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Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden
(4.3/5 based on 45 reviews on the web)
The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, formerly known as the Morden and District Museum, is located in Morden, Manitoba in the lower level of the Morden Recreational Complex. The museum currently houses the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada. (Janzic and Hatcher 2008; Nicholls 1988)CollectionsField excavations occur along the Manitoba Escarpment area of the Pembina Hills in the Red River Valley. Most fossils that are collected are from the Pembina and Millwood Members of the Pierre Shale.The Discovery Centre also houses numerous specimens of the Cretaceous squid Tusoteuthis longa; these specimens represent the northern most known occurrence of these molluscs in the Cretaceous seas of North America. (Nicholls and Isaak, 1987).ProgramsThe Discovery Centre offers school programs, guided tours, summer day camps, paleo tours, fossil dig programs and much more. The museum has a large database of research information pertaining to the fossil collection from the Late Cretaceous Period.The prized specimen is a 43-foot (13 m) long mosasaur fossil, the second largest in North America.Fossil dig programs continue each summer from May to September along the Manitoba Escarpment. A short necked plesiosaur specimen 26 feet (7.9 m) long was excavated in 2004/5, and the Executive Director Anita Janzic has published two scientific abstracts on the specimen and its stomach contents. (Janzic 2007; Janzic 2006)
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  • Who would have thought land-locked Manitoba would be the home to so many marine reptile fossils? A must see for anyone interested in fossils, palaeontology or the thrill of discovery. Excellent displa...  more »
  • This great museum has so much potential if they had more funding. At present it is small, but with great displays. We learned lots of new stuff and plan to go back for one of the day tours (back rooms...  more »
  • I'm not really into Dinosaur stuff, but it was amazing and interesting what this place has. Kids especially would love it! 
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  • Neat little dinosaur museum. Definitely worth a day trip out from the city to see the fossils. If your with younger kids, don't plan to be in the museum for more then an hour, as it's quite small and quick to get through with little ones with short attention spans. We visited the museum with our young kids (5 and 3), and then ate lunch just outside the center in the park and made a half day out of the trip. The museum is unlike most bigger museums where the exhibits are all out of reach. The exhibits here, especially Bruce are all within an arms length and can be seen close up.
  • Great hidden gem. Lots of interesting displays on the geological history of the region, and amazing specimens! We loved Suzie and Bruce. Well worth the trip from Winnipeg.
  • Worth the trip. We had just returned from Drumheller, so if you're expecting the Royal Tyrell Museum you'll be disappointed. But if you're a dinosaur enthusiast, it's a great place to visit. Getting a look at "Bruce" is worth the price of admission.
  • Had a meeting here. If your business or non-profit needs a place to host a meeting make sure you consider the Museum.
  • Horrible place to visit. There are some fossil but not worthy to visit. You to drive around 130km and later spend 8$ per person which will take 5 minutes to finish.