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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE ORIGINAL INDIAN
JONES, THE DRAGONMAN, ROY CHAPMAN ANDREWS…
If you went to an expedition to Mongolia in the 1920’s you would
find an old building surrounded by smaller buildings and tents,
many circular like the oldest constructed dwellings known to mankind,
the yurt. It would be ramshackle but solid and built with whatever
materials were on hand and lots of tin and wooden boxes. It wouldn’t
be pretty, but it would do the job. Science was the key and creature
comforts came later.
This is the new Westside T Rex Museum Expedition Center designed
for Fun For Children of All Ages. It’s not fancy, not modern, and
totally in keeping with our theme of a real expedition 1920’s Mongolian
fossil science center, but with a bit more civilization than Mr.
Andrews had, and less guns & whips.
Yes he is the model for Indiana Jones in real life (come see the
exhibit on him including real artifacts and photos and even a dinosaur
egg found in the same strata where he made that remarkable discovery).
On July 13, 1923, the party was the first in the world to discover
dinosaur eggs. Come see what they looked like.
Come see one at the New T Rex Expedition Center and DO much more.
How about a photo standing next to Metal and fiberglass replica
of a full sized Tyrannosaurs bataar or the Asian T Rex. Or a full
sized and very scary Raptor. Or lots of other Asian dinosaurs found
near where Roy Chapman Andrews found his fossils in the 10 years
of expeditions China and Mongolia. These exhibits are indoors and
outdoors, and includes a ½ mile Tyrannosaurs Trail where you can
walk through a real Riparian Area that is 20° cooler than in town
and see lots of fossil displays and interactive exhibits. But be
prepared for weather approaching what Mr. Andrews experienced. This
so real that it is…well, real!
What will I get to see and do at the Expedition Center...
our video tour
At our main expedition center you will get to participate in real
fossil finding and preparation, and keep much of what you find to
take home. There are many choices here and we will go over them,
but we guarantee there is no place in North or South America where
you can do all these activities at ANY Museum.
Here is an outline of what you will do in our the most popular
package, the $25/person Raptor with 5 activities:
1. After a short orientation and history of life on our planet
with unique exhibits taken from our earlier museum, your family
will start your search for fossils at our Prepared Fossil Sites
found on almost 25 acres of lush desert, including a Lush Southwest
Bosque or Riparian Area.
Summertime weather is cooler earlier in the day so we suggest scheduling
your visit for early morning. You will get to see real and cast
fossils still in the ground as well as full size models or replicas
of early and later ceretopsians like Protceratops and Triceratops,
a Monolophosaurus Bone Bed, a Seven Foot hand of a sea Monster,
an ancient flying reptile's fossilized head, and many other dinosaurs
found in the Gobi Desert, or other locations, which make for great
photo opportunities for your family, so bring your camera. WE ARE
AN AWARD WINNING MUSEUM AND CONTINUE THAT TRADITION AT OUR NEW WEXPEDITION
CENTER! Remember the old museum is closed and this is what we now
2. Next we move on to our Sea Monster Fossil dig pits where it
is 100% certain that fossils will be found here with possibilities
being sharks teeth, crinoids, ammonites, trilobites, dino bone pieces
or teeth, and so on. Keep up to 3 your choice.
3. Now we will retire to another shady area and cool down with
a Gold, Mineral, and Gem Panning Mine in a real "Running water
artificial stream" with a 100% chance of finding treasures.
Everyone will get their own 'supply of 'treasure dirt' which includes
maybe small flakes of gold, Herkimer diamonds, meteorites, semiprecious
stones, and even rubies or emeralds, as well as some other surprises.
4. Moving on to “Treasure Mountain” we will next dig for real minerals,
precious and semi precious stones and get to keep at least one.
You can take just a minute or as long as you want until you find
your first special treasure to take home.
5. The excitement continues as we will all go to still another
area where we will get to Discover and prep real fossil fish or
splitting fossil shale to find what is inside. You could find anything
from a bird feather to a real fossil bird, plants, or insects. You
again keep what you find. Many people like to take home a fish fossil
to work on after they get home and that is allowed.
6. And finally you will get to find and then Break open a real
geode from one of five mines we use world-wide. Inside you might
find purple amethyst crystals, white calcite spires, or a wonderland
of small crystals. And yes you get to take this home with you as
We also offer two expedition packages.
Family Deluxe Expedition: Just like Mongolia without the bad
Small group Paleontology Class: Primarily for adults
Family Deluxe Expedition Package
Instead of doing this in our usual way right next to the Expedition
Center- we take you out into the wilds of our 22 acre property.
It is just like going to Mongolia, except we speak English. So a
short walk to several sites on this lush desert where you will get
to find treasures, fossils, artifacts, toys, and dinosaur/ancient
270 million year old reptile track ways. Much of it you will get
to keep and take home and of course you will have a professional
field paleontologist from our staff accompany you and help make
this tricking fossil finding easier. You may find sea monster or
dinosaur teeth, real gems & minerals and much more. This is
the ultimate expedition. Think what it would coast to mount your
own expedition, even to a site a couple of hours away. So consider
this the expedition for those of us who can’t or won’t take the
time, trouble and money to organize this. A Disneyland type expedition
and for only $99 per family up to 4 people. Additions just $15 more
Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks. One to two hours.
One on one or small group Paleontology Class On Your Schedule Daily
Learn to find, dig, and prep real fossils with a PhD Paleontologist
& Staff. This one to one and a half hour real expedition on
our 22 acre lush desert site will teach you all the basics of paleontology.
You will find and prep out a real fossil fish & learn the techniques
to finish it out at home. Then you will go to a fossil rich area
to find a real ancient sea monster or dinosaur tooth and lean about
that, Next you will find & break open a geode. And finally you
will get to find and learn about dinosaur footprints from 200 plus
million years ago and how to interpret what they actually mean.
Of course you will also get to ask all the questions you always
wanted to like are dinosaur and birds the same? What really killed
them all off- and the answer will astound you as you have never
been told the actual truth here. Cost per person is just $49 for
one or up to 4 people only. This is for adults primarily but smart
geek paleo-kids may fit in also.
Dress for the weather. You will be taking home most of what you
The T Rex Expedition Experience has been fine tuned over 10 years
in really hostile conditions, and this will be a luxury adventure
compared to those, so that it will only take an hour to hour and
a half or so total time. Remember that this is a real expedition
experience. You will be out in lush desert outdoors with temperature
and weather variations. Prepare for it… It is very much like an
expedition to Mongolia, only closer. And the water won’t make you
We also have a nice little gift shop with everything from T Shirts
and small fossils to books, DVD’s, rocks, games, and toys related
to dinosaurs and natural history and all at great prices. We do
accept all major credit cards.
Call 520 289-4149.
T Rex Museum
Activity Center wins the “Official Best Children’s Museum
We would like to feature the
T Rex Museum Activity Center as the “Official Best Children’s
Museum in Arizona” in a two-minute segment on our television
special “The Official Best of Arizona - 2009” and on our internet
travel site www.OfficialBestOf.com. The half-hour television
program will air on NBC 12 KPNX Phoenix. Your highly regarded
museum is our top choice for the state and we would be honored
to have an experience of your caliber in our production.
The “Official Best Of” solicits
nominations for our www.OfficialBestOf.com website after we
have searched online travel resources to determine which nominees
will be named “best of.”
No attraction can contact us
for inclusion. Our selection process is rigorous with extensive
research that requires positive reviews from a minimum of
three independent sources. Our website receives over 75,000
visitors a month and traffic on our website surges after each
TV airing of a new state. We are currently working our way
through all 50 states.
Museum Receives 2008 Best of Tucson Award
Business Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement
WASHINGTON D.C., November
13, 2008 -- T-Rex Museum has been selected for the 2008 Best
of Tucson Award in the Museums category by the U.S. Local
Business Association (USLBA). The USLBA "Best of Local
Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local
businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies
companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing
success in their local community and business category. These
are local companies that enhance the positive image of small
business through service to their customers and community.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed
to choose the winners in each category. The 2008 USLBA Award
Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined
based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA
and data provided by third parties.