Behind-the-scenes look at Dinosaur Journey museum in Fruita offered

An opportunity for an intimate look into how dinosaur bones are cleaned, examined and collected is happening soon at a local museum.

Dinosaur Journey, 550 Jurassic Court, in Fruita is offering a behind-the-scenes tour from 5:30–7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19.

Cost is $5 for people of all ages.

The last behind-the-scenes tour at Dinosaur Journey was in fall 2009, and it was well attended, said John Foster, curator of paleontology.

As the name suggests, the behind-the-scenes tour will give people the chance to see the museum’s laboratory and collection room, which are not typically seen by the public.

The lab is the first stop for all dinosaur bones the museum receives, so the bones can be properly cleaned and cataloged, Foster said.

The collection room is the second stop, where the bones can be put together for display in the museum’s main area.

“It’s a chance to see the heart of collections of the museum,” Foster said.

Those who went to the behind-the-scenes tour in 2009 can expect to see changes as the lab is consistently receiving new items, and there have been several changes in the collection room since last year, Foster said.


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