Record attendance at the Dinosaur Museum for National Museum Day

The Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory recently celebrated National Museum Day, in conjunction with Smithsonian Magazine. The Dinosaur Museum offered free admission with a total attendance of more than 300, compared to 178 visitors last year.

During Museum Day, a new ammonite (an extinct squid-like animal) exhibit was unveiled. The Dinosaur Museum also partnered with the Quay County Health Council and the Tucumcari Historical Museum to hold a scavenger hunt on the same day. Visitors were encouraged to live a more active lifestyle, while exploring both museums. The Health Council reported over 200 participants in the scavenger hunt.

The Mesalands Dinosaur Museum will also offer free admission for the Fossil Day Festival on Saturday, October 12, 12:00-5:00 pm.

Dr. Axel Hungerbuehler, Natural Sciences Faculty and Museum Curator, describes a fossil to Mesalands students.
Matt Garcia, Recruiter at Mesalands, checks out the new ammonite exhibit with his family.
Children admire pieces of amber.