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Annals of a Former World

So, you think that Nebraska is a pass-through state? Think again. Nebraska, 12 million years ago... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2018
Gerald W
Frankfort, Michigan
Great Idea - Bones!

What a terrific experience! After paying the entry fees ...we toured the building and saw several... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2018
Gary H
Urbandale, United States
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This archeological site, revealing prehistoric fossils, is a subdivision of the University of Nebraska State Museum
86930 517th Ave, Royal, NE 68773-5052
+1 402-893-2000
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Reviewed 18 October 2018

So, you think that Nebraska is a pass-through state? Think again. Nebraska, 12 million years ago, was the American Serengeti, where many of the animals that we associate with other continents evolved. Here you get a snapshot, frozen in time, a death assemblage of animals...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gerald W
Reviewed 15 September 2018

What a terrific experience! After paying the entry fees ...we toured the building and saw several skeletons of various animals, saw the history of the site, and then walked to the actual dig location. Housed inside a very large structure, the dig was explained to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 30 August 2018

I was in Nebraska providing the support vehicle for my sister who bicycled the Cowboy Trail from Valentine to Norfolk. While she rode, I toured Nebraska. I got into this area where I wasn't finding much to do, so on a whim I went to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

The displays and watching people work on uncovering fossils was so interesting. You could talk to them about their work. It is a very neat place to go and visit. The main area being worked on has a building over it so weather is not...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 22 August 2018

Well things do change in 20 years! The Nebraska State Historical Society has done an excellent job of expanding and upgrading this site. 20 years ago, the building over the site was open air and perhaps a quarter of its present size and the visitor...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 22 August 2018

This is a local gem that is a must-see for fossil/science lovers and the naturally curious. Staff (many college interns) reply to questions from visitors and provide great information on how this amazing site came to be. My daughter is regularly bored by museums and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank elsiecow
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

It off the more heavily traveled highways but well worth the time to get to and view. There is a visitor ‘s center with a gift shop, a working lab where the public can view scientists examining collected fossils from the site and displays about...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank NeCathy
Reviewed 12 August 2018

We stopped at Ashfall Fossil Beds on our way to Mount Rushmore, via the scenic Nebraska route. Although not really close to much, it is a beautiful drive and the dig site is located on a scenic piece of land. To be honest, we were...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank CastilloNE1974
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Seeing the fossils and bones from the Yellowstone Volcano is so amazing. Watching the actual students from University of Nebraska dig and see just in front of you is one of the most amazing things you can see. Students also gave us background on what...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Janice S
Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

We stopped here as an interim stop, along the way to the Badlands. This was very interesting! It’s not an elaborate museum, but worthwhile to see all of the fossils. There were a couple of University of Nebraska undergraduates there, gently exploring a section of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from Seahawkfan12 | Reviewed this property |
When I arrived at the facility I thought it would take less than an hour, but I enjoyed it so much that I spent closer to 2.5 hours there. I would encourage visitors to engage with staff to ask questions and listen to their... More