Annual Events

Archie's Party

Help us celebrate the Museum's birthday!

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Pricing: Included with admission (members get in free). Current admission discounts including seniors, veteran and Museums for All ($1 for those qualifying for WIC/SNAP/EBT) are valid for this event. 
Parking: Free parking is available in the lot outside Morrill Hall
Tickets: Advance tickets are encouraged to streamline admission process, but not required. 

Unique Fun & Play

  • Join B107.3 as the live stream from Morrill Hall’s main floor.
  • UNSM members can stop by the membership table to pick up their gift of Mammoth Money to spend in our Discovery Gift Shop.
  • Some of Archie's birthday presents got scattered throughout the museum. Find one and turn it in for a prize!
  • Bring a birthday present to donate to Food Bank of Lincoln and be entered into a raffle for prizes. Details below.
  • Archie Meet and Greet - Archie will be popping in and out of the party to greet guests and pose for photos. 
  • Meet Julie Allen, one of NASA’s solar system ambassadors, and chat all things space related.


  • Archie’s Dental Exam – estimate Archie’s age based on mammoth teeth with out paleontologists
  • Uncovering the Past – Learn about paleontology field methods, tools, and fossil preparation with our paleontologists
  • Digging for Answers – Get an introduction to archeology at this dig box station
  • A-Maize-ing Corn – learn more about the role of corn in food from our past by grinding it at this station
  • The Gravity of the Matter – Learn more about black holes in this table demonstration activity

Additional activities coming soon.

Support Food Bank of Lincoln
Archie is giving his birthday presents to Food Bank of Lincoln this year. Bring a present to donate, and Archie will say thanks by entering you into a drawing for some great prizes (museum memberships, plush sets, UNSM swag, and more). Below are Food Bank of Lincoln's most wanted items, to help support a new program within their pantry:

  • Tuna and canned meats
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Peanut butter
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Boxed dinners
  • Brown rice and long-grain white rice (not instant)
  • 100% Fruit juice
  • Spices
  • Coffee
  • Toilet paper
  • Diapers
  • Soap
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner

*Food Bank of Lincoln encourages pop-top lids on cans whenever possible.

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