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Trailside Museum of Natural History

3200 U.S. 20, Crawford, Nebraska 69339 USA

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“featuring a one of kind "Clash of the Mammoths" exhibit”

The Tertiary deposits near Fort Robinson are now world famous. For over one hundred years scientists from all over the world have collected geological data and fossil vertebrates in western Nebraska. Major natural history museums in the United States, Canada, England, and continental Europe feature fossils from the Pine Ridge region in their exhibits. Many foreign visitors to the state comment that their introduction to Nebraska was through fossils observed in museums or referred to in school books. Because of the intense interest in Nebraska’s fossils, the staff members of the University of Nebraska State Museum had been making plans over a number of years to establish a branch natural science museum in the heart of the renowned Pine Ridge fossil-collecting region. The first major step in activating the project was the acquisition of the Army Theatre building from the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Fort Robinson in 1955. Since that time the building was converted into an ideal type of museum structure. The process was slow because only limited funds were available, but on July 3, 1961, the University of Nebraska Trailside Museum at Fort Robinson was dedicated and opened to visitors. Many of the displays, as well as the cases, had been prepared at the Museum in Lincoln and then shipped to Fort Robinson. Mr. Lloyd G. Tanner, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology in the State Museum, coordinated the Trailside Museum project, and Mr. Ivan Burr supervised the construction and display installations. The excellent teamwork of the Museum staff members from Lincoln and friends of the Museum from western Nebraska made it possible to open on the designated date.

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Kathleen Oanes

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August 16, 2014

Brought my nephew here before. Knowing that he's into dinosaurs and the like, he had so much fun in this museum. The exhibits were really informative and educational. They showcased different fossils which were gathered for more than one hundred years! That's awesome history learning right there. Moreover, the seeing mammoths were really exceptional and is definitely worth looking forward to.

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Trailside Museum of Natural History

3200 U.S. 20
Crawford, Nebraska
69339 USA


Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun, Thu - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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