The Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs

The Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs

The Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs
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Jessica s
Las Vegas, NV4 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
As a dinosaur crazed girl this was my one of the top priority in Mongolia.
(Which is my first travelling out of home).
It had nice bone collections and even full trex bone.
But it was very small for my standard.
Written 27 December 2019
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dnaleciz
Moreno Valley, CA414 contributions
Nov 2019
At one time in the past Dinosaurs of all shapes, sizes and appetites apparently roamed the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. Their fossilized bones and eggs were found in the 1920s by an American explorer. If one desires to see the fossilized remains, one needs to travel approximately 1.5 miles west of Sukhbaatar Square to the Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs. The Museum is located on the north side of Independence Square in an old but very colorful dilapidated building. Entering the building, one finds a ticket booth with a friendly English speaking young lady, who will tell you everything you need to know (and then some) about Mongolian dinosaurs. After you purchase your ticket you proceed into the hall. There you come face to skull with some of the best examples of Mongolian dinosaur fossils in this museum. The centrepiece of the museum is the UV-lit 4meter tall, 3-ton, flesh-eating Tarbosaurus bataar (a cousin of the Tyrannosaurus rex) and the smaller Saurolophus, with its distinctive cranial crest. Wow! The Tarbosaurus bataar made international headlines in 2012 when it sold for over US$1 million at an auction in Texas. The Mongolian government protested that the fossil had been illegally stolen and smuggled out of Mongolia and demanded its return. The legal battle ended when a US judge ruled in favor of Mongolia. The remains were returned to Mongolia and became the initial entry for the Mongolian Dinosaur Museum in 2013. Surrounding these two show stoppers are 11 glass display case displaying fossilized dinosaur eggs and the various remains of different species of dinosaurs. Informational cards in Mongolian and English help to provide information on each exhibit. The second floor contains three additional rooms which includes examples of Velociraptor and Protoceratops remains. and a nest of Oviraptor eggs. The Mesozoic and Paleozoic era Exhibition Halls are also located on the second floor. The museum is very small, and cramped for space. It is housed in the old Lenin Museum Building, constructed in 1974 and in need of a complete rebuild. According to the Mongolian government there are plans to expand it into a world-class institution in the near future. The staff of 28 is doing the best they can with what they currently have. If you have ever watched the movie, Jurassic Park and where thrilled by the dinosaurs, this is an excellent museum to view there remains Highly recommend spending 1 to 11/2 hours at this location. Well worth the time and effort. Hours of operation: Summer (Mid May to Mid September: 1000 - 1900 / Winter (Mid September to Mid May: 0900 - 1800. Entrance fee: Adults: T 5,000 ($1.83 US) / Senior citizens: T 3,000 ($1.09 US) / Camera & video fee required. A small gift shop is located in the lobby, Restrooms are located in the work area of the museum and one needs to ask for directions to find them.
Written 13 December 2019
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RG B
Sacramento, CA123 contributions
Oct 2019
A small dinosaur museum that works hard with what it has on hand. Some interesting Mongolian fossil finds but limited in scope. Reasonably curated with quite a bit of signage in English. Worth a look if you like dinosaurs but keep your expectations in check.
Written 23 October 2019
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dupeyabu
Bristol, UK548 contributions
Oct 2019
We found this museum ok but exhibits not so exciting for the average visitor. It was good that at lot of information was in English. Most exhibits were small remnants or reconstructions. The centrepiece was a relative of the TRex - that was interesting.

It took us less than an hour to go round because it is very small - even if you read the information on each exhibit, I don't think it would take you more than an hour and a half.

If you only have time to go to one museum, the National Museum has more to offer - especially for children. I think it deserves more than an 'average' but maybe not 'very good'.
Written 11 October 2019
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deniselamsdell
London, UK187 contributions
Sep 2019
Some nice exhibits with English translations for most texts, maps and details of the scientists that found them.
Written 1 October 2019
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Larry S
San Francisco, CA21 contributions
Sep 2019
The museum has some excellent fossils and dinosaur skeletons in four rooms. The two big skeletons have English and Mongolian texts. However, the fossils in two of the rooms only have Mongolian texts.
Written 27 September 2019
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Peter_B_Simons
Portland, Australia639 contributions
Aug 2019
This museum is worth a visit as is near city centre. It does have some good exhibits and does cover the extinction of the dinosaurs well . Unfortunately, some of the information is hard to read as in Mongolian and or poorly translated.
Would be great for younger people, especially if are fascinated by dinosaurs. I have been once and would not see need to return.
Written 28 August 2019
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After-Adrenaline
Sydney, Australia24 contributions
Jul 2019
Although a small museum, (when I went there were only 3 rooms on display but it looked like they were making room for more) the amazing thing about this museum was that most of the bones on display were real, not casts. it would be perfect for those with children or just an interest in dinosaurs, it doesn't take much time to look around but leaves a big impression.
Written 22 August 2019
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,638 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
The main attraction, Tarbosarus Bataar, is a stunning dinosaur exhibit

And it, and the next two rooms are pretty good, with acceptable english labelling

The newest, hall 4 lets it down with no english.
Written 21 August 2019
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Retired_Miami
Miami, FL364 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Small, compact, yet informative museum. Very nice high school volunteer gave us information in English. We learned about the 1 dinosaur that was returned from Texas after a lawsuit.
Written 1 August 2019
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