Category Archives: Dinosaur Journey Museum

Kaia Michaelis Joins Museums of Western Colorado as Executive Director

The Museums of Western Colorado is pleased to announce that Kaia Michaelis has joined our organization as our new Executive Director. Kaia has been the Director of both the Utah Museum of Art and History and the Box Elder Museum of Natural History for the past eight years in Brigham City, Utah. She has been very successful in building community connections, improving programs, and expanding the financial and organizational capacity of these two institutions. Kaia … Read More

Hero Rick Arrives Just in Time to Save the Day!

It’s the end of dig season at Dinosaur Journey. We’ve taken down the tents, tarps, and tables, put away all the tools and shovels… but we had two more big jackets to bring into the museum. Usually, this is no problem. We have a very nice flatbed trailer (the decking was rebuilt this summer by volunteer Gary Verdick); we have great trucks to haul loads; and we have a crane hoist mounted on the trail … Read More

Gone Fishing…

We were sad to say goodbye to our Head of Maintenance, Don Kerven, who retired from the Museum in June. Don has been with the Museum for over 20 years. He built the Uranium Mine and the bar in the Saloon exhibit at Museum of the West, he kept our robotic dinosaurs operational at Dinosaur Journey, he kept his eyes on our air conditioners, vehicles, roofs, boilers, and every other piece of mechanical equipment. Don … Read More

Specimen Cabinets Donated to Dinosaur Journey

Fifteen steel specimen cabinets were donated to the Dinosaur Journey Museum by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. During the renovations of collections spaces at DMNS, they had numerous used specimen cabinets available as surplus. Joe Sertich and James Hagadorn both reached out to our curator of paleontology, Julia McHugh, about donating a few to our museum. We heartily accepted. Although there is not much spare room in our own collections, we will be … Read More

New Exhibit Opens in January at Dinosaur Journey

We are excited to announce the opening of a new exhibit at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita this January: Jurassic Giant. This exhibit features the largest, most complete Apatosaurus femur (thigh bone) ever found. This massive, 6’ 4” long femur was discovered at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry by museum volunteers during a dino dig in 2010. After five summers of excavation, years of preparation in the Dinosaur Journey Paleo Lab, and careful planning, this massive bone is … Read More

Old Fossil Golf Tournament Update

On September 21, the Museums of Western Colorado and Family Health West hosted the Old Fossil Golf Tournament in collaboration with the Fruita Fall Festival. The tournament took place at Adobe Creek National Golf Course in Fruita. The weather was breezy and cool in the morning, but warmed up to be a fabulous day of golf for our participants. Many thanks to our title sponsors, Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services and Grand Junction Subaru. … Read More

Monster Mash 2018

Fall has arrived! It’s time for pumpkins, apple cider, and ghost and goblins! Halloween is coming soon, and what better monsters to trick or treat with than the dinosaurs at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita. Zane Matthews and the rest of the party crew from KOOL 107.9 will help us host Monster Mash 2018 at Dinosaur Journey on Wednesday, October 31 from 4:00-7:00 pm. Kids and parents can tour the dinosaur exhibits after hours (admission is … Read More

The Care of Robotic Dinosaurs

“Necessity is the mother of invention” – Plato. This is what came to mind after interviewing Don Kerven,employee of the Museums of Western Colorado for 20 years. Due to necessity when faced with budget restrictions throughout his career, Don has used his creativity to maintain what Dinosaur Journey is today. Joining the Museum in 1998, Don started his employment at the downtown Museum of the West while undergoing its large remodel. From the beginning, Don … Read More

Rocks & Rollin’ to Fruita

In July, the Museums of Western Colorado moved the geology collection from the Museum of the West in downtown Grand Junction to Dinosaur Journey in Fruita. The collection consists of beautiful minerals, drill cores, petrified wood, and ore and rock samples. The task was a large undertaking, as the collection was quite extensive. Transfer of the specimens was undertaken by curator of paleontology Dr. Julia McHugh, MWC paleontology field crew Casey Dooms and Tom Buskuskie, … Read More

Gift Shop News – Fall 2018

Artist Rick Adleman grew up reading all about dinosaurs. In his youth, he became hooked when, in the 4th grade, Vivian Jones spoke to his class about the discovery of “Dry Mesa Quarry,” and he has been passionate about dinosaurs ever since.    While attending Colorado Mesa University in the 1980s, Rick pursued his passion and became involved with Dinosaur Valley on Main Street. Under the mentorship of then Executive Director Mike Perry and paleontologist Harley Armstrong, Rick worked in the lab … Read More