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Great Idea - Bones!

What a terrific experience! After paying the entry fees ...we toured the building and saw several... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gary H
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Urbandale, United States
Go now! Go today!

I was in Nebraska providing the support vehicle for my sister who bicycled the Cowboy Trail from... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Seahawkfan12
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Salina
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This archeological site, revealing prehistoric fossils, is a subdivision of the University of Nebraska State Museum
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86930 517th Ave, Royal, NE 68773-5052
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+1 402-893-2000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a terrific experience! After paying the entry fees ...we toured the building and saw several skeletons of various animals, saw the history of the site, and then walked to the actual dig location. Housed inside a very large structure, the dig was explained to...More

Thank Gary H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was in Nebraska providing the support vehicle for my sister who bicycled the Cowboy Trail from Valentine to Norfolk. While she rode, I toured Nebraska. I got into this area where I wasn't finding much to do, so on a whim I went to...More

Thank Seahawkfan12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The displays and watching people work on uncovering fossils was so interesting. You could talk to them about their work. It is a very neat place to go and visit. The main area being worked on has a building over it so weather is not...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well things do change in 20 years! The Nebraska State Historical Society has done an excellent job of expanding and upgrading this site. 20 years ago, the building over the site was open air and perhaps a quarter of its present size and the visitor...More

Thank Traveller68845
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a local gem that is a must-see for fossil/science lovers and the naturally curious. Staff (many college interns) reply to questions from visitors and provide great information on how this amazing site came to be. My daughter is regularly bored by museums and...More

Thank elsiecow
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It off the more heavily traveled highways but well worth the time to get to and view. There is a visitor ‘s center with a gift shop, a working lab where the public can view scientists examining collected fossils from the site and displays about...More

Thank NeCathy
Reviewed 12 August 2018

We stopped at Ashfall Fossil Beds on our way to Mount Rushmore, via the scenic Nebraska route. Although not really close to much, it is a beautiful drive and the dig site is located on a scenic piece of land. To be honest, we were...More

Thank CastilloNE1974
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Seeing the fossils and bones from the Yellowstone Volcano is so amazing. Watching the actual students from University of Nebraska dig and see just in front of you is one of the most amazing things you can see. Students also gave us background on what...More

Thank Janice S
Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

We stopped here as an interim stop, along the way to the Badlands. This was very interesting! It’s not an elaborate museum, but worthwhile to see all of the fossils. There were a couple of University of Nebraska undergraduates there, gently exploring a section of...More

Thank LoveAGreatBnB
Reviewed 9 July 2018

This is an amazing site with fully articulated skeleton that died at a watering hole as a result of a prehistoric volcano erupting in "Idaho" that dumped feet of ash. The Rhino Barn was the highlight where excavations were occurring but fossil skeletons left in...More

Thank glendaw350
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