About the Museum
(above photo) MNHM staff at work in Morrison's historic Quarry 10, site of the first discovery of Apatosaurus ajax in 1877. In 2003, the Museum dig crew discovered Colorado's first Stegosaurus tracks at this site. Digging continues...
The Morrison Natural History Museum was founded to interpret and preserve the dramatic Earth history of Morrison, Colorado and the greater Front Range. The building itself is an experiment in reuse, combining the condemned cabin of a local rancher with new materials. The volunteer labor of DeWayne Rhodig and others built a foundation for the building on Town land, and perched the cabin upon it.
Under the leadership of Richard Scott, a retired paleobotanist and Town of Morrison board member, the Morrison Natural History Museum opened as a teaching museum where small groups of visitors could interact with knowledgeable guides and encounter natural history on October 26th, 1989.
Since 1995, the Museum has been proudly operated by the Town of Morrison. Visitorís admission fees, gift shop sales and grants help the town of less than 450 residents to offer the educational services provided by the Museum.
To further support the Townís endeavor, a private charity was created to support the Museumís mission in 2005. Chaired by Russel Ahrens, the Morrison Natural History Museum Foundation is an IRS recognized 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) non-profit corporation. Now under the leadership of Jennifer Anderson, the Museum Foundation is currently engaged in a campaign to subsidize classroom visits to the Morrison Museum. Grants from organizations like the Kinder Morgan Foundation and the Ramsey Family Foundation have allowed many schoolchildren the opportunity to encounter local Earth Science.
In 2002, famed paleontologist and Colorado resident Robert T. Bakker established a field research program to better understand Morrisonís Jurassic paleontology.
Recently, the Morrison Museum has received international acclaim for its fossil discoveries at the historic dinosaur dig sites along Dinosaur Ridge. These excavations, supported by the Jefferson County Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and Aggregate Industries, have yielded a treasure trove of fossils, including infant dinosaur tracks discovered by the museum director Matthew T. Mossbrucker. The Museumís dig crew continues in the 134 year tradition of exploring local outcrops for clues to Coloradoís ancient past.
Today the Morrison Natural History Museum serves more than eleven thousand visitors to Morrison each year with exhibits that chronicle life history. Come and explore the cabin that is packed with a growing collection of natural history wonders.