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Paleontology Lab

Free with Museum Admission

Evolution at your fingertips

Ancient bones and fossils showcase life’s evolutionary tale. Experience specimens that are millions of years old while interacting with staff and volunteers preparing regionally-collected fossils.

Fossil preparation in action

Step into a working fossil preparation lab! Observe specially-trained staff and volunteers transform fossils collected in the field to display-ready specimens, which requires a lot of rock removal and fossil repair.

As you explore, handle fossil shells, leaves, and bones you can find when exploring Oregon and Washington. What stories do these fossils tell?

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? We have answers! Explore frequently asked questions. For more information please contact us at Info@OMSI.edu or (503) 797-4000.

When is the Lab open?

The Paleontology Lab is open daily, 10am-5pm. Hours are subject to change.

Will there be someone in the lab to help me?

Often there are volunteers and staff in the lab. However, everyone can still come in and explore anytime the lab is open.

How old do I have to be to go into the Paleontology Lab?

The Paleontology Lab is open to guests of all ages.

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OMSI is committed to making science-fueled fun available for all in our community. We are proud to offer admission assistance, financial aid, and accessible services throughout the museum. Explore access resources and amenities for guests visiting the museum.

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