Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita hosts new ‘Hatching the Past’ exhibit
Finding a dinosaur bone is pretty rare. Discovering baby dinosaurs or eggs that are fully intact is even more unique.
“Hatching the Past,” Dinosaur Journey Museum’s newest display, follows the life of newborn dinosaurs. The museum — located at 550 Jurassic Court, in Fruita — designed the exhibit to display different stages of dinosaur development, from eggs to hatchlings. Access to “Hatching the Past” is included in the museum’s entrance fee ($8.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.25 for children or $24.50 for family groups). It will be on display until Sept. 20.
According to Julia McHugh, Dinosaur Journey Museum’s curator, Colorado’s Grand Valley hosts two known nesting sites. One is located a mere three miles away from the museum in the Morrison Formation, which features both dinosaurs and eggs. Paleontologists are still excavating the site.
“There are either babies or eggs, most sites don’t have both,” McHugh said.
The exhibit also explores dinosaur nesting habits. Children can even sit on a nest of eggs and pretend to be a “mom dinosaur.”
“As a curator, there are many ways to learn in the exhibit,” McHugh said. “There are so many interactive things to do, like digging for eggs or touching a bone, along with videos.”
JOIN A DINO DIG
While the new exhibit is underway, more adventure can be had with dinosaur one-day digs, three-day adventures, and prospecting trips.
One-day digs are perfect for beginners of all ages. Diggers head to Mygatt-Moore Quarry, located at Exit 2 off Interstate 70. The next open dig day is Friday, Aug. 7, and it costs $140 per person. It includes transportation, lunch, instructions and tools.
Then take a hike and learn about Fruita’s paleontology during a Jurassic Explorer trip. It is open to ages 8 and older and costs $65 per person. It includes transportation, lunch and a guide. The next open explorer day is Tuesday, July 21.
For the more adventurous enthusiasts, a three-day adventure, is set for July 28-30. It will explore the Colorado River, dig into the Mygatt-Moore Quarry, and travel to Moab to learn more about rocks, bones and tracks. The trip costs $375 per person, and it includes instruction, transportation, lunch and tools.
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