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Fossil Day at the Museum

Thursday, October 5 | 5:00-8:00pm
Members: FREE
Regular Museum Admission

In celebration of National Fossil Day the University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall invites children and families to a special paleontology themed night at Morrill Hall on October 5. The event, from 5:00-8:00pm, will feature activities that “dig” into the work of paleontology led by State Museum paleontologists.

Hands-On Activities for Children and Families
• What’s a fossil? Test your skills in trying to identify what a fossil is and isn’t.
• Solve puzzles and find clues in the new 'Natural History Mystery Room'.
• Dig and sort for fossils like a paleontologists.
• Learn more about sister museum Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park.
• Visitors are welcome to bring a fossil for a scientist to identify.

Mueller Planetarium will present a special fulldome showing of "Dinosaurs at Dusk" at 6:00 & 7:00pm.

Lincoln City Libraries will lead a fossil themed storytime at 6:30pm.

The State Museum's collection of vertebrate fossils is internationally recognized as a resource for understanding our prehistoric past, as well as some of today's most important scientific concerns, such as climate change. More than 1 million rare and irreplaceable specimens have been added to the collection since 1891 when director Erwin H. Barbour (1891-1941) made his first fossil expedition to the Badlands of Nebraska and South Dakota. The division continues to make new discoveries in Nebraska and nearby states, and in other parts of the world. Modern field and laboratory techniques are used in the collection and preparation of fossils and cutting edge methods are used in their study.

National Fossil Day, held October 11, is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.