As a VENUE: Host an event…

Rent Our Facilities:
Planning for a: * reunion * group picnic * birthday party, or * wedding? Consider reserving one of the available facilities at the Dickinson Museum Center for your next event.

  • Heritage Pavilion: Located on Museum Drive, in Prairie Outpost Park, the Heritage Pavilion Picnic Shelter is available to rent for reunions, birthday celebrations, picnics, receptions, and other private events. Pavilion Features:
    • Entire structure 80’ x 30’
    • Seating for 125+
    • Electrical outlets on all columns
    • Halogen lights on outside posts
    • 12 picnic tables on site
    • Bathrooms on site
    • Wind screens available
  • Kitchen Facility
    • 330 sq. ft
    • 8 electrical outlets
    • Sink and 6 gal. water heater
    • Sliding front window for serving
    • Countertop area
    • Floor drain
  • Ridgeway Church: The historic Ridgeway Church is perfect for couples seeking a quaint and intimate setting for their wedding.
    • Rental of the Ridgeway Church for a wedding includes the use of the church and the gazebo. The church has electricity.Free parking is available along Museum Drive and in the Museum parking lot.
  • The Dickinson Museum Center: Host your child’s Birthday party among the Dinosaurs!
    • Included are age appropriate activities and/or crafts, admission to the Museum, gift bags for each child, and the use of our room for 2 hours. The room is not very large which is why we recommend that you keep the number of participants to 15 or fewer.

Support Badlands Dinosaur Museum …by simply booking your next special occasion here:

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Make it YOUR museum: Dickinson Museum Center is growing. We want you to be part of our expansion. Please consider an Individual or Family membership:
Student / Senior / Adult  / Family (household pass)
Supporter (household pass)
Sustaining (household +2 guest passes)
Patron (household +4 guest passes)
Benefactor (household +6 guest passes)
Partner (household +12 guest passes)

Please consider Business Sponsorship:
Sustaining level and above receive acknowledgement in our lobby and at the site of project support as well as museum pass packages


Donations at specified levels are designated and you may customize your gifts: You may identify and underwrite efforts of your choice: * Paleontology-General * History-General * Paleontology-Fieldwork * Paleontology-Research * History-Exhibits * Paleontology-Exhibits * History- Collections & Conservation, and * PaleontologyCollections & Laboratory.

Volunteer: Our programs and activities are made possible, in part, by the enthusiastic support of volunteers. Working in various capacities our volunteers support our missions with their time and talents, giving back to their community and, we hope, enjoying helping bring the stories of our region to new audiences.

    • Collections and Laboratory volunteers work under the supervision of the Curatorial Staff (Paleontology or History) and assist with collections management tasks (scanning, cataloging, conservation and arrangement), laboratory work (cleaning dinosaur bones) as well as exhibit development.
    • Visitor Services volunteers work as docents (interpretive tour guides) providing guided tours for groups large and assist with other programming as well as acting as greeters and receptionists.
    • Special Events volunteers typically support special programs, celebrations, festivals, or any Museum Center event that is geared to raise the Center’s profile, and/or help generate operating or exhibit funds.
    • Maintenance volunteers help maintain a safe and clean environment at the Museum Center. Working with the Museum Custodian these volunteers also assist with the fabrication of exhibits, and help maintain the Center’s buildings including its historic structures.
    • Education Services volunteers work with the Museum’s Education Coordinator and/or Curators to assist with school groups, class presentations and children’s activities.
    • We need your help cleaning up our dinosaur bones! If you are interested in dinosaurs and want to get involved, then why not volunteer in our laboratory? Our available projects vary depending on what our fieldwork has recently uncovered, and your personal interest and ability. Projects range from simple scrubbing away of mud with a toothbrush, to fine preparation of delicate fossils using more technical tools. For people who don’t like getting their hands dirty, we have many dinosaur bone “jigsaws” – broken specimens that need to be pieced back together by a jigsaw fanatic! It takes a lot of practice and especially patience to become skilled in fossil preparation. New volunteers are assigned a relatively simple first project, with following projects that are more complex, introducing new skills, equipment, or techniques. General requirements: Volunteers should be age 15 or over, and need to be mature and able to work independently in a lab setting. We prefer that individual shifts are at least 2 hours, although exceptions can be made, especially for younger volunteers.
    • Our field crews are mostly made up of volunteers. We usually ask for a commitment of at least two weeks (although this is flexible depending on circumstances, especially experience). Campsites can also be quite remote, and very basic without amenities. We typically work a six-day week with one day each week set aside for resupplying in town. Digging can be very hard physical work, in hot weather and rough terrain. Volunteers therefore need to be fit, and we insist on volunteers having valid health insurance. For legal reasons volunteers must be aged 16 or over.
Support Badlands Dinosaur Museum …by simply joining, giving, and volunteering here:

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188 Museum Dr E, Dickinson, ND 58601, USA

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