parking area is not accessible when there is snow on the ground. Overnight parking at the museum is prohibited.

Do you offer loaner wheelchairs?
We have two manual wheelchairs available for use on a first come, first serve basis.

Is food available at Museum of the Rockies?
Yes! The Museum of the Rockies Store sells healthy snacks such as juice, yogurt, nuts, and string cheese.  Snack and beverage vending machines are located on the lower floor. There is a small eating area in the lower lobby.

Do you allow pets?
Trained service animals are welcome at the museum while wearing the appropriate service animal vest or identifier. Pets are not allowed.

Photography
The museum permits still and video photography for noncommercial use only in its exhibitions, unless otherwise posted. For the safety of our visitors and collections, the use of tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks is not permitted at any time. Working members of the media, marketing agencies, freelancers, and others wishing to take still and video photography for commercial (non-personal) use must obtain prior permission from the museum’s Director of Marketing and must be escorted by a museum staff member while in the building.

Notice: Visitors may be filmed, photographed, or recorded by the museum for educational and promotional uses, including for posting on the museum's website, social media platforms, and other marketing efforts.

Accessibility Accommodation
Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accessibility accommodation are encouraged to send an email to visitmor@montana.edu as far in advance as possible. Free guided tours are available for visitors who are blind or have low vision as well as visitors who are deaf. Sign language interpretation is available upon request for any program. Please call 406.944.6618 or send an email to visitmor@montana.edu two weeks in advance of the event.

Bags and Baggage
For the safety of our visitors and collections, bring only a small purse or fanny-pack style bag into the museum. Avoid bringing large daypacks, backpacks, or luggage into the museum. Please leave them someplace secure before you enter the museum.

Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is prohibited in and around the museum.

Where is the Museum of the Rockies located? How do we get there?
The Museum is located on the Montana State University campus at the corner of W. Kagy Blvd. and 3rd Avenue. Our address is 600 W. Kagy Blvd., Bozeman, MT 59717. View our directions page for routes to the museum.

How many visitors does the Museum average per year?
We average about 190,000 visitors each year, making us the most visited indoor attraction in Montana.

What is the Museum of the Rockies best known for?
Today, the Museum is best known for its vast collection of dinosaur fossils and the cutting-edge paleontological research that is produced here.

What do the letters "MOR" mean in your advertising?
MOR is a self-made acronym that stands for Museum Of the Rockies. It is pronounced like the word more, for example, MOR Bite or MOR Stellar Shows.

What is Jack Horner’s Relationship to Museum of the Rockies?
Jack Horner is our retired Curator of Paleontology.  Horner has served as the technical advisor on all of the Jurassic Park films, including the recent blockbuster hit, Jurassic World. He is regarded as one of the leading paleontologists in the world. Dr. John Scannella is our Curator of Paleontology.

Do you offer trips for the general public into the field for dinosaur digs?
We don’t have dinosaur digs available to the public due to the nature of the field research being done at our dig sites. To best preserve and protect our fossils, these sites are closed to the public. The Montana Dinosaur Trail has a couple of facilities that offer public dinosaur digs.

What is the history of the Museum of the Rockies?
Dr. Caroline McGill founded the Museum in 1957. McGill, a doctor from Butte, Montana, worked in conjunction with MSU’s President to establish the Museum, and she served as its first curator. Her gifts included an extraordinary collection of Montana historical objects that were first housed in three Quonset huts on the MSU campus. Today, the Museum is both a college-level division of Montana State University and an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, MOR is also a Smithsonian Affiliate and a federal repository for fossils. View our History page.