Frontier Gateway Museum

  • This museum has unique paleontology displays, interpretation, replicas, or actual skeletons of dinosaurs and other fossils found in Montana.
  • This museum provides public/visitor education programs and/or guided tours of the paleontology displays associated with the facility. These may be both regularly scheduled or available upon request.

201 State St.
Glendive, MT 59330


Frontier Gateway Museum is the official Dawson County museum, located in the heart of the Hell Creek Formation which is rich in Cretaceous fossil remains. The museum displays a full-size skeleton cast of “Margie,” the Struthiomimus found near Glendive in the early 1990s. Other fossils are from Stegoceras, Triceratops, Thescelosaurus and hadrosaurs as well as aquatic and plant fossils.

Did You Know?

Like many of the dinosaurs found in Montana, the Struthiomimus lived about 75 million years ago during the Cretaceous period. This dinosaur was capable of reaching speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. With long legs and ostrich-like features, this species was aptly named ‘struthion’ meaning ostrich and ‘mimus’ meaning mimic.

Where to Next on the Montana Dinosaur Trail?


Makoshika State Park
Glendive, 1/4 mile SE of downtown on Snyder Ave, follow the State Park/Dinosaur Track signs.

Nearest To the South

Carter County Museum
Ekalaka, 109 miles (1.75 hours)
I-94 east from Glendive to Wibaux; MT Highway 7 south from Wibaux to Ekalaka.

Nearest To the West

Garfield County Museum
Jordan, 115 miles (2 hours)
US Hwy 200s northwest from Glendive to Circle, US Hwy 200 west from Circle to Jordan.

While You’re in the Area

Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum

This museum is not a member of the Montana Dinosaur trail. The facility bases its exhibits on a biblical context and sits beside the Frontier Gateway Museum in Glendive.

Glendive Recreation Department

Check out their site for a variety of outdoor opportunities such as winter snowshoes and cross-country ski rentals to providing refreshing swimming and an enjoyable splash park during the summer.

Hell Creek Music

The Hell Creek Music store features the largest selection of guitars in the state of Montana, and has a 38-foot replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex on display.

The Historic Bell Street Bridge

This is the perfect place for riverfront views and an observation point for beautiful sunsets along the Yellowstone River. The bridge provides a safe pedestrian/biking trail over the river.

Yellowstone River

Running through Glendive, the Yellowstone River provides fishing, agate hunting, boating, and other recreational opportunities.

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