The Tate Geological Museum was made possible through a gift from Marion and Inez Tate. The Tate houses over 3000 fossil and mineral specimens. Our cornerstone exhibit features an 11,600 year old Mammoth, named Dee, as its centerpiece. Dee is the largest mounted Columbian Mammoth in North America and he stands at a height of over 4 meters (almost 14 feet). He is also the most senior mounted mammoth, believed to been approximately 65-70 years old when he died.
The Tate is also home to Lee Rex the T.rex. Lee is a mostly articulated T.rex skeleton that was found here in Wyoming and will soon be on exhibit at the Tate. Visitors can schedule a tour of the Lee Rex barn at the front desk.
The Tate also has an extensive fossil collection spanning geologic time from the Precambrian to the Holocene. Favorites such as "Stan" the T-rex, "Oomtar" the Mosasaur and flying Pterosaurs footprints from near-by Alcova can be seen on exhibit. Another highlight of the Tate is the fossil prep lab, where visitors can watch skilled technicians work on fossil material and even step up to the window and ask questions.
Children will enjoy the "Dino Den", which contains many hands-on activities for children of all ages. The museum's gift shop is loaded with dinosaurs, mammoths, rock and mineral specimens, t-shirts, books and much more. The friendly staff is always willing to answer questions and provide any additional information about the museum or surrounding area. The museum is free of charge and open all year long.
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