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.
The Paleontology Lab is open Wednesdays-Sundays, 10am-5pm. The lab may be open other days and times, call ahead to check availability. Hours are subject to change.
Often there are volunteers and staff in the lab. However, everyone can still come in and explore anytime the lab is open.
The Paleontology Lab is open to guests of all ages.