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FAQs


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 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.

Do you allow non-commercial, personal photography?
For the safety of our visitors and collections, the museum prohibits the use of tripods, monopods, or selfie sticks. This is a preventive measure to protect visitors and objects, especially during crowded conditions. We encourage museum visitors to take non-commercial selfies and share their experiences but leave the selfie sticks in your vehicle.

Commercial Filming and Photography
Commercial Filming and Photography includes filming and photography for commercial purposes and for which Museum of the Rockies (MOR) and Montana State University (MSU) will not own the copyright to the product created. All commercial filming and photography require a Facility Use Permit. No museum/campus images may be used in a commercial film or photograph without prior written authorization from MOR's Director of Marketing and MSU's University Communications department. Examples of commercial filming and photography include, but are not limited to:

  • Theatrical release, broadcast, or print media
  • Industrial use (e.g., trade show, intra-company or intra-industry use)
  • Photographs for calendars, works of art, websites, or other commercial products
  • Documentary media

Permits shall be requested as noted in Section 1000.00, and all pertinent information furnished on forms provided by Museum of the Rockies prior to the beginning of any activities. Such permits may also include permit fees, location management or coordination fees, cost recovery fees, or a negotiated stipend as deemed appropriate or waived by Museum of the Rockies and MSU University Communications.

Definitions:

  • Museum/Campus Image: A still or moving image of MSU property that can be readily identified by the public as MSU property by a logo, architecture, landmarks, signage, the presence of prominent individuals, the inclusion of logo clothing or athletic uniforms, or any other means.
  • Filming: The capturing of moving or still images of MSU property by any means on any media now in use or that may be invented in the future including, but not limited to, film, videotape, digital disk, or any electronic transmission to another medium or to the internet.
  • Photography: The capturing of still images onto any compatible medium, or posting to the internet, by any means or devices now in use or that may be invented in the future including, but not limited to, film cameras, digital cameras, electronic devices such as personal computers, mobile phones, or personal digital devices.

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 the Museum of the Rockies?
Jack Horner is our retired Curator of Paleontology.  Horner has served as the technical adviser 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.