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Museum open daily, 9am-5pm
Last entry 4pm

Museum is located at 
7102 Lincolnway
West, South Bend, IN 46628

Wander through real and lifelike exhibits that bring these colossal creatures back to life, and showcase meticulously crafted replicas and interactive displays. 


Ticketed exhibits include:

-U-DIG Fossil Area - For Children and Adults. Dig up your own fossils.

-Dig Deeper Tour- Go deep into the museum opening doors that regular visitors don't get to walk through.

-Founders Tour - Ask anything

Founder’s Tour

For groups 10 or fewer. Guests are available to tour the museum with founder Mark Tarner. They begin with a refreshment in his office. Ask any questions you want. Then, off to the museum. Tours generally last one hour.

All fees are donated to science, area conservation or local charities.

Meet a member of the Explorer’s Club, a children’s book author and adventurer. This is a one of a kind opportunity.

Dig Deeper Tour

This tour is for small groups of up to 15. A docent will guide you through the museum, opening doors that regular visitors don’t get to walk through. Highlights include visiting our behind the scenes tour of our research library and lab, a short visit with a paleontologist who will update you on our newest discoveries, and an opportunity to hold and get your picture taken with one of our living fossils.

Also included is a free entry into our U-Dig fossil area. You and your group will be guided to our dig even deeper section and given the opportunity to dig up a real bone.