Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum and Natural Science Laboratory opened to the public in May of 2000. The museum receives approximately 14,000 visitors each year. Our guests represent all 50 states and over 40 foreign countries. Many of our guests return year after year to see the changes, improvements, and new exhibits that our staff is continually planning and completing.
The creation of the Dinosaur Museum and Natural Science Laboratory is an important part of Mesalands Community College’s mission of providing quality community service programs that respond to the needs of the region. A significant result of that mission is the College and community’s collaborative effort to recognize, own, and promote the rich heritage of the immediate geographic region. Eastern New Mexico has one of the Earth’s premier deposits of plant and animal fossils.