Paluxysaurus jonesi

This Early Cretaceous sauropod lived about 110 million to 115 million years ago. Paluxysaurus jonesi was estimated to stand about 12 feet high at the shoulder and weigh 20 tons. That’s about the weight of seven elephants! From nose to tail, the dinosaur measured about 60 feet long.

The skeleton on view is actually a combination of four different Paluxysaurus skeletons found in a similar area. Though 60 to 70 percent of a full skeleton was found, most of the bones are too fragile or deformed to be mounted, so casts were made using 3D modeling techniques!

Paluxysaurus jonesi’s name comes from the location of the dig site, a sandstone quarry on the Jones ranch in Hood County, Texas. This site was close to the town of Paluxy on the Paluxy River.

It took 16 years for students, faculty, staff, and volunteers from Southern Methodist University, the Museum, and other organizations to uncover, clean, and mount the pieces on view. The sandstone matrix surrounding Paluxysaurus was difficult to remove specimens from, so some parts of the skeletons are still embedded in blocks of quarry rock and stored in the Museum’s collection.

After paleontologists confirmed these bones belonged to a new species of dinosaur, the Texas State Legislature passed a bill making Paluxysaurus jonesi the official State Dinosaur of Texas in 2009! During the Museum’s 75th anniversary, Paluxysaurus jonesi was moved from the Dino Labs exhibit to a prominent position in Museum’s atrium.

Fun Facts

  1. One Paluxysaurus jonesi femur bone fossil weighs approximately 200 pounds.

  2. It took six weeks to move Paluxysaurus jonesi from one end of the Museum to the other during the 75th anniversary. Watch the time lapse of the installation!

  3. Check out House Bill 16, approved on June 19, 2009, that made Paluxysaurus jonesi the Texas State Dinosaur!

  4. Most of the specimens on display in the Museum are from Texas. You could say everything is bigger in Texas, even the dinosaurs!

Innovation Studios

In Innovation Studios, you can invent, doodle, design, explore and imagine! Whether you're young or just young-at-heart, there's no better way to discover the world than with your hands. In the Studios, you set your own agenda and chart your own path. The possibilities are endless—what will you chose?

  • Take charge of your own art in Doodler Studio
  • Explore light and sound in Designer Studio
  • Discover something new and exciting in Imaginer Studio
  • Build and play in Inventor Studio

Energy Blast

Energy Blast tells the dynamic story of energy resources in North Texas through a unique combination of science and history.  Physics, technology, and innovative thinking spring to life as you are asked to explore geophysical formations, calculate drilling depths and directions and experiment with new resources.

  • Explore a model drilling site for natural gas
  • Get the latest info on how Texas is generating power
  • Uncover the energy pioneers who put Texas on the map

9/11 Tribute

At the center of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s 9/11 Tribute Exhibit is N-101, a full-façade panel that supported three floors (101-103) two stories above the center of the impact zone of the North Tower. The beam is comprised of three steel columns, bolted together, three stories tall and is the largest World Trade Center artifact in Texas.

Officially known as "WTC 1, Column 133, floors 100-103 NIST Steel # N-101, Impact Steel", it is one of the few recovered pieces traced to an exact location within the tower by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Children's Museum Exhibit

The Children’s Museum gallery targets the Museum’s youngest guests – age birth to 8 – and those who care for them. The purpose is to encourage opportunities for children to play, knowing that at this age level, children are learning through play.

  • Shop at the kid-size grocery store
  • Become a doctor, nurse, or EMT
  • Design your own building or train system
  • Explore ideas of friendship, cooperation, and community
  • Restroom, parent resource room, and nursing room available

DinoLabs + DinoDig®

Learn about dinosaurs that roamed in your own backyard millions of years ago and bring them to life using creativity and imagination!  In DinoLabs you’ll discover dinosaur skeletons native to North Texas and cutting-edge technology that brings the experience to life!  Explore DinoDig® and see what you discover in a replica field site.

  • Imagine dinosaur camouflage with DinoGlow™
  • Discover the difference between a bone and a fossil
  • Come face-to-face with fighting dinosaurs
  • Dig for fossils in our mock field site

Noble Planetarium + Gallery

It's a big universe out there, but we've got the highlights. Find out what it was like to go to the Moon. Explore the tools astronomers use to study the cosmos today and decide for yourself where we should explore next.

  • Discover how scientists collect and study meteorites
  • Check out objects that visited the Moon
  • See yourself in infrared light
  • See the Museum's first planetarium equipment

Leonard's Department Store

Grab a taste of Fort Worth history with a new display dedicated to Leonard's Department Store! Leonard's Department Store, founded by Marvin and Obadiah Leonard in 1918, transformed the shopping experience in the city and became an iconic establishment. The store was more than just a department store, offering unique promotions, the first escalator south of the Mason Dixon line, and the world's only privately owned and operated subway.

Make sure to stop by this permanent display, as artifacts from the recently acquired collection will rotate throughout the year!

The Original Leonard Bros Store

Plains Gallery

Our Plains Gallery currently looks a little different as we reflect on how indigenous cultures have been represented in the past. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) continues to shape how museums care for their indigenous collections.

Learn the steps the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is taking in our efforts to support the new regulations!

Bison - Goodnight Ranch


Mexican Roots: Masks, Prints, and Traditional Arts of Mexico

May 4 - August 18, 2024

Celebrate the vibrant world of masks and relief prints that capture the essence of Mexican history, people, culture, and religion. The engaging showcase delves into the common threads that weave through the diverse landscape of traditional Mexican artwork.

For over 150 years, Mexican printmaking and popular art have intertwined, influencing each other and sharing audiences. Masks have been an integral part of Latin American traditions, with rituals, dances, and festivals featuring prominently. This tradition has deep roots dating back to pre-Columbian times. While mask-centric festivals persist in Europe, the prevalence of masks in Latin America is predominantly tied to indigenous cultural traditions. The fusion of Indigenous and European Christian themes has played a significant role, shaping the cultural landscape of Latin America with a mix of traditions evident in dances and ceremonies across the region. Today, the themes of masks, indigenous history, and traditional life remain as potent as ever in Mexican print work, establishing an unmistakable connection between these diverse artistic mediums.

"Mexican Roots" is included in general admission or museum membership. Please note, this exhibit is recommended for ages 12 and up. This exhibit can be found on the first floor, in our temporary exhibits gallery at the back of the Innovation Studios Gallery. Plan your visit today!
"Mexican Roots" is supported by the Fund to Advance Racial Equity at North Texas Community Foundation and Principal.

Cowtown Takes Flight

August 19, 2023 - August 11, 2024

Soar into the world of Fort Worth Aviation history when you visit our newest exhibit, located in the Havener Gallery!

Fort Worth’s history with aviation is long-standing, beginning with pilots performing aerial stunts in fields to becoming a leader in commercial and military aircraft production. Cowtown Takes Flight focuses on the social histories surrounding aviation’s development in our area. Examine the history of flight and aviation in Fort Worth through an amazing collection of photographs, artifacts, and hands on learning.

Cowtown Takes Flight is generously sponsored by Lockheed Martin, Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation, and Humanities Texas.

Lockheed Martin logo

We appreciate the community partners and organizations that have made this exhibit possible:

American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum
Braniff International
Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County
Cradle of Aviation Museum
Elbit Systems of America
Fort Worth Aviation Museum
Fort Worth Public Library
Gideon Toal Managment Services

Lamar University, Archives and Special Collections McClatchy Publishing
Southwest Airlines Archives
Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library, Texas Christian University
Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
Tarrant County Office of Historic Preservation and Archives
The University of North Texas, Portal to Texas History
The University of Texas at Dallas, Special Collections and Archives Division
Vintage Flying Museum
Wright State University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives

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