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Dinosaurs and Birds - The Link Between Them

School Group Tours

Dinosaur Discovery Museum School Group Information

The curator shares fossils with an enthusiastic group of students.The Dinosaur Discovery Museum features the nation’s largest display of meat-eating theropod dinosaurs and focuses on the evolution of theropods into modern birds.

The Museum is also home to the Carthage Institute of Paleontology located on the lower level of the building. The Institute collects and studies dinosaur specimens which are stored at the Museum and displayed for visitors.

The Dinosaur Discovery Museum offers the following school group programs and tours:


Dino Tots | Audience: Preschool | Duration: 30 minutes

Dino Tots is a tour created specifically for preschoolers to give them a simplified introduction to dinosaurs. Students learn what dinosaurs were, how we know they existed, what they ate, and how big or small they were. On the tour, the children will touch real fossils, see replica dinosaur teeth, and measure the length of dinosaurs.


Discovering Dinosaurs | Audience: Kindergarten-2nd Grade | Duration: 60 minutes

During the Discovering Dinosaurs tour, students will explore the science of paleontology, discover how paleontologists work to find and study dinosaur fossil bones, and learn about their tools and methods of discovery. Students will also learn about the dinosaur’s closest living relatives–modern birds. The program includes a discussion of the paleontology lab on the Museum’s lower level and a tour of the exhibit gallery.


Dinosaur Discovery Museum Highlight Tour | Audience: All Grade Levels | Duration: 60 minutes

Museum staff and volunteers escort your group on a guided tour through the Dinosaur Discovery Museum’s exhibit galleries. The tour also includes a discussion of the Carthage Institute of Paleontology on the lower level of the Museum. Students of all ages will find out what dinosaurs were, when they lived, and how paleontologists know they existed. Learn about the fascinating meat-eating dinosaurs, the theropods, and how they evolved over time to become avian dinosaurs, otherwise known as birds. The tour is adapted to the group’s age level and includes an age-appropriate activity.



“They kept the girls engaged with questions and suppositions and surprised us all sometimes with actual facts. Even the adults learned something.”

“We got to touch dino poop! Ewww!”


Online Reservation Request Worksheet

School Group Frequently Asked Questions

Map of the Dinosaur Discovery Museum

Field Trip Grants and Subsidy Options

If you have questions, please contact the education services coordinator at 262-653-4433 or email