Texas Dinosaurs

Have you ever wondered how dinosaur fossils wind up in museums? Join us in the Science Building for a contemporary tale of discovery that begins right here in Texas. It takes a team to find a fossil, unearth it and transport it to a lab for preparation, study it, and finally display it in a museum.

Our team includes paleontologists, students and teachers, engineers, artists, computer scientists, and many others. Each contributes unique skills and enthusiasm to this adventure. Museums are places for sharing, where scientists share the results of their work with the community. Museums are also nurturing places, home for many scientists. Here their research is conceived, funded, supported, and realized. Museums help make discovery possible.

Imagine that you are the first to see something that has not seen the light of day in over 60 million years. On the field expedition, in the MNS Texas Dinosaur - Fossil Dig, you are the explorer. All of the fossil casts you can find in this dig have been unearthed over the past four decades in Big Bend. Now it is your turn… come and explore.

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Putting DNA to work

Permanent exhibition

DNA can be used to detect diseases, improve crops or catch criminals. The information in DNA sequences has been harnessed for a multitude of tasks, but how is DNA put to work? Through interactive...

Your Incredible body

Permanent exhibition

Have you ever wondered just what happens when you sneeze? Or cough? Or sweat? Well, now you can uncover the mystery at the Museum of Nature & Science’s permanent hands-on exhibit, Your Incredible...

Paleontology Lab

Permanent exhibition

Upon arrival back at the museum, fossils collected in the field are brought to the fossil preparation laboratory. Here the specimens are carefully removed from the surrounding rock with a variety of...

Little Urban Farm

Permanent exhibition

The Farm provides children an opportunity to experience the critical ingredient that makes agriculture and husbandry viable: the element of human work. We step into what Nature provides and give our...

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