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Life-Sized Bronze Skeletons and Fossils

The Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of bronze skeletons and fossils. The bronze skeletons were created by Meslands’ staff and students at the College’s own foundry. The Museum was the first in the world to display a Torvorsaurus skeleton.

Throughout the Exhibit Hall visitors will see a variety of original art work depicting artists’ interpretations of prehistoric life, including: life-sized dinosaur sculptures, paintings, and wall murals.

New Exhibit

Our most recent exhibit features botanical specimens donated by the family of the late Howard Shanks. Dr. Shanks was a historian, paleontologist, mineralogist and genealogist who worked at the Ames Laboratory and the Microelectronics Research Center in Ames, Iowa. The specimens show what trees in North America looked like 300 million years ago.

For the Kids

Our child-friendly museum hosts an activity center with seating available for parents and grandparents. Children will enjoy the tactile interaction with our many touchable exhibits. These exhibits are each identified with a green hand.