Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, Bryan

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The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is a science, nature and cultural history museum in Bryan, Texas, United States. The museum also maintains memberships in American Alliance of Museums, Natural Science Collections Alliance, and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections.

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History maintains collections in the fields of archaeology, botany, conchology, cultural history, geology, mammalogy, ornithology, and paleontology.

The museum was among 14 to be considered to display one of the four space shuttle orbiters made available by NASA at the end of the space shuttle program to its new Museum of Science and History Former president George H. W. Bush, whose presidential library is several miles from the museum, has expressed his support. Museum officials were initially very positive on their chances to be selected with the museum executive directory saying ""I definitely think that we are going to get one of the shuttles," The museum was not selected to receive an orbiter, finishing last in scoring with the NASA selection community citing significant concerns about the museum's attendance levels and risks to the orbiter in transportation to the museum. Nearby Texas A&M University was selected to receive a full motion shuttle simulator used by astronauts in training.
The Frithiof Fossil Collection includes a 15-inch Paleozoic trilobite and complete skeletons of an Ice Age cave bear, early wolf, Saber-toothed cat, along with numerous other partial skeletons. Dinosaurs are represented by the skull, vertebrae, femur, arm, an enormous tail of a hadrosaurid dinosaur, teeth and various bones of a Tyrannosaurus rex and Albertosaurus, and parts of a gigantic Camarasaurus, Triceratops, and Maiasaura. The hadrosaurid tail is unique in that it is one of the few fossils with fossilized skin.

The Museum houses the complete skeletons of Psittacosaurus, an early ancestor of Triceratops, and a complete Confuciusornis, a relative of both the raptor-like dinosaurs and modern birds. Rare, virtually complete skeletons of early mammals, fish, and reptiles are also available for viewing.
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  • This isn't a very large museum but it is full of information. The buffalo exhibit was very interesting and the mural on the wall is beautiful! There is also dinosaur bones, a wagon, gun exhibit, and.....  more »
  • Awesome museum with interesting displays! I recommend taking your time to truly absorb all the information. Go check it out!  more »
  • Such a nice place, with great staff. A lot of intresting things, plus live animals. My son's favorite was the live bees and Boris the turtle! A very cute, local museum. A good place to spead with your kids on a school holiday. It was cold when we went, but we will definitely be back with a packed lunch to eat outside.
  • The Google description starts with "large" ... well, this one is hardly large. I really took my time and spent about an hour here. Kids would probably blow through in 30 minutes. It's not only natural history, there are some historic displays of the area such as weaving, chuck wagons, etc. Good for a nice, short, educational visit.

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