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Exhibit on display May 5 – Aug. 10


“Dream of the Double Didy” by Ray Troll. On view in Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway with Artist Ray Troll and Paleontologist Kirk Johnson, organized by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, WA.

Ammonites, trilobites, dinosaurs, oh my! Fossils are all around us. That’s the message paleontologist Kirk Johnson and artist Ray Troll share in the traveling exhibit Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway. Fossils have long been a subject of fascination and are used by paleontologists to help answer questions about early life on Earth. But how much can the fossil record tell us about evolution, extinction, and geologic time?


“Ceratosaurus Allosaurus” by Ray Troll.

Have you ever wondered what lived in Nebraska during the time of the dinosaurs?

Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway features 19 framed color prints and five large-scale murals of Ray Troll’s whimsical, fossil-inspired artwork, all of which were created for a book of the same title, published by Troll and Johnson in 2007. The book records the “epoch tale” of the duo’s 5,000-mile road trip through the American West as they sought to explore the fossil record. The exhibit combines visuals and stories from the book. Also on view will be a video highlighting Troll’s artistic process.


“Killer Pig” by Ray Troll.

Are you or your little ones fossil fanatics? Don’t miss our Fossil Fest, July 12. Registration is required, so call 402.461.4629 and get on our list! More details available soon.

In addition to the colorful artwork and educational panels that are the core of the exhibit, the Museum will be adding fossils from its own collection.

“We’ve got some great specimens that aren’t normally on display that fit perfectly with the theme established by this exhibit,” said Teresa Kreutzer-Hodson, Hastings Museum Curator of Collections.

“We’re putting some great fossils on display: an allosaurus claw, the humerous from a giant ground sloth, a skull from a giant short-faced bear, and teeth from  mammoths and mastodons found in our area,” she said.

Perhaps best of all, the Museum collaborated with the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs to bring in a number of fossil casts, some of which visitors can touch and feel! And don’t miss the full-sized Mammoth bone hut. It’s a great exhibit and an amazing photo opportunity.

“If your kids are fans of dinosaurs, mammoths, or any prehistoric animals–you don’t want to miss this exhibit.” — Teresa Kreutzer-Hodson, Curator of Collections

Burke logo_horiz_300dpiCruisin’ the Fossil Freeway was organized by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, Washington in collaboration with Ray Troll and Kirk Johnson, authors of the book Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway: An Epoch Tale of a  Scientist and an Artist on the Ultimate 5,000-Mile Paleo Road Trip (Fulcrum Books 2007).

Local sponsorship for Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway was provided by Pershing Orthodontics.

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