Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs

Think BIG!
On exhibit January 27 – May 20, 2018

The largest dinosaurs – plant-eating titans – grew larger than any creatures before or since. But why and how?  Learn the answers for yourself in this interactive exhibition featuring full-sized animatronic dinosaurs, skeletons, a dig pit and even a 70-foot Mamenchisaurus skeleton!

Museum Admission

Adults: $10 | Ages 4 – 14: $7 | Ages 3 and under: Free
ABD Museum members/ASTC reciprocal: Free

Admission includes all exhibitions in the galleries, Spark!Lab (space is limited), plus the Hall of Ideas.

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Alden B. Dow Museum Hours

Winter Museum Hours

Special Hours beginning January 27!

Monday CLOSED
Tuesday 9 am – 4 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 4 pm
Thursday 9 am – 8 pm
Friday 9 am – 4 pm
Saturday 9 am – 4 pm
Sunday 1 – 5 pm

Closed: Mondays and Easter Sunday

Spring Break Hours:
March 30 – April 6, 2018

Monday 9 am – 6 pm
Tuesday 9 am – 6 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 6 pm
Thursday 9 am – 8 pm
Friday 9 am – 4 pm
Saturday 9 am – 4 pm
Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm

Special Openings!
Monday, February 19 & April 30 – open both days 12 noon – 4 pm!

Included with Admission

NEW – Spark!Lab® Smithsonian!

Create, innovate, collaborate, and problem solve!

Through hands-on activities, children and their families engage in invention through activities that incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math with art and creativity. Included with full museum admission, this self-led exploration of interactive space creates creative and collaborative thinking. Learn more…

Hall of Ideas

Connecting through Interactivity

Three levels make up the fun, permanent interactive Hall of Ideas designed especially for toddlers through grade school students. This handicap-accessible space traces the spiraling evolution of civilization in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Advancing through each level, visitors learn about Michigan’s geological formation and early inhabitants, and explore the interconnection of science and art. Learn more…

Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs Special Events

JANUARY
27 / 1 – 4 pm: 
PaleoJoe Knows!
Join PaleoJoe as he demonstrates how to clean and restore real dinosaur bones!
Included with Museum admission.

FEBRUARY
3 / 10 am – 12 pm: Teacher Preview Open House
Get a peek at the exhibition and ask questions of our Museum educators!
FREE admission for the teacher, their spouse and children.

8 / 4 – 7 pm: PaleoJoe Knows!
Join PaleoJoe as he demonstrates how to clean and restore real dinosaur bones!
Included with Museum admission.

8 / 4 – 7 pm: Scout Night
Scouts in uniform just $5! Includes a souvenir patch.

24 / 1 – 4 pm: PaleoJoe Knows!
Join PaleoJoe as he demonstrates how to clean and restore real dinosaur bones!
Included with Museum admission

MARCH
8 / 4 – 7 pm: PaleoJoe Knows!
Join PaleoJoe as he demonstrates how to clean and restore real dinosaur bones!
Included with Museum admission

8 / 4 – 7 pm: Scout Night
Scouts in uniform just $5! Includes a souvenir patch.

10 / 2 – 3 pm: Digging Dinos
Join PaleoJoe as he describes his 8 summers digging dinosaur in the deserts of Utah and the long-neck dinosaur he found.
$5 Public, $3 Museum Members.

15 / 5 – 7 pm: GIRLS ONLY STEM Night
Female professionals share personal stories of inspiration and why love their STEM careers. Includes pizza party and a museum activity. For ages 10 and up.
$5 per girl.

24 / 1 – 4 pm: PaleoJoe Knows!
Join PaleoJoe as he demonstrates how to clean and restore real dinosaur bones!
Included with Museum admission.

APRIL

12 / 4 – 7 pm: PaleoJoe Knows!
Join PaleoJoe as he demonstrates how to clean and restore real dinosaur bones!
Included with Museum admission.

12 / 4 – 7 pm: Scout Night
Scouts in uniform just $5! Includes a souvenir patch.

14 / 2 – 4 pm: Dinosaur CSI Family Program
Join PaleoJoe to learn about dinos and the science behind what we now know about these prehistoric beasts. See the evidence and discover the stories that are told through Dino CSI!
$5 Public, $3 Museum Members.

28 / 1 – 4 pm: PaleoJoe Knows!
Join PaleoJoe as he demonstrates how to clean and restore real dinosaur bones!
Included with Museum admission.

MAY

10 / 4 – 7 pm: PaleoJoe Knows!
Join PaleoJoe as he demonstrates how to clean and restore real dinosaur bones!
Included with Museum admission.

10 / 4 – 7 pm: Scout Night
Scouts in uniform just $5! Includes a souvenir patch.

12 / 8:30 am – 4 pm: Alpena Family Fossil Dig
Join PaleoJoe as he guides you through the treasure trove of Michigan fossils at the LaFarge Quarry in Alpena!
$20 Students; $22 Adults; $80 Family 4-Pack.

17 / 5 – 7 pm: GIRLS ONLY STEM Night
Female professionals share personal stories of inspiration and why love their STEM careers. Includes pizza party and a museum activity. For ages 10 and up.
$5 per girl.

For Educators

Teacher Preview of Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs!
Feb. 3, 2018 •  10 am – 12 pm

Educator Guide

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Other exhibitions on display in the Alden B. Dow Museum

Masters of Ceramics: From Functional to Sculpture

January 27 – April 8, 2018

View works by 15 ceramic artists, representing the diversity and quality being produced currently in a four-state region.

Generously sponsored by Robert & Pamela Hart

Masters of Drawing: From Classic Realism to Abstraction

January 27 – April 8, 2018

This exhibition will showcase some of the most talented and influential artist working in drawing in a five-state area.

Generously sponsored by Robert & Pamela Hart

Thank You to our exhibit sponsors!