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BC: MOR 005 The World's Largest T.rex Skull! | REFERENCES Wetterlaund, Kris and Sayre, Scott, 2003 Art museum education programs survey, 2003, SurveyReportfinal.doc Ballestrem, Agnes, The conservator-restorer: a definition of the profession, 1978, ICOM Standards


1: MOR The Museum of the Rockies is both a college-level division of Montana State University and an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, MOR is one of just 750 or so museums to hold this distinction from the more than 17,500 museums nationwide. The Museum is also a Smithsonian Institution affiliate and a federal repository for fossils. MISSION The Museum of the Rockies inspires visitors to explore the rich natural and cultural history of America’s Northern Rocky Mountains.In partnership with Montana State University, the Museum reaches diverse communities with engaging exhibits, educational programs, and original research that advance public understanding of the collections. museumoftherockies.org

2: ENTRANCE The outside of the Museum of the Rockies (MOR) is the first time a visitor is introduced to the people and the professions that are gathered to create this museum. The display of "Big Mike," the bronze cast of a T.rex, displays the work of field researchers, paleontologists, laboratory staff, exhibits designers, outside contractors, administration, and donors. All of these people play an important roles in the development and sustainability of the MOR.

3: LOBBY The lobby of the MOR features a diverse group of staff that is required to greet and inform visitors about the museum and its programs. For example, the front desk is staffed by the Visitor and Volunteer Office. | Donor panels are an excellent example of a multiple department project. This panel, on the right, is from a changing exhibit. The donors are cultivated through the Development department, panels are designed by the Graphics department, and displayed by the Exhibits department. In the lobby area, the Marketing department promotes upcoming exhibits. The lobby is also the first point of contact for the Membership department.


5: Changing exhibit galleries display the work of countless departments at the MOR. However, the most important relationship represented is that of the exhibit lender and the MOR exhibits department. Together, these two groups must create a contract, a working floor plan, and install the exhibit. Other departments that assist in changing exhibits are the Education department, which creates and implements programming (Wetterlund & Sayre, 2003, p. 16), Security, which protects and monitors the exhibit, and the Registrar who completes a detailed inventory of the artifacts presented , as well as provides care for artifacts and complies with environmental stipulations of the contract (Ballerstrem, 1978).

6: Permanent Exhibits | Dinosaurs

7: The four dinosaur halls at the MOR highlight the important research being completed by the museum's field crews, laboratory team, and the staff paleontologists. The display of the specimens are also completed by multiple groups of people. Education experts and scientists write panels, graphics creates the panels, and the exhibits team builds and fabricates the exhibit displays.

8: Both the Montana History Hall and the Enduring Peoples exhibits feature the work of Curators, Collection Managers, and Registrars. These exhibits rely heavily on the care, selection, and interpretation of objects and artifacts in order to inform and educate the audience. The work of the exhibits and graphics teams are again present through displays and panels. Both of these exhibits are also part of the Facility rental through Visitor services. Since both exhibits feature large open cases or artifacts without cases, great care in cleaning is provided by the Custodial Care department in conjunction with the Registrar.


10: OBSERVATIONS: Cases were marked with a number for the audio tour. This is a service of Visitor Services. Volunteers and docents led tours though out the museum. This is also a service of Visitor Services. A paleontology viewing lab allows visitors to view laboratory staff working on cleaning and researching bones. Children's programing was provided by the Educational staff.

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