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The Museums of Western Colorado inspires and connects our community by championing the scientific and cultural heritage of the Colorado Plateau.

550 Jurassic Court | Fruita, COFossils from the Western Slope
It's Tuesday 5:58 PMSorry, we're closed
Monday10:00 AM — 4:00 PM
Tuesday10:00 AM — 4:00 PM
Wednesday10:00 AM — 4:00 PM
Thursday10:00 AM — 4:00 PM
Friday10:00 AM — 4:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM — 4:00 PM
Sunday10:00 AM — 4:00 PM

Admission

Adults $9 | Kids $5 | Seniors – $7

Museum members admitted free

Museums For All (EBT cardholders with ID will be admitted for free)

462 Ute Avenue | Grand Junction, COHistory, art, and archaeology from the Western Slope
It's Tuesday 5:58 PMSorry, we're closed
MondayClosed
Tuesday10:00 AM — 4:00 PM
Wednesday10:00 AM — 4:00 PM
Thursday10:00 AM — 4:00 PM
Friday10:00 AM — 4:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM — 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Admission

Adults $7 |  Kids $4 | Seniors $6

Museum members admitted free

Museums For All (EBT cardholders with ID will be admitted for free)

3073 F Road | Grand Junction, COA historic site exploring agriculture and railroads
It's Tuesday 5:58 PMSorry, we're closed
MondayClosed
TuesdayClosed
WednesdayClosed
Thursday9:00 AM — 3:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM — 3:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM — 3:00 PM
SundayClosed

Admission

Free for all! Donations are welcome.

Ride-on-Train or Firetruck (Saturdays)

$2.00 Children | $3.00 Adults  

Dec 03, 2022
Dinosaur Journey Museum, 550 Jurassic Court
Fruita, CO 81521 United States
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The leading museum
on the Western Slope since 1965

Over time the museum has expanded to include three museums a wide range of fantastic programs.

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Educational Programs

Field trips, outreach activities, and kits with ready-made lesson plans make it easy for educators to bring science and history to their classrooms.
99,000+

Artifacts

Collections include art, history, archaeology, and paleontology

Western Colorado Stories

Broaden Your Search and Other Tips

When searching the Museums of Western Colorado’s collections, some special tips will help you get better results, and find what…

Research a Historic Home

Researching a historic home — whether it’s one you own currently, or one you’re interested in for other reasons, can…

Juneteenth and Early Black Settlers in Colorado

Written By: Christine Westermire – Museum Educator Even though Juneteenth was made a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, by…

The Aviators Who Launched The Aviation Industry in the Grand Valley

By Jonathan Hamilton In 1978, United Airlines spokesman George Niemer said that, “the airline carries as many passengers to and…

Handy Chapel: A Treasured Piece of My Family History

Written By: Christine Westermire At the corner of 2nd Street and White Avenue stands a building that is not only…

Where did it come from? Railroad Tie Mystery Solved

Listen to a segment of KAFM’s community affairs hour where Kaia Michaelis and Libbie Early interview Matt Darling about this…

More than Museums

The Museums of Western Colorado also owns or helps manage multiple important paleontological sites.
We encourage you to visit them with respect.

Riggs Hill

This Museum-owned site is where Elmer Riggs found the Brachiosaurus in 1900. Explore this historic site and check out the geocache.

Trail Through Time

This trail includes the Mygatt-Moore Quarry, an active dinosaur quarry managed by the Museums of Western Colorado and the Bureau of Land Management. Hike the trail, or register for a Dinosaur Dig.

Fruita Paleo Area

Some of the first fossils in the MWC collection came from this special site, now famous for microfossils.

Dinosaur Hill

Elmer Riggs found an Apatosaurus here in 1901. Hiking trails help you explore this site jointly managed by MWC, the City of Fruita, and the Bureau of Land Management.