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Fossil Night at the Museum

Thursday, October 24 | 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. The event, from 5:00-8:00pm, will feature activities that “dig” into the work of paleontology led by State Museum paleontologists.

Guests are encourage to wear costumes and explore the museum on the "Trick or Treat Trail!"

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 16, 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.