Updated: Oct 11, 2021
Students at SWAU can visit for free the Dino Museum at Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) which is open every day by appointment. The general tour is about forty-five minutes and is led by a SWAU student paleontologist. Admission is $5 for the general public or $3 for veterans, seniors, health care workers, and children under 12 years of age. When guests tour, they get to see dinosaur skeletons and bone/teeth fragments on display, including the repository holding an outstanding 30,000+ bones.
Located at the lower level of the the Dino Museum offers guests a tour and you can even clean a bone with help from staff. Some guests are even given a piece of dinosaur bone fragment to take home. “Our mission has been for guests to have this kind of immersive hands-on experience in paleontology,” said Jared Wood, Ph.D director of the Dino Museum, and associate professor in Biology. “A typical day is when my students spend their time answering emails, which are usually requests for tours.”
The Dino Museum is divided into two aspects, the visitor side and the research side, and has daily spots available for tours. a preferred date and time at least 48 hours in advance. Students can submit an online application and receive a tour for free here: https://www.swau.edu/dinosaurs/museum.