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Searching for a summer vacation location? Check out UNSM's Sister Museums Ashfall Fossil Beds & Trailside Museum!
Engage in science and learning with these fun, FREE activities from our education team. Most use basic household supplies.
Established in 1871, the University of Nebraska State Museum is the state's premier museum of natural history. With four floors of interactive hands-on activities and exhibits, visitors of all ages will find something fun to do at Morrill Hall. Our 70,000 square foot museum features Nebraska's past and present biological diversity, its cultural heritage, and tons of great fossils. Check out our Visible Lab to see our Collections people working on actual research. We're also home to "Archie," the world's largest fully mounted and composite Colombian mammoth fossil. Located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus, we hope you enjoy your visit.
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Have you heard of forensic anthropology from TV or news stories? Do you think you know what it is? Well, you might be surprised!
Join Katie East, a forensic anthropologist in Nebraska, to discover what forensic anthropologists can learn from skeletons and how they do their work. During this virtual Sunday with a Scientist, we’ll work with Katie to learn some forensic anthropological skills. We’ll practice thinking like a scientist and then put our skills to the test to solve a mystery.
This interactive program will involve hands-on activities and lots of audience participation.
Register in advance to participate in this free program over Zoom: (https://unl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqcOiurDwqH9359jz7Q3Z2tVGLnnARNAsu) or watch on the Morrill Hall Facebook Page (@UNSMMorrillHall).
Step into the past with author Alison Pearce Stevens and uncover the mysteries of Ashfall!
Free to attend, join Alison as she launches RHINOS IN NEBRASKA: The Amazing Discovery of the Ashfall Fossil Beds. Complete with compelling illustrations by Matt Huynh, this middle grade read tells the incredible story of the Ashfall Fossil Beds, where more than two hundred perfectly preserved fossils have been found.