Dinosaur Discovery

Dinosaur Discovery

Third Floor | Kirby Science Discovery Center

The Dinosaur Discovery area invites you to step back into prehistoric times and encounter dinosaurs like the Dakotaraptors, Pterosaur, Triceratops and others that roamed South Dakota so many years ago.

  • Stand face-to-face with a life-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex. 
  • Dig for dinosaur bones and learn about the tools used to unearth fossils.
  • Take a ride in our Jurassic Jeep and meet a couple of “dino experts” who explain how scientists study fossils and what old bones teach us today.
  • Color dinosaurs on interactive screens or watch educational dinosaur cartoons.

Sponsored by:

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David B Jones

Rubber Mulch Donated by:

Rainbow Midwest

Other Dino-Mite Additions to the Third Floor:

Quarry Dig

Quarry Dig

Get a glimpse of working life inside a quarry with explosives, tunnels, a conveyor belt and mining equipment.

Learn South Dakota

Learn South Dakota

Explore the state of South Dakota without ever leaving the Washington Pavilion! Learn more about our state while experiencing its breathtaking beauty.

State of Wonder

State of Wonder

Step into the stairwell outside of our Learn South Dakota exhibits to experience the panoramic and macro photography of Paul Schiller.