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Bozeman

Museum Of The Rockies

The Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University is best known for its paleontology, geology, western history and Native American exhibits.

Home of the world-class Taylor Planetarium, the museum is nationally recognized for its paleontology research and dinosaur exhibits. The Museum of the Rockies preserves and tells the stories of Montana and the Northern Rockies; educating visitors about the region's rich history, which includes its paleontological roots. The museum was founded in 1957, funded in part by a gift from Caroline McGill. The museum's collections have grown to include 300,000 objects that cover more than 500,000,000 years of history. In 1980, the museum acquired over 10,000 photographs and negatives from the heirs of Albert, Alfred and Chris Schlechten (now known as the Schlechten collection). These photographs chronicle the Bozeman and Yellowstone National Park areas over two generations (from about 1905 until the late 1970s).